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carbon copy

1. A copy of a document that is made by placing a sheet of carbon paper under the original so that the print gets transferred from the original to the sheet of paper below it. Carbon copies are largely obsolete but are still used in some cases for receipts. Could you please make a carbon copy of that invoice? I need it for my records.
2. To include additional recipients on an email message that is intended for, or directed to, another person. Often abbreviated as "cc. Please carbon copy me on that email to Janice. I want her to know I am aware of the situation.
3. A person or thing that closely resembles someone or something else in looks or attributes. Even though they were born several years apart, Darren is a carbon copy of his brother. They have the same gait, mannerisms, and hairstyle.
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a carbon copy

someone or something that is extremely similar to someone or something else (usually + of ) He's a carbon copy of his father.
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carbon copy

A person or thing that closely resembles another, as in Our grandson is a carbon copy of his dad. Originally this term meant a copy of a document made by using carbon paper. The linguistic transfer to other kinds of duplicate survived the demise of carbon paper (replaced by photocopiers, computer printers, and other more sophisticated devices). [c. 1870]
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Researchers have observed that when cells divide, the cells can use some of the carbon 14 to build deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a phenomenon that serves as a birthmark for new cells.
When cells divide, they can use some of the carbon 14 to build DNA, a phenomenon that serves as a birthmark for new cells.
Following the publication of scientific papers that challenged the carbon 14 dating, Philip Ball, a leading British scientist and consultant editor for Nature, an international weekly journal of science, wrote a commentary published in the journal's online edition.
A brief review of Carbon 14 analysis will explain why the authors could make such claims.
Carbon 14 Date--The distal portion of the mammoth rib (MSUVP 1219) was submitted for Carbon 14 dating to Beta Analytic, Coral Gables, Florida, in July, 1989, and a date was received in August, 1989.
Documentary evidence from the Newminster Abbey in Morpeth indicates that a fulling mill which processed cloth was operating at the location early that century - and recent Carbon 14 dating of timbers in the bank confirm that the finds date to that period.
Carbon 14 ash was to be disposed of as low-level nuclear waste.
Mr Timothy Jull, who led the research at the University of Arizona at Tucson, said: "The organic material contains 14C (the carbon 14 isotope) and the carbonate doesn't because the carbonate came from somewhere in space, presumably Mars, and the organic material is a recent addition which took place while the meteorite was sitting on the ice.
The only way it can be detected is by carbon 14 isotope analysis which determines the ratio of carbon from biomass versus carbon from fossil sources in a fuel mixture.
Opening remarks by David Buckland and Claire Sykes, co-curators of Carbon 14, and Dave Ireland, managing director, ROM Centre of Discovery in Biodiversity, will take place at 11 a.
The centre added that the pearl that was discovered lately in Umm Al Quwain goes back to 5500 BC after it was tested by Carbon 14.
In 1988, scientists conducted a series of carbon 14 tests on fabric samples cut from the shroud and concluded that the shroud was produced between 1260 and 1390 CE.
3 years, it takes almost 6,000 for the same thing to happen with Carbon 14.