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2008-10-02 03:00:25

By Rach, Nina M Exploration and development of petroleum resources in deep water requires extreme engineering. Often equated with the technical demands of working in space, the high pressures and low temperatures of the deep ocean's extreme conditions require highly engineered robotics and thermal protection systems. Images provided by remotely operated vehicles 1-2 miles below the ocean surface give us a glimpse of unusual creatures and ecosystems. ROVs run by Oceaneering International...


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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