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2011-05-18 06:41:00

SEOUL, South Korea, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced that it will partially open long-awaited "Floating Island" to the public on May 21. The Island under construction on the Hangang (Han River) is the largest artificial floating island in the world and the first equipped with an aquatic convention center. The Floating Island comprised of three artificial islets is currently being constructed on the river around Banpo Hangang Park in...

2010-02-02 05:19:00

SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- A floating platform made with steel-frame blocks to serve as the buoyant foundation for the world's first artificial floating island will be launched in the Hangang river, the landmark river that runs through Seoul from east to west, flowing to the West Sea. The launch will take place on February 6 at river terrace near the southern end of the Dongjak Bridge where the platform has been assembled. After the launch, the upper section of...

2009-11-09 07:00:00

GORDONSVILLE, Va., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Beta-Pro LLC, a biotechnology firm that provides diabetes researchers with custom cellular and consulting services, has entered a new phase of growth as it bridges the widening gap between an inconsistent, low quality supply of human pancreatic islets and skyrocketing demand. Beta-Pro provides pharmaceutical researchers with a high quality, consistent supply of islets and other biomaterials. The firm isolates and distributes insulin-producing human...

2008-08-11 09:01:31

S. Korea plans to build solar power plant on disputed islets SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The South Korean government plans to build a solar power plant on the disputed islets of Dokdo, which Japan calls Takeshima, by November, the Korea Herald reported Thursday. According to the report, the government will erect a 50 kilowatte solar power facility on one of the two main islets of Dokdo starting from next month. When the solar plant is completed, it will meet 30 percent of electricity...

2008-07-14 09:00:20

South Korea reacted strongly Monday to Japans' move to show two disputed islets called Takeshima in the Sea of Japan as part of its territory. The claim over the islets controlled by South Korean was contained in an educational document released by Japan's Education Ministry. Saying the claim is unacceptable and intolerable, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said South Korea planned to temporarily recall its ambassador to Japan, Yonhap news agency reported. In South Korea, the islets are...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'