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2010-01-16 08:40:00

An avalanche survival study in Austria that involved burying 29 pigs alive under large amounts of snow has been cancelled to avoid potential public protests, police said Friday. Animal rights organizations had denounced the experiment, calling it "bizarre" and "macabre", while activists had started assembling in the Tyrol's Oetz valley, where the research was being conducted. "The outcry is understandable but also naive; animal experiments take place every day in different places," researcher...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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