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2013-05-02 23:17:25

From Dan Handley Science Media, LLC, American Public Television begins distributing UNDAUNTED: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory, a one-hour documentary that tells the inspirational stories of determined scientists whose discoveries helped pioneer early aviation, solar research, and the founding of astrophysics. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) May 02, 2013 UNDAUNTED: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory is a one-hour documentary that tells the surprising stories of the...

2008-06-24 02:25:00

By Jeremy Boren Lou Coban has what many people would consider the ultimate office: plenty of space, little supervision and a stellar view. He's encouraged to clock in around noon because his work as administrator and electronics guru of the Allegheny Observatory usually takes him late into Riverview Park's starry evenings. "Most people have an office; I have a whole building," Coban said as he gazed at the 96-year-old observatory's largest telescope. The 47-foot-long Thaw Memorial...

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2005-07-07 14:37:11

The existence of extrasolar planets has become common knowledge in the past decade. But in the mid-20th Century, the search for worlds orbiting other stars got off to a rocky start. Alan Boss, an astronomer with the Carnegie Institution of Washington, recounts the early days of extrasolar planet-hunting. Astrobiology Magazine -- These days, it is generally accepted within the scientific community that there are planets orbiting nearby stars. In the past decade, more than 130 such extrasolar...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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