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2010-03-17 10:31:00

LEAWOOD, Kan., March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Empire Energy Corporation International (Empire) (OTC Bulletin Board: EEGC) announced on Wednesday, March 17th 2010 that the Director of Mines for Tasmania has publically advertised in Australia's Mercury and Examiner newspapers, his recommendation for the issuance of Exploration License 14/2009 to Empire's wholly owned subsidiary, Great South Land Minerals, Ltd. (GSLM). This represents one of the final steps in the statutory process...

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2010-03-11 07:30:22

A group of Australian archaeologists have discovered a 40,000-year-old tribal meeting ground that could be further south than any other ancient human habitat to date. The Tasmanian site, which encompasses a series of trenches north of Hobart, along the Jordan River levee, appears to have been used by Aboriginal tribesmen seeking refuge from white settlers, Michael Mansell of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) told AFP on March 10. Initial findings show that the sediment at the dig dates...

2009-09-16 06:08:52

A long-haired cat named Clyde was returned to his family Wednesday in Tasmania after turning up at the other end of Australia three years after he went missing. Television cameras recorded the reunion between the Himalyan and Katrina Phillips in the Derwent Valley near Hobart, The Tasmania Mercury reported. Phillips said she was excited, but Clyde appeared to be taking everything in stride. He was so relaxed it was like he never left home, Phillips, 19, said. Donna Weber, a veterinarian in...

2009-08-19 14:18:07

University of Tasmania scientists in Australia say they are using radio collars to study the social networking of Tasmanian devils to prevent their extinction. The researchers, led by Rodrigo Hamede, said the Tasmanian devil -- the largest marsupial carnivore in existence -- is being threatened with extinction from a unique infectious cancer known as devil facial tumor disease. Devils are usually solitary animals, and the disease is thought to spread through biting when devils interact...

2009-08-19 09:00:00

Study of wild devil interaction is key to understanding new extinction-threatening diseaseA new study into the social networks of Tasmanian devils may help prevent the further spread of an extinction-threatening disease. The research, published in Ecology Letters, has produced an intricate social network of devil social relationships, revealing how disease can spread through a population.The Tasmanian devil is the largest marsupial carnivore in existence, yet it is threatened with extinction...

2009-08-11 13:04:09

Australian scientists along Tasmania's eastern coast report the highest winter water temperature ever recorded there -- more than 55.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The scientists from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said the warming is due to a strengthening of the Leeuwin Current, which originates north of Australia. That current has expanded significantly, curling around the southern tip of Tasmania and reaching as far north as St Helens. The Southern...

2009-06-25 14:51:55

An official on Australia's Tasmania island says wallabies have been wandering into poppy fields and getting high as a kite from eating the plants. Tasmanian Attorney-General Lara Giddings told a parliamentary budget estimates committee in Hobart Tasmania is facing an increasing problem with wallabies going after their next fix, The Times of London Web site reported Thursday. The one interesting bit I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with...

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2009-05-22 08:20:00

Australia's famed Tasmanian devil has been labeled endangered due to an infectious and lethal cancer, the government announced. Devil facial tumor disease exterminates the animals in three short months by spreading all over their faces and mouths, stopping them from eating. "This disease has led to the decline of about 70 percent of the Tasmanian devil population since the disease was first reported in 1996," Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced in a statement. "Strong action is being...

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2009-01-23 14:45:00

Wildlife officials said that more than 40 sperm whales have died after a pod of about 50 became stranded off southern Australia.  Rescuers have been trying to keep the surviving whales alive by pouring water over them. The whales are trapped on a sandbar about 500 feet offshore from Perkins Island on the northwest coast of Tasmania. Because of the whales' immense size, and that the area is only accessible by sea, the rescue is proving to be a difficult one. Liz Wren, a spokeswoman for...

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2009-01-13 08:55:34

Scientists found that Tasmanian "tigers" may have gone extinct due to inbreeding and are considering resurrecting the Australian marsupials 70 years after they ceased to exist. "Our goal is to learn how to prevent endangered species from going extinct," said Webb Miller of Pennsylvania State University, who helped lead the international study. The researchers used the same method used to study the DNA from extinct woolly mammoths' hair to get a good comparison of the gene sequences from...


Latest Tasmania Reference Libraries

Common Wombat, Vombatus ursinus
2013-09-27 10:45:36

The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), also known as the bare-nosed wombat or the coarse-haired wombat, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range includes Tasmania and the mountainous areas just south of Queensland, although it is declining in drier areas of its range. It was first described in 1800 by George Shaw and it holds three subspecies. The common wombat has a sturdy body, reaching an average length between 2.6 and 4.2 feet and a weight between 37.4 and 88.1...

Common Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula
2013-09-23 13:56:03

The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in Australia in a range that extends from northern, eastern, several eastern areas of Australia, Tasmania, and a number of islands like Barrow Island and Kangaroo Island. This species was introduced into New Zealand in 1840, where it has now become an abundant species. It prefers to reside in a variety of habitats including semiarid areas, forests,...

Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Perameles gunnii
2013-08-19 15:17:01

The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) is a marsupial species that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found in southeastern Australia in a range that includes Victoria and Tasmania. It reaches an average weight of less than 2.2 pounds and has a small tail. Its fur holds three or four bands on its hind body that are typically white in color. The eastern barred bandicoot is most active during the nighttime and is solitary in nature, excluding mothers and young....

Inchman, Myrmecia forficate
2013-07-10 12:28:46

The inchman (Myrmecia forficate) is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia, in a range that includes Tasmania and possibly southeastern areas of Australia. This species is gregarious, living in colonies like most other ant species, but it forages for food alone. Nests often go unseen and are typically found under rocks.  It reaches an average body length of up to one inch long, the trait from which it received its common name. The inchman is both a scavenger and a...

Australia
2013-02-18 13:27:43

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country involving the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and a number of smaller islands. It’s the world’s sixth-largest country regarding to total area. Some of the neighboring countries include East Timor, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. For at least 40,000 years before European...

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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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