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2011-07-13 23:36:24

Blue Ribbon Panel to Assess U.S. Activities on World's Southernmost Continent Norm Augustine, the former Chair of the National Academy of Engineering, will lead an upcoming strategic review of U.S. science-support operations on the continent of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today. Augustine, who served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology during both Democratic...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'