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First Record Of 1 Million Year Old Pollinating Insects Discovered
2012-05-16 04:27:26

A new study, conducted at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ERSF), details the first recorded cases of pollination by insects. Scientists discovered many insects coated in specks of pollen within two pieces of amber dating back to 110 to 105 million years ago in northern Spain. Amber is the only medium that can contain such highly detailed features such as pollination over millions of years. The team of international scientists includes Xavier Delclòs from 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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