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abductor

Definition: (noun) Someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom).
Synonyms:kidnapper, snatcher
Usage:Until dark the Englishman searched the nearby jungle for a trace of the missing one or a sign of the trail of her abductor. Discuss. Play

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Regular and Irregular Adverbs

Regular adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" (or a variation) onto the end of an adjective. Irregular adverbs are not formed from standard spelling conventions. What are the most common irregular adverbs? More... Discuss

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Tissue Engineering

Tissue engineering is the development of biological substitutes to repair or replace damaged tissue or organs. It is an interdisciplinary field based on life science and engineering principles and relies on the use of living cells as engineering materials. The process begins with the extraction and cultivation of cells, which may later be transferred to a scaffold that helps them develop the proper structure. Finally, the tissue is implanted in the patient. What materials are used for scaffolds? More... Discuss

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Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" (1962)

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy's birthday was celebrated with a lavish party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the event, Monroe took the stage and delivered a sultry version of "Happy Birthday," substituting "Mr. President" for Kennedy's name, a gesture that has served to fuel the persistent rumors that she and Kennedy had engaged in an affair. The performance was one of Monroe's last major public appearances. What did Kennedy say about the song during the party? More... Discuss

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Johns Hopkins (1795)

Hopkins, a US merchant and financier, worked with an uncle as a wholesale grocer before going into business with his brothers in 1819. As he continued to prosper, his interests diversified into banking, insurance companies, steamship lines, and railroads. In his will, he set aside $7 million—the largest philanthropic bequest in US history at the time—for the founding of a free hospital and university in Baltimore, Maryland. His will also called for the establishment of what other institution? More... Discuss

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Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

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How are adjectives ending in “-le” or “-ue” changed to become adverbs?




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Pied Piper Open Air Theater

This dramatization of the Pied Piper of Hamelin is presented on an open-air stage in Hamelin (or Hameln), Germany. According to the legend, in 1284 Hamelin was infested with rats. A stranger promised to free the town of vermin if they would pay him. The town agreed, and the piper led the rats to the Weser River where they were drowned. When the citizens refused to pay the piper, he led 130 children out of the town and they disappeared forever. Today, the children of Hamelin are the principal performers in the play, and their number is limited to 130 in keeping with the legend. More... Discuss

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fast asleep

In a deep, sound sleep. "Fast" in this instance means "secure or fixed firmly in place," rather than "moving quickly." More... Discuss