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2010-01-04 16:00:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) announced today it has commissioned the construction of a dive support vessel (DSV) with an estimated capital cost of $17 million. Oceaneering expects delivery of the 200 foot by 46 foot vessel from a U.S. Gulf Coast shipyard late in the fourth quarter of 2010. The new vessel will replace the Ocean Project, which was built in 1972. This state-of-the-art DSV will be U.S. flagged and outfitted to...

2009-08-04 10:02:10

Divers who held their breath for several minutes had elevated levels of a protein that can signal brain damage, according to a new study from the Journal of Applied Physiology. However, the appearance of the protein, S100B, was transient and leaves open the question of whether lengthy apnea (breath-holding) can damage the brain over the long term."The results indicate that prolonged, voluntary apnea affects the integrity of the central nervous system, and may have cumulative effects," the...

2009-07-28 09:37:00

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that summer is in full swing, stories about home pool or hot tub tragedies are making headlines across the county. With millions enjoying their summers by swimming in backyard pools and relaxing in hot tubs, the need for home pool and hot tub safety is urgent. The American Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation((R)) want all home pool and hot tub owners to make safety their priority by following these safety guidelines:...

2009-07-24 20:20:23

Guo Jingjing won her 10th career World Diving Championships gold medal Friday, teaming with Wu Minxia to capture the women's springboard synchronized title. Guo has won both the individual and synchronized 3-meter gold at each of the last five world championships. She won the individual crown at both the Beijing and Athens Olympics as well as the silver medal in the Sydney Games nine years ago. Wu teamed with Guo to capture the synchronized 3-meter gold at the last two Olympics. Guo is such a...

2009-07-23 20:07:53

Olympic champion He Chong of China edged American Troy Dumais Thursday to win the 3-meter springboard gold medal at the World Diving Championships. He won the same event in Beijing last year when Chinese divers thoroughly dominated the Olympics in Beijing, claiming seven of the eight diving gold medals. There are 10 diving events at the world championships and of the eight contested thus far, China has won five. He turned in the top score on only two of the six dives, but was consistent...

2009-07-23 10:01:16

News reports last week about scuba divers off San Diego being menaced by large numbers of Humboldt's or jumbo squid have raised the ire of University of Rhode Island biologist Brad Seibel. As a leading expert on the species who has dived with them several times, he calls the reports "alarmist" and says the squid's man-eating reputation is seriously overblown.For years Seibel has heard stories claiming that Humboldt squid will devour a dog in minutes and could kill or maim unsuspecting...

2009-07-15 19:44:51

U.S. orthopedic surgeons say divers need to ensure the depth of a body of water is double the distance of the height from which they are diving. For example, to dive from a cliff or high point 8 feet above the water, it is necessary to make sure the bottom of the body of water -- including any rocks, boulders or other impediments -- is at least 16 feet under water, members of the American Association of Orthopaedic surgeons say. The surgeons also advise only one person at a time stand on a...

2009-06-25 06:40:00

WEST ORANGE, N.J., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is here and along with days spent at the pool, lake or ocean comes the increased risk of water-related injuries. In fact, diving is among the leading causes of spinal cord and traumatic head injuries in the United States today. "Diving is arguably the most dangerous thing a person can do in water," says Steven Kirshblum, MD, Medical Director and Director of Spinal Cord Injury Services...

2009-06-17 12:22:00

Dive Industry Holds Press Conference with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and US Coast Guard to Announce Campaign SAN DIEGO, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, representatives from the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) and the Divers Alert Network (DAN), joined officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for a press conference at the USCG Miami Sector to unveil the first...

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2009-05-11 10:36:10

Three British war veterans recently joined a dozen wounded U.S. troops for the twice-yearly Warrior Dive in Key Largo in May that promotes scuba diving as a rehabilitative therapy, according to Reuters. After half an hour of working to get quadriplegic British Royal Marine Dominic Lovett into a neoprene wetsuit, six scuba instructors helped him into the waters of the Florida keys to let him experience a temporary freedom from his disabilities. Lovett was able to swim around the shallow lagoon...


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  • A spider.
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'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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