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2011-06-03 05:45:00

Researchers unearth deepest-living animal ever found A team of researchers has discovered two species of a worm, living deeper than any other known animal on the planet, where experts previously believed no animal except single-cell bacteria could survive. The discovery of Halicephalobus mephisto, a new species of worm, and a previously known species, Plectus aquatilis, were discovered 2.2 miles below the surface in a South African gold mine thriving in sultry 118-degree Fahrenheit water...


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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