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2011-10-27 04:35:18

3 European parasitoid wasp 'species' are seasonal forms of just 1 Three widely differing forms of European Scambus parasitoid wasps that had previously been regarded as distinct species are shown to be seasonal morphs of a single species. The collaboration involved National Museums Scotland (Mark Shaw), a private individual (Malcolm Jennings) and Imperial College London + Natural History Museum (Donald Quicke). It was published in the open access Journal of Hymenoptera Research. The...

2009-01-18 10:50:23

British artist Tony Hart, known for his illustrations on TV programs such as Saturday Special, died Sunday at the age of 83, his family says. Hart's family confirmed the host of numerous TV children's shows died of unspecified causes following a long illness that included two strokes during the last few years, The Guardian reported. Among the TV shows Hart hosted during his career were Take Hart, Hart Beat and Vision On. One of Hart's most notable creations was the animated Plasticine...

2008-08-17 18:00:29

Local bands The Quails, Morph and Rocket 88 are set to play at the annual Dubs At The Beach VW festival, part of Paignton Regatta's celebrations. The music on Sunday kicks off at 11am on Paignton Green with Rocket 88 followed by Morph and Teignmouth favourites The Quails. There will be plenty of sideline entertainment, the biggest attraction being the gleaming cars. Lots of refreshments will be served to help quench the thirst of music gurus - just be sure to take a brolley or mac: the...

2005-11-14 05:55:13

By Cynthia Littleton LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - One of the silliest, most inventive and most artfully produced programs to come along in years arrives in the U.S. next month on BBC America from Aardman Animations, the British outfit whose feature "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" is playing in domestic multiplexes. Inspired by animator Nick Park's Oscar-winning short film, the "Creature Comforts" series of vignettes are built around a wonderfully simple...

2005-10-10 06:40:00

LONDON -- All the props and sets from the Wallace and Gromit movies were feared destroyed in a fire on Monday, the day after the plasticine pals' debut feature film went straight to the top of the North American box office. Production house Aardman Animations said a blaze at a warehouse in Bristol, western England, was thought to have wiped out its entire history, including models, memorabilia and awards from the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short films. "We woke up to the most fantastic...

2005-10-10 06:36:50

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - All the props and sets from the Wallace and Gromit movies were feared destroyed in a fire on Monday, the day after the plasticine pals' debut feature film went straight to the top of the North American box office. Production house Aardman Animations said a blaze at a warehouse in Bristol, western England, was thought to have wiped out its entire history, including models, memorabilia and awards from the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short...


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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