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2012-09-11 22:28:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Pinyon Pine trees of the American southwest are dying off in large numbers, and many researchers have already guessed what is to blame: the heat. Well, and pine beetles. While it may seem like common sense to blame the death of thousands of trees and other forms of vegetation on extreme heat and dry conditions, some researchers at the University of Arizona are looking past the cause and into the effect. Namely, what...

Drought Is Sweet News For Wineries
2012-08-27 05:49:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While drought conditions throughout much of the United States are hampering corn and soybean crops, thus all but ensuring that Americans will be paying more for products relying on those grains as ingredients, there might be some benefit to the lack of rain after all -- to oenophiles, at least. According to CNN reporter Athena Jones, while corn yields could reach their lowest levels in more than 15 years, the dry conditions can...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'