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2009-01-19 15:32:04

Geographers from the University of Leicester are to use state-of-the-art technology to investigate how climate change is affecting the world famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is part of a wider project examining the impact of climate change of African savannas. The academics in the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester have been awarded Royal Society funding to establish a Science Network with South Africa. Professor Heiko Balzter and colleagues are going to...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • 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.'
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