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2010-10-01 09:10:00

The sun is a very noisy place, generating an inferred multi-frequency song comparable to cathedral bells To most of us, the sun seems to dangle in space silently without making so much as a peep. Nevertheless, "the sun is a very noisy place," said Scott McIntosh of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported National Center for Atmospheric Research. What does the sun sound like? As best as we can tell, the sun sounds like a low hum punctuated by frequent rhythmic, bass-y thumps. How does...


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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