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2009-07-01 12:53:16

The number of puffins at one of the UK's key colonies has mysteriously fallen by a third and scientists are now using hi-tech tags to get an insight into why it may be happening, BBC News reported. The devices are being fitted onto the seabirds that are nesting on the Farne Islands, located off the Northumberland coast. Only 36,500 puffins were recorded in a survey from 2008, down from 55,674 in 2003, but the islands, which are home to the largest puffin colony in England, are considered a...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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