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2009-07-02 13:47:45

Researchers from Canada, Japan and the US have completed an extensive genetic survey of the rare Amur tiger to show the species' chances of survival in the future. Led by Michael Russello and Philippe Henry of the University of British Columbia, in Kelowna, Canada, the team took nuclear DNA from 95 Amur, or Siberian, tigers in the wild. The sample size translates to up to 20 percent of the tiger's remaining population of about 500. "Although the census population size of Amur tigers is closer...


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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