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2010-05-06 10:50:00

The volcanic activity that has recently happened in Iceland is making the case for a new satellite tracking instruments. As ash from Eyjafjallajokull grounded more flights this week, Dr. Fred Prata, a remote sensing expert, told an Earth sciences meeting in Vienna that current monitoring from space was good but not good enough. "Of the present suite of satellite instruments, none were developed for the volcanic ash problem," he said. "Therefore, they are sub-optimal for detecting and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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