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umbrage

Definition: (noun) A feeling of anger caused by being offended.
Synonyms:offense
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Aston Martin

Aston Martin is a British luxury car manufacturer that is today owned by a consortium of investors. The company takes its name from Lionel Martin, one of the founders, and Aston Hill, the location where Martin enjoyed racing cars. Founded in 1913, the company produced its first car two years later. Its cars have become symbols of British glamour, though the company has been plagued with financial problems throughout its history. Aston Martins are featured in what popular series of films? More... Discuss

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Pilots Exposed to Increased Skin Cancer Risk

Piloting a prop plane at 30,000 feet for an hour exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study. A dermatologic research team at Mount Zion Cancer Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, reports that the incidence of melanoma among pilots and their crews is about twice that of the general population. As part of the study, the researchers tested an airplane windshield and found that it only protected against UV-B radiation, not UV-A radiation, which penetrates skin more deeply. More... Discuss

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Charles Darwin Sets Sail on HMS Beagle (1831)

The theory of evolution, which Darwin first expressed in On the Origin of Species, was the result of his discoveries as a naturalist on board the HMS Beagle. His book explained evolution through the principles of natural selection and aroused widespread debate among scientists and religious leaders. Darwin spent the rest of his life studying the results of that expedition and developing his theory of evolution. What debilitating disease might he have contracted during the voyage? More... Discuss

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Johannes Kepler (1571)

Described by famed astronomer Carl Sagan as "the first astrophysicist and the last scientific astrologer," Johannes Kepler was a German astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer. A key figure in the scientific revolution, Kepler derived three famous laws of planetary motion, which, among other things, established that the planets travel around the Sun in elliptical rather than circular orbits. When Kepler was six, his mother, who was later tried for witchcraft, took him to see what phenomenon? More... Discuss

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Ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

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Fossey Day (2014)

American conservationist Dian Fossey (1932-1985) conducted groundbreaking research on Rwanda's mountain gorillas, a species long victimized by wide-scale poaching, and helped ensure their preservation. Fossey was murdered in her cabin at a research center in the Virunga Mountains on December 27, 1985. Ceremonies for the anniversary of her death take place in Volcanoes National Park, which contains a permanent memorial to the zoologist. Individuals typically perform traditional dances, while government officials deliver speeches and lay wreaths on her grave site. More... Discuss

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