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2012-09-06 16:22:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have dated climate history for Mars for the first time. The ice caps on Mars' poles are miles thick, composed of ice and dust and contain layers that can be seen in cliffs and valley slopes. The layers are believed to reflect past climate on Mars, in the same way that Earth's climate history can be seen from the ice caps on Greenland and Antarctica. The scientists were able to...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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