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2009-07-03 13:07:38

Modern Tuscans show no genetic relationship to the Etruscans who occupied the area during the Bronze Age, Italian researchers have found. While there is a genetic link between Medieval Tuscans and the current population, no link could be found to inhabitants from the Bronze Age, David Caramelli of Florence University and Guido Barbujani of Ferrara University said. Immigration and forced migration have diluted the Etruscan genetic inheritance so much as to make it difficult to recognize, the...

2008-07-04 06:00:54

AIRTRICITY, the renewable energy division of Perth-based Scottish & Southern Energy, has entered into a 60/40 joint venture with Italian wind farm development company Entropya. The joint venture company will be based in Lecce in Puglia, southern Italy, and will develop a portfolio of wind farm sites across Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily. It has a development pipeline of more than 2,000 megawatts and follows a similar deal between Airtricity and Swedish Gothia Vind in April....

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2007-01-15 18:01:35

ROME - A container ship and a commuter hydrofoil collided near the entrance to the Sicilian port of Messina on Monday evening, killing two people and injuring dozens, including three people trapped in the wreckage, officials said. The two dead were aboard the hydrofoil, and firefighters were trying to free three others from its wreckage, Messina fire officials said. State TV said the two deaths were crew members. "The bridge of the hydrofoil was destroyed," Messina Port Cmdr. Antonino...


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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