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2008-08-13 13:25:00

Anyone who has walked barefoot across a parking lot on a hot summer day knows that blacktop is exceptionally good at soaking up the sun's warmth. Now, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has found a way to use that heat-soaking property for an alternative energy source. Through asphalt, the researchers are developing a solar collector that could turn roads and parking lots into ubiquitous"”and inexpensive"“sources of electricity and hot water. The research...

2008-08-11 06:00:42

WORCESTER, Mass., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- C.K. Smith Co., Inc., a Worcester fuel and energy services dealer for over 115 years, is going green. This week the company introduces its groundbreaking Alternative Energy & Services Division. The new division includes its environmentally-friendly Hybrid-Energy(TM) product line, propane delivery and service, and the plumbing services necessary to expertly install equipment powered by C.K. Smith's alternative energy. C.K. Smith is...

2008-08-05 09:01:22

PHILADELPHIA _ Physicist Stephen Hawking warned in 2006 that mankind was standing on the precipice of extinction by epidemic disease, nuclear war or global warming. He urged colonization of the moon and Mars before it's too late _ a doomsday message that inspired Rosemont artist Joe Dillon to transform scrap tubing into arching sculptures representing rocket trajectory that now grace his living room. "I want to put a sense of urgency into everyone I meet," says Dillon, 53. "We should be...

2008-07-15 18:00:38

By STEVE EMSLEY A NEIGHBOUR of ours has just fitted a solar panel to his roof. He says he has done it for the environment and he thinks it is time more of us took the plunge and used solar energy. It fits in with his current boiler and heats a separate tank on the first floor. It will probably heat about 60% of his hot water during the course of a year. At present it is heating the water up to around 55 degrees, leaving only around 15 degrees of extra heating to bring it up to 70...

2008-07-02 06:00:55

By Janice Podsada, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 2--It's not every day a company that employs only 70 people worldwide has its product featured on a popular national TV show. Last September Ray Plumbing of chilly Ellsworth, Maine, installed an Apricus solar water heater in a house in Milbridge, Maine, for the ABC television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Apricus Solar Co. Ltd., a joint Australian-Chinese venture that produces solar heating systems, recently established its...


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  • A spider.
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'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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