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2012-10-04 14:44:37

The winners of a contest that encourages scientists and students across the globe to explore fundamental, big questions in astronomy and cosmology will present their proposals and essays in a joint conference Oct. 12-13 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology International Grant and Essay Competition, led by Donald G. York, the Horace B. Horton Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, will award more than $4...

2009-03-16 23:44:51

French physicist Bernard d'Espagnat has won the $1.4 million Templeton Prize for his theory of alternative realities. The John Templeton Foundation said the award honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. D'Espagnat, 87, is a theoretical physicist and philosopher of science at the University of Paris-Orsay, the Christian Science Monitor reported Monday. The John Templeton...


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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