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2010-11-29 11:17:55

A unique queen's crown with ancient symbols combined with a new method of studying status in Egyptian reliefs forms the basis for a re-interpretation of historical developments in Egypt in the period following the death of Alexander the Great. A thesis from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) shows that Cleopatra was not ancient Egypt's only female pharaoh "“ Queen Arsinoë II came first, 200 years earlier. Researchers are largely agreed on Queen...

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2009-03-04 09:55:00

Parents can help their teenagers to never start smoking. A Swedish study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health has found that adolescents respond positively to their parents' attitudes towards smoking. The research, carried out by a team led by Maria Nilsson of Umeå University, Sweden, utilized statistics obtained from three national surveys conducted by The National Board for Health and Welfare and The Swedish National Institute of Public Health in 1987,...

2009-03-03 21:40:59

Parents can dissuade their children from smoking by not smoking themselves and not allowing their children to smoke at home, Swedish researchers said. The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found that adolescents respond positively to their parents' attitudes toward smoking. Study leader Maria Nilsson of Umea University in Sweden utilized statistics obtained from three national surveys conducted by The National Board for Health and Welfare and The Swedish National Institute...


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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