Quantcast

Latest Thomas Posch Stories

Lakes Harmed From Global Warming
2012-07-17 18:31:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As average temperatures across the globe have ticked up, toxic blood-red algae are thriving in central European lakes–according to a new study out of the University of Zurich. In a report published in Nature Climate Change, Swiss researchers assert that the warmest winters the country has seen in the past 40 years hampered the seasonal die-off of Burgundy blood-red algae, a photosynthetic bacterium that has bloomed en masse...


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.'
Related