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2010-02-03 07:30:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Burgeoning demand from applications such as forensics, environmental protection, pollution, recycling, and research is expected to provide support for the world X-ray instrumentation markets. The need for tools, such as X-ray instruments, in these sophisticated environments is on the rise. X-ray instrumentation offers better price-to-performance ratio in areas of new technology development. In particular, portable instruments are seeing...


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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