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Oxford University Highlights 2012 "Words Of The Year"
2012-11-13 13:13:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every year the Oxford University Press attempts to take a snapshot in time of English-speaking culture by selecting the “words of the year.” For 2012, the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have chosen ℠omnishambles´ as their word of the year for the United Kingdom. The word of the year should not be confused with new entrants into the Oxford dictionary. Those words are selected because they are...

Metamaterial Aims To Redefine Printed Circuit Boards
2012-10-20 08:05:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It's probably a safe bet that you have never been in a big electronics retailer like Best Buy or Comp USA and seen a sign boasting the percentage of recycled electronic components that a laptop or smart TV uses. This suits the electronics industry, as many of the leading companies make their money selling more and more new components. A new technology from Oxford University, however, may just change this paradigm forever....

New Yet Research Project To Look For DNA
2012-05-23 05:27:14

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Wolfson College is taking a giant leap forward by attempting to discover the legendary Yeti through analyzing samples of teeth and hair. The college, which is part of Oxford University, is asking for Yeti samples so it can use the latest DNA technology to analyze the fabled beast's genome against other species in the world. "As part of a larger enquiry into the genetic relationship between our own species Homo sapiens and other hominids, we invite...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'