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Fracking Sites Are Home To Microbe Populations
2012-12-06 07:09:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers making a genetic analysis of microbes living at a fracking site have uncovered some surprises. The scientists reported that they found very few genetic biomarkers for archaea, a domain of single-celled species found in high-salt environments and hot springs. Instead, they found many more for species that derive from bacteria. The team also reported that they found the populations of microbes changed dramatically over a...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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