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2012-09-04 18:06:44

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When a device such as a cell phone, computer, or refrigerator breaks, so many of us just think to take it out with the trash. What's not considered is the hazardous materials inside the devices that then leech into the environment - or could be recycled into new devices. In Europe, there's legislation governing Integrated Waste Management Systems (SIG), however it's not always followed. A new study conducted by the University of...

Food Waste In America Astronomical
2012-08-23 13:33:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Go to your refrigerator. Now take almost half the food out and throw it in the trash. That´s what the typical American does, wasting up to 40 percent of the nation´s food supply, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The nonprofit and nonpartisan environmental advocacy group said that $165 billion of food products go uneaten every year, which equals approximately $2,275 per household. The...


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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