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2009-01-11 06:50:00

A new "Eco-board" that relies upon only wind and solar power is ready to make its debut in New York's Time Square.  The giant billboard, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, weighs 35,000 pounds and will be powered by 64 solar panels and 16 custom built vertical wind turbines. Its maker, Japan-based Ricoh Company Ltd., said that wind whistling between the city's skyscrapers should keep the Eco-board constantly lit.  The company aims to have the billboard operational by the...

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'