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rejuvenate

Definition: (verb) Return to life; get or give new life or energy.
Synonyms:restore, regenerate
Usage:He was advised that the Italian climate would rejuvenate him. Discuss.

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Interrogative Pronouns and Indirect Questions

Most often, interrogative pronouns are used in direct questions, representing the person or thing that is being asked about. However, interrogative pronouns can also appear within indirect questions, which are used for what? More... Discuss

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The Bucket Argument

In addition to establishing the foundations of classical mechanics and introducing his law of universal gravitation, Isaac Newton's 1687 text The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy explored his rotating bucket argument, which has been studied by scientists for centuries. In it, he opposed the dominant view of motion—devised by Rene Descartes—that space is actually the extension of matter. How did Newton use a hypothetical bucket to try to make his point? More... Discuss

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SpaceShipOne Completes First Privately Funded Human Spaceflight (2004)

Unlike its privately funded predecessors, SpaceShipOne was actually manned, by a pilot and two passengers, when it flew to the edge of space in 2004. Developed by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and funded by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the suborbital space plane won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for launching three people—or their weight equivalent—into space twice within two weeks in a privately developed, reusable spacecraft. Where is SpaceShipOne currently on display? More... Discuss

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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905)

Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, and novelist who became the foremost exponent of existentialism in the 20th century. His first novel, Nausea, was one of many works depicting man as a lonely being burdened with a terrifying freedom. He served in World War II, was taken prisoner, escaped, and was involved in the French resistance, during which he wrote multiple works. In 1964, he became the first person to voluntarily decline the Nobel Prize in Literature. Why did he refuse it? More... Discuss

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More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

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Which of the following is used to introduce a relative clause that is clarifying who or what the sentence is talking about?




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adj. Causing grief, pain, or anguish
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National Aboriginal Day

Long before a national holiday was established, this day of the year had been observed by Canada's Inuit, Métis, and First Nations peoples as a celebration of Aboriginal heritage. In 1996, the Canadian government made June 21 an official holiday, including all citizens in the observance. Celebrations take place throughout Canada, and are organized by the regional offices of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage. Some festivities are modest celebrations; others exhibit a stronger focus on culture and tradition by holding canoe races, powwows, and awareness events. More... Discuss

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Miss Right

The perfect or most suitable woman to be in a relationship with or to marry. More... Discuss