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2009-08-20 13:25:58

Scientists have worked out how some species of desert cactus manage to grow on nothing but bare rock, BBC News reported. They say the plants have evolved a symbiotic relationship with rock-dissolving bacteria, which they allow to grow in their roots. The cacti even pass this on to future generations. Dr. Yoav Bashan, a biologist at the Northwestern Center for Biological Research in La Paz, Mexico, said they were working in the desert when they observed that many individual cacti grew on sheer...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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