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2007-06-03 12:00:24

SALLY THOMSON POJOAQUE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL Thomson graduated at the top of Pojoaque's 139-member senior class, its largest ever. Thomson still can't believe high school is over. "It hasn't really sunk in at all yet," Thomson says. Thomson devoted much of this school year to working on Pojoaque's student yearbook as one of three senior editors on the yearbook staff. She also took advanced-placement courses in English IV and Calculus. She left Wednesday for a two-week trip to Italy and...

2007-05-09 09:00:00

BERKELEY -- Combining diamond anvils and powerful lasers, laboratory researchers have developed a technique that should be able to squeeze materials to pressures 100 to 1,000 times greater than possible today, reproducing conditions expected in the cores of supergiant planets. Until now, these pressures have only been available experimentally next to underground nuclear explosions. "This lets us explore a new regime of chemistry and reproduce the conditions of more extreme planets," said...

2005-10-07 13:50:00

SANTA FE -- Imagine being able to paint your roof with enough alternative energy to heat and cool your home. What if soldiers in the field could carry an energy source in a roll of plastic wrap in their backpacks? Those ideas sound like science fiction þu particularly in the wake of the rising costs of fossil fuel. But both are on the way to becoming reality because of a breakthrough in solar research by a team of scientists from New Mexico State University and Wake...

2005-08-25 16:50:04

PALESTINE, Texas (AP) -- The name of NASA's balloon research facility now honors space shuttle Columbia's seven astronauts, who died when their spacecraft disintegrated over east Texas in 2003, the agency announced Thursday. The National Scientific Balloon Facility now is the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, proposed the change in April. He said it would help commemorate what Columbia's crew stood for: "Honor, bravery and the quest for knowledge for...

Word of the Day
  • 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.'