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Arctic Is Changing Before Our Eyes
2012-12-07 05:07:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The 2012 Arctic Report Card was released on Thursday, showing a record low snow coverage and record low sea ice extent. The report card calls on the expertise of 140 scientists from 15 countries to summarize the state of the Arctic. Martin Jeffries of the Office of Naval Research warns that "if we are not already there, we're clearly on the verge of seeing a new Arctic." The report shows a longer growing season with greener...


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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