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2005-10-10 06:00:00

Solar activity can be surprisingly good for astronauts. NASA -- Last month, the sun went haywire. Almost every day for two weeks in early September, solar flares issued from a giant sunspot named "active region 798/808." X-rays ionized Earth's upper atmosphere. Solar protons peppered the Moon. It was not a good time to be in space. Or was it? During the storms, something strange happened onboard the International Space Station (ISS): radiation levels dropped. "The crew of the ISS absorbed...


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drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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