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2013-03-18 23:02:39

Healthcare modeling innovator signs for third consecutive year. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 18, 2013 HealthEconomics.Com, recognized for nearly 20 years as the #1 ranked website in health economics, and Archimedes Inc., a healthcare modeling and analytics company, announce plans to continue their digital marketing partnership for 2013. Archimedes is the creator of the Archimedes Model, a carefully validated, clinically-realistic simulation model of health and healthcare. Archimedes...

2012-11-29 13:34:42

Skeletal remains in an island cave in Favignana, Italy, reveal that modern humans first settled in Sicily around the time of the last ice age and despite living on Mediterranean islands, ate little seafood. The research is published November 28 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Marcello Mannino and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany. Genetic analysis of the bones discovered in caves on the Egadi islands provides some of the first...

2011-11-15 06:33:09

Bonn archeologists discover a huge ancient Greek commercial area on Sicily The Greeks were not always in such dire financial straits as today. But is it necessary to look as far back as these Bonn archeologists did in order to see a huge, flourishing Greek commercial area? They have just discovered a very large commercial area from the ancient Greek era during excavations on Sicily. Led by Professor Dr. Martin Bentz, Bonn archeologists began unearthing one of Greek antiquity's largest...

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2010-02-22 07:01:25

Experts fear that Italy may be facing more landslide threats in populated areas after thousands were forced to evacuate their homes in two southern towns earlier this month. Torrential rains in southern Italy were to blame for the landslides that left thousands of people homeless in the towns of Maierato in Calabria and San Fratello in Sicily. Experts say the density of populations in at-risk areas and the lack of awareness for geological risks both contribute to the recurring tragedies....

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2009-11-25 13:23:50

Research at the University of Leicester sheds new light on Ancient Greeks New research at the University of Leicester has identified scores of Sicilian temples built to face the rising Sun, shedding light on the practices of the Ancient Greeks. Dr Alun Salt, an astronomy technician from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Leicester, found that out of all the temples he surveyed in Sicily, all but three faced the rising sun. The findings have been published on line in...


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2006-12-13 16:08:36

The Crested Porcupine, also known as the European Porcupine, African Porcupine, or North African crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata). It is a member of the Old World porcupine family. It is a nocturnal rodent that lives on the ground. It is found from Sicily, Italy, the northern coast of Africa south to Tanzania and northern Congo. It is tolerant of a range of habitats including mountains, deserts, and forests. The Crested Porcupine grows 23.62 to 32.68 inches (60 to 83 cm) long with a...

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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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