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2012-08-13 07:23:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A special type of glass coating, developed by a German company and inspired by spider webs, is being used for the first time in the UK to help protect birds flocking to an island off the northeast coast of England. The glazing, which is known as Ornilux and is visible to birds but invisible to humans, was developed by researchers at Arnold Glas and is being used at a lookout tower at The Holy Island of Lindisfarne in order to keep...

New Theory Shows That Neither Birth Nor Death Stops A Flock
2012-02-23 18:00:40

With a newly developed math equation, new insights could come on cell development and drug therapies Neither births nor deaths stop the flocking of organisms. They just keep moving, says theoretical physicist John J. Toner of the University of Oregon. The notion, he says, has implications in biology and eventually could point to new cancer therapies. Picture any scenario in which self-propelled organisms -- animals, birds, bacteria, molecules within cells, cancer cells, fish, and even...

2011-06-27 13:54:00

MURRIETA, Calif., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- COPAN announced this week that it has received the Chinese patent for its invention of flocked swabs, FLOQSwabs(TM), for collection and transfer of biological samples. The Chinese flocked swabs patent is the latest addition to a growing number of patents held by COPAN across the world for the use of flocked swabs for collection and transfer of biological samples, including a European patent that covers several countries (N degree 1608268),...

2010-09-13 11:45:00

MURRIETA, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- COPAN announced this week that it has received the Japanese patent for the invention of flocked swabs, FLOQSwabs, for collection and transfer of biological samples. The Japanese flocked swabs patent (2007-523663) is the latest addition to a growing number of patents held by COPAN across the world for the use of flocked swabs for collection and transfer of biological samples, including the Australian patent (2004226798) granted earlier this year, a...

2010-05-13 15:21:00

MURRIETA, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Copan was recently granted the Australian patent for its line of flocked swabs. Copan is the original inventor of flocked swab technology and introduced the first flocked swabs to the market in 2004. The Australian patent (2004226798) is the latest addition to a growing number of countries where Copan holds a patent for its flocked swab technology. In addition to the newly granted Australian patent, Copan also holds European patent (1608268), a...


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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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