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Gas Industry Asked To Halt E15
2012-12-01 09:15:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online One prominent travel organization is calling on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to temporarily halt the sale of E15 gasoline, citing fears that the new ethanol-based fuel blend could damage motor vehicles. In a statement released Friday, the American Automobile Association (AAA) warned that use of the recently approved gasoline, which can contain as much as 15 percent ethanol, could result in "a strong...

Alcoholic Fly Larvae Need A Drink To Learn
2012-11-29 16:54:43

Cell Press Fly larvae fed on alcohol-spiked food for a period of days grow dependent on those spirits for learning. The findings, reported in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, on November 29th, show how overuse of alcohol can produce lasting changes in the brain, even after alcohol abuse stops. The report also provides evidence that the very human experience of alcoholism can be explored in part with studies conducted in fruit flies and other animals, the researchers say....

Process To Convert Sugar Directly To Diesel Resurrected
2012-11-07 13:38:34

University of California - Berkeley Long-abandoned bacterial fermentation process resurrected to feed catalysis into fuel mixture A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered. Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial...

Drunk Birds Have A Long Way To Fall
2012-11-04 06:57:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A dozen dead blackbirds, discovered last summer by officials in northwestern England who feared they had been abused, had actually sustained their fatal injuries after getting drunk on fermented berries. According to a Saturday report by The Telegraph's Medical Editor Rebecca Smith, police investigating an incident at a grade school in Cumbria county discovered a total of 13 young birds, including one which was still alive, but...


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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