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2010-04-02 08:20:08

Discovery may be in front of your home computer. As technology increases the amount of new information available in various fields of science such as oceanography, astronomy and ecology, researchers are turning to citizen scientists to unlock the data. In a study funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Education & Human Resources, researchers are studying an online suite of citizen-science projects called Zooniverse to determine the implications of public...

2008-07-11 06:00:24

By Steve Tetreault By STEVE TETREAULT stephens washington bureau WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday renewed a call for Congress to release 10,240 acres of federal land at Sunrise Mountain from wilderness study, which the agency said would make it easier to remove trash and manage other evidence of sprawl on the eastern outskirts of Las Vegas. The BLM's request has gained little attention on Capitol Hill. In Nevada, leaders of several environmental groups were...

2008-07-04 15:00:30

By David Porter In mid-June, Mesaba Airlines flight 2726 lingered longer on Runway 27 at Memphis International Airport than controllers expected, throwing timing off track for Pinnacle Airlines flight 5962 on approach a few miles behind. Because two airplanes cannot be on the runway at the same time, controllers told 5962 to "go-around," a routine maneuver in which an incoming plane pulls up at the last minute and circles around. As the pilot headed west to try again, the plane came...


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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