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2004-11-28 06:00:07

AN IRISH firm has won a prestigious two-year research and development contract with the Euro-pean Space Agency. Fibrepulse Limited will assess the feasibility of using fibre optic tech-nology on satellites. Fibre optic technologies allow for the transmission of high data rates using light signals. Current satellites use copper cables, but fibre optics would bring advant-ages including faster speed and lower weight. Shane Scott, Technical Director of Fibrepulse, said: "The effects...


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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