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2008-07-22 21:00:24

That loud noise heard along rocky reefs near New Zealand at dawn and at dusk are sea urchins chowing down -- loudly, scientists said. Craig Radford of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, curious about why ambient underground water noises became louder twice a day, recorded sounds made by individual reef animals then compared them with the sound in the natural reef, New Scientist reported Tuesday. Radford and his colleagues found grazing sea urchins produced the noise as they scraped...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'