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2010-10-05 06:15:00

A huge asteroid visited by Europe's Rosetta probe is encased in a thick, dusty layer of debris at least 2,000 ft. deep, created by eons of impacts that have left the shattered surface with a texture similar to the Earth's Moon. The findings are among the first to emerge from the plethora of data collected by Rosetta during its close flyby of Lutetia 282 million miles from Earth, beyond the orbit of Mars. Details of the encounter are being presented at a conference this week of the Division...


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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