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Topic: Whales Reached Huge Size Only Recently
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 5:00:00 AM
Whales Reached Huge Size Only Recently

Blue whales are the biggest animals that have ever existed on Earth but they only recently* got that way. This is the extraordinary finding from a new study that examined the fossil record of baleens - the group of filter feeders to which the blues belong. These ... More...
Topic: nerveless
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
nerveless

(adjective) Lacking strength or energy; spiritless; weak.

Synonyms: feeble

Usage: He was a weak, nerveless fool, devoid of energy and promptitude.
Topic: Deep Brain Stimulation
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation is a medical treatment that involves the use of a device called a brain pacemaker, which sends high-frequency electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain via implanted electrodes. The technique has provided remarkable therapeutic benefits for otherwise treatment-resistant disorders such as chronic pain and Parkinson's disease, however, its underlying principles and mechanisms are still not clear, and there is potential for serious side effects, including what? More...
Topic: NASA Announces Discovery of Ice Deposits on Mars (2002)
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
NASA Announces Discovery of Ice Deposits on Mars (2002)

Launched in April 2001, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft was sent by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to look for evidence of water on Mars. A little over a year later, NASA announced that water had been detected there in the form of ice, suggesting the possibility of microbial life on the Red Planet. The Phoenix lander confirmed the presence of water in 2008. The presence of what element led NASA researchers to conclude that there was indeed water on Mars? More...
Topic: Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807)
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807)

Agassiz was a Swiss-born naturalist and geologist. Noticing the presence of huge alpine boulders in areas of Switzerland where there are no glaciers, he hypothesized that glaciers had, at one time, been widespread in the area and had dragged the boulders there. This lent credence to his theory of a recent ice age. He was also a renowned teacher and did notable work with fossils. Agassiz was a lifelong opponent, on religious grounds, of what now-accepted scientific theory? More...
Topic: Big Singing
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Big Singing

Big Singing in Benton, Kentucky, brings together more than 100 singers trained in the tradition of shape-note singing. Together they enjoy a communal picnic lunch and spend the day singing hymns written in an almost-extinct style of musical notation called shape notes. A book titled The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion increased the popularity of this kind of singing in 19th-century America. The Big Singing in Benton dates back to 1884; it is currently sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Southern Harmony Singing. More...
Topic: But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter.
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
Topic: be a different kettle of fish
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
be a different kettle of fish

To be entirely different in scope or description from someone or something that was just being discussed. More...

Topic: measuring
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Today's topic: measuring

cord - An amount of wood containing 128 cubic feet (4x4x8 feet); the name comes from the old practice of measuring a stack of firewood with a cord of a certain length. To cord is to stack or put up wood in cords. More...

drosometer - An instrument for measuring the amount of dew on a surface. More...

isometric - From Latin isus, "equal," and -metria, "measuring." More...

Mach - The scale measuring the speed of an object or fluid relative to the speed of sound is named for philosopher/physicist Ernst Mach (1838-1916), who researched thermodynamics; Mach is the ratio of the speed of something to the speed of sound in the surrounding medium. More...

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Topic: Ending Exclamatory Sentences
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Ending Exclamatory Sentences

Exclamation points are most often used in place of periods to end declarative sentences that express a very strong emotion, such as anger, excitement, surprise, or disgust. What are such sentences sometimes called? More...

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