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2006-09-27 08:58:14

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States should begin construction of two new heavy-duty icebreakers, the National Research Council said Tuesday. There are currently four icebreakers in service but two of them, the Polar Sea and Polar Star, are near the end of their service lives and have experienced mechanical problems requiring extensive repair, according to the report requested by Congress. Of the four icebreakers, those are the only two designed for heavy ice, the study says, so work should...

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2005-02-03 07:23:14

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- U.S. ships have delivered food, fuel and equipment to Antarctic science bases, despite fears they would not be able to pass through the ice pack formed behind the world's largest iceberg, officials said Thursday. A fuel tanker and cargo ship, following a 94-mile path cut by icebreakers through up to 10-feet-thick ice, has reached a pier in McMurdo Sound, U.S. National Science Foundation spokesman Arthur Brown said. The ice pack was nearly double its normal...


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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