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2006-03-20 17:00:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- A radar-equipped NASA plane is flying low over the Arctic this week to measure the snow on top of sea ice, a finding with implications for polar bears and possibly humans, an ice scientist said on Monday. Polar bears raise their young in snow dens sitting atop sea ice so the depth of that snow is critical to their survival, said Thorsten Markus of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington. The temperature under a layer of snow rarely falls...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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