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2009-09-07 08:09:02

By adapting a single protein on the surface of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, researchers at the University of British Columbia have turned it into a protein production factory, making useful proteins that can act as vaccines and drugs. Dr. John Smit presented the findings at the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, today (7 September). C. crescentus is a harmless bacterium that has a single protein layer on its surface. Dr Smit's team...

2005-07-23 11:58:03

By Marius Bosch JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's 33-20 win over Australia on Saturday drew Nelson Mandela's 87th birthday celebrations to a sparkling close, a decade after he helped spur the Springboks to their first Rugby World Cup win. "Madiba magic worked for us," South Africa rugby captain John Smit said, referring to Mandela's clan name used by his countrymen. Saturday's game between South Africa and Australia for the Mandela Challenge Plate marked the end of a week-long...


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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