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Topic: Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it's a monster
Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM
Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it's a monster

Eduardo Bañados had three nights to spot something that might not even exist: a supermassive black hole close to the beginning of time. At the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, perched high atop a mountain in the world's driest desert, he scanned for ... More...
Topic: This Dinosaur Fossil Was So Bizarre, Scientists Thought It Was Fake
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM
This Dinosaur Fossil Was So Bizarre, Scientists Thought It Was Fake

A reconstruction of Halszkaraptor escuilliei reveals the oddball sported a swan-like neck and flippers. An enigmatic dinosaur — which sported a swan-like neck, amphibious flippers and ... More...
Topic: Summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James (1843-1916)
Topic: the L-bomb
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
the L-bomb

An expression of romantic love for another, especially when said unexpectedly and/or for the first time. Usually used in the phrase "drop the L-bomb." More...

Topic: leaving
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Today's topic: leaving

drawing room - A shortening of withdrawing room, the room to which the ladies withdrew, leaving the men to smoking and drinking. More...

egression - The action of going out or leaving a place. More...

bequeath - Etymologically, what you bequeath is what you "say" you will leave someone in your will—but the original sense "say, utter" died out, leaving the legal sense. More...

exclaustration - Being expelled from or leaving a religious retreat; it is also the return to secular life by someone who has been released from their religious vows. More...

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Topic: Understanding Compound Nouns
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Understanding Compound Nouns

A compound noun is a noun consisting of two or more words working together as a single unit to name a person, place, or thing. Generally, the first word in the compound noun tells us what kind of person or thing it is or what purpose he, she, or it serves, while the second word does what? More...
Topic: dilatation
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
dilatation

(noun) The state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions.

Synonyms: distention

Usage: He suffered from severe dilatation of the stomach, an abdominal swelling that left him writhing in pain.
Topic: Hydras
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Hydras

Hydras are simple freshwater organisms found in temperate and tropical regions. They are especially interesting to biologists because they undergo morphallaxis when injured, regenerating new body parts to replace dead or damaged tissue. When a hydra is severed in two, for example, its segments reorganize to form two fully functional, independent hydras. Some evidence suggests that hydras are unique among animals in that they do not experience senescence, meaning they do not undergo what process? More...
Topic: The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)

The Battle of Nineveh was fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Dynasty, the last dynasty of native rulers to reign in Persia. Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, was able to draw his Persian adversaries onto a favorable battlefield by feigning a retreat, thereby securing victory for his troops. The loss seriously damaged the Sassanids' power. Within decades, the weakened Sassanid dynasty would be toppled by the Arab Conquest. What fate did the Sassanid king suffer after Nineveh? More...
Topic: John Jay (1745)
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
John Jay (1745)

Though Jay initially deplored the growing conflict between Britain and its American colonies, he became a staunch supporter of the revolution once it began. He was heavily involved in early US government and urged ratification of the Constitution. He served as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, among other posts. Today considered one of the "Founding Fathers," Jay once joked that he could travel from Boston to Philadelphia by the light of his burning effigies after he had done what? More...

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