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Coral Algae Could One Day Be Used In Sunscreen Pill
2011-08-31 07:00:52

  British researchers studying coral in Australia´s Great Barrier Reef could create a pill that would prevent sunburn in people, The Telegraph is reporting. Despite living in shallow water, coral does not suffer from the harmful effects of UV rays as it is able to produce a "natural sunscreen." Coral converts compounds produced by algae living inside it to make a sunscreen which protects both the coral and the algae from sunburn, the researchers discovered. Lead researcher...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • 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.'
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