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2012-03-12 16:26:42

The man who first suspected that the Earth's protective ozone layer was being depleted has died at the age of 84-years-old. Sherwood Rowland, a U.S. chemistry professor, published a paper on the dangers of chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) in 1974. He received a Nobel Prize for his work 20 years later because at the time of his paper being published his ideas were ridiculed. Rowland was a University of California researcher who, along with colleagues, led to some restrictions being placed...


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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