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happenstance

Definition: (noun) A chance circumstance.
Synonyms:coincidence
Usage:Marriage loomed only as an outgrowth of happenstance; you met a person. Discuss. Play

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Adjective + "for"

The best way to learn correct adjective and preposition combinations is by memorizing some of the most common pairings. "For" can be used with adjectives to demonstrate purpose or reason. An adjective + "for" can also be used to emphasize what? More... Discuss

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The Electromagnetic Bomb

In 2003, it was reported that US forces used an electromagnetic bomb to disrupt Iraqi TV transmissions. The so-called E-bomb is a weapon designed to disable electronics with an electromagnetic pulse. Though relatively non-lethal, it can cripple critical technology, making it a valuable tool in modern warfare. It is believed that older devices containing vacuum tubes may be more resistant to damage from these bombs than newer, transistor-based technology. How can sensitive devices be protected? More... Discuss

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First Issue of the New-York Daily Times, now The New York Times, Is Printed (1851)

Originally sold for a penny a copy, the New-York Daily Times was founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond in 1851 and has been controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family since 1896. The paper shortened its name to The New York Times in 1857. Perhaps the most respected newspaper in the world, it has been awarded more Pulitzer Prizes than any other. In 2006, the newspaper announced that it would save how much money by narrowing its page width by 1.5 inches (4 cm)? More... Discuss

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Edwin Mattison McMillan (1907)

As a physicist working at the University of California's Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in the 1940s, McMillan helped discover plutonium and neptunium. The latter was the first transuranic—having a heavier nucleus than uranium—element to be discovered. For his work in that field, he shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with chemist Glenn Seaborg. He was also involved in research on radar, sonar, and nuclear weapons during WWII and is credited with building the first synchrotron—which is what? More... Discuss

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Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

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Warsaw Autumn Festival

Officially called the International Festival of Contemporary Music, the Warsaw Autumn Festival's offerings in its early years were more conservative than the name would seem to indicate. Today more experimental music and world premieres are performed along with classical standbys of the 20th century. It was established in 1956 by a group of Polish composers who wanted to bring other East European as well as West European countries together. The concerts are held in the National Philharmonic building, the Royal Castle, and other venues around the city. More... Discuss

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(one) figures (that)

One presumes or anticipates (that); one reckons or thinks (that). More... Discuss