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2010-11-04 09:31:40

Researchers at MIT have unveiled a new, skin-tight spacesuit that mimics the effects of Earth's gravity and could help prevent the loss of bone mass in astronauts, according to a new study scheduled for publication in the journal Acta Astronautica. Previous research has illustrated that astronauts lose between one and two percent of their body's bone mass per month while in outer space. While conditioning exercises are used to try and stave off this bone loss, it has remained a roadblock to...


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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