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halfhearted

Definition: (adjective) Feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm.
Synonyms:lukewarm, tepid
Usage:I made a halfhearted attempt to start a conversation with him and gave up as soon as it became clear he was not really interested in talking to me either. Discuss. Play

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Stative Verbs

Stative verbs (also known as state verbs) are verbs that describe a static condition, situation, or state of being. They are contrasted with action verbs. What forms of verb tenses generally are not formed with stative verbs? More... Discuss

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Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology is the branch of physiology concerned with determining the basic mechanisms by which electric currents are generated within living organisms, particularly in the nervous system. The electrical properties of biological cells and tissues are studied using a number of different methods. Classical techniques involve placing electrodes into biological tissue, and even into individual cells. What are some electrophysiology projects that have been awarded the Nobel Prize? More... Discuss

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SWAT Team Retrieves Elián González from Relatives in Miami (2000)

In late 1999, 5-year-old Elián González and his mother left Cuba on a boat with a dozen other people seeking asylum in the US. Elián's mother and several others died during the voyage, and Elián was found on an inner tube by fishermen off the coast of Florida. He was released into the custody of his uncle in Miami, but his father in Cuba pressed for his return. The custody dispute ended in an armed raid on the Miami house, and Elián returned to Cuba with his father. What has he said since? More... Discuss

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Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909)

A dual citizen of Italy and the US, Levi-Montalcini did her most important work with American biochemist Stanley Cohen. Studying mouse tumors implanted in chicken embryos, the pair isolated a nerve-growth factor in 1952, the first of many cell-growth factors found in animals. For this discovery, they were awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In 2001, she was made a "senator for life" in the Italian senate. In what unusual place did Levi-Montalcini build her first laboratory? More... Discuss

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Have you ever had a difference with a dear friend? How his letters, written in the period of love and confidence, sicken and rebuke you! What a dreary mourning it is to dwell upon those vehement protests of dead affection!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

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Which of the following prepositions is not commonly found at the end of prepositional idioms?




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n. A fortified place, especially a large, permanent military stronghold that often includes a town
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Earth Day

The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970, to draw public attention to the need for cleaning up the Earth's air and water and for conserving our natural resources. Earth Day is now observed regularly throughout the United States and in many other countries. Typical ways of celebrating Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside trash, and conducting various programs for recycling and conservation. Schoolchildren may be asked to use only recyclable containers for their snacks and lunches, and families often try to give up wasteful habits. More... Discuss

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brain surgery

A task requiring extreme intelligence, skill, or competence, usually used in a negative or rhetorical manner to indicate the opposite. More... Discuss