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2008-08-30 14:10:00

Scientists have found a new species of giant clam in the Red Sea. It is the first new living species of giant clam that has been discovered in 20 years. The species, Tridacna costata, accounted for more that 80% of local giant clams 125,000 years ago, but researchers now believe the species may be critically endangered. The researchers suggest in Current Biology journal that their findings may represent one of the earliest examples of marine organism over-exploitation.The species, which is...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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