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2009-07-14 13:25:18

An often-overshadowed branch of the United Nations known as the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) mostly has earthly concerns on its agenda, AFP reported. The tiny UN office and its 27 employees sit almost forgotten in the vast hallways of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, where it mostly coordinates help for poor countries to develop crops and manage natural disasters. "If we do make contact with aliens, who do you think should be representing mankind?" jokes UNOOSA director...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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