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2010-12-08 02:11:36

Polar research must become an integral part of the European Union's research activities if Europe is to benefit from the dramatically changing face of the Polar Regions, the European Polar Board (EPB) said today at the launch of its strategic position paper on European polar research: "Relevance, Strategic Context and Setting Future Directions."  European research activities in the Polar Regions are significant, amounting to over 300 million euro per year in recognition of the regions'...

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2009-12-09 10:55:00

With growing concerns about the effects of global warming on polar bears, it's increasingly important to understand how other environmental threats, such as mercury pollution, are affecting these magnificent Arctic animals. New research led by biogeochemists Travis Horton of the University of Canterbury and Joel Blum of the University of Michigan lays the groundwork for assessing current and future effects of mercury deposition and climate change on polar bears. The study appears in the...

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2009-02-25 10:45:00

Glacier ice appears to be melting in the western portion of Antarctica and not only on the Antarctic Peninsula, scientists reported on Wednesday in conclusion to the 2007-2008 International Polar Year. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) alongside the International Council for Science (ICSU) released the "State of Polar Research" report today. The IPY took into account the work of more than 160 projects from researchers in more than 60 countries and received funding of about $1.2...


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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