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2009-04-02 11:06:28

U.S. scientists say rocket launches might soon need to be regulated to prevent significant damage to the Earth's stratospheric ozone layer. The researchers -- University of Colorado-Boulder Professor Darin Toohey; Patrick Ross of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Martin Ross and Manfred Peinemann of the Aerospace Corp. in Los Angeles -- estimated future ozone layer depletion based on the expected growth of the space industry and known impacts of rocket...

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2009-04-01 09:20:00

Future stratospheric ozone losses from unregulated launches will eventually exceed ozone losses from CFCs The global market for rocket launches may require more stringent regulation in order to prevent significant damage to Earth's stratospheric ozone layer in the decades to come, according to a new study by researchers in California and Colorado. Future ozone losses from unregulated rocket launches will eventually exceed ozone losses due to chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, which stimulated the...


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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