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2010-03-28 09:05:00

Sudan is looking to exploit the Saharan sun to power its underdeveloped regions and green its deserts. The expense to use the sun's energy for regions like Darfur is great, but the country's ministry of energy and mining believes that advances in solar technology will lower the costs. "The costs are high compared to other conventional energy resources but we think that with the technology advances going on there will be a substantial decrease," the ministry's secretary general, Omar...


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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