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Scientists Give Archerfish An Eye Exam
2013-03-21 19:32:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Using an eye test developed for the military, Australian scientists from the University of Queensland have determined the visual acuity of archerfish. One of the world´s most unique hunters, archerfish spit a stream of water at their small insect prey — knocking it down into the water where the fish snaps it up. Since the water acts as a barrier for the fish´s senses of smell and sound, the researchers were...


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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