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2010-12-08 14:30:00

NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics releases image of fourth planet orbiting bright star HR 8799 An international team of astronomers has discovered a fourth giant planet, HR 8799e, outside our solar system. The new planet joins the three planets that were the subjects of the first-ever images of a planetary family orbiting a star other than our Sun. The planets orbit the star HR 8799, which lies about 129 light years from Earth and is faintly visible to the naked eye. The international...

2010-08-10 15:21:46

New advances will further brain research of diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's The University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine scientists who proved it is possible to cultivate a network of brain cells that reconnect on a silicon chip "“ or the brain on a microchip "“ have been involved in the development of new technology that monitors brain cell activity at a resolution never achieved before. Developed with the National Research Council Canada (NRC), the new silicon...

2008-07-09 09:00:00

When it comes to natural health products research, Biotanika and the National Research Council Canada (NRC) are reaching beyond borders. They have signed a collaborative research agreement bridging expertise from a private company and a federal R&D organization, and involving teams drawn from Quebec and Prince Edward Island. The public-private, interprovincial collaboration will also bring together nature's true potential. Under the terms of the agreement, experts at the NRC 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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