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Adjective: Wifty  (WIF-tee) Definition: Eccentrically silly, giddy, or inane: ditzy Sample sentence:  The American Idol judges only have to lounge around, and make some  wifty comment about the performance.

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Noun: Tetralogy  (teh-TRAH-luh-jee) Definition: A series of four connected literary, artistic, or musical works. Sample sentence: An example of an original tetralogy would be three tragedies and a comedy performed serially on the Athenian stages of ancient Greece.

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The more omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, the lower the blood levels of a protein related to Alzheimer’s disease.  A study from Columbia University Medical Center in New York looked at blood levels of 10 nutrients in more than 1,200 seniors over the age of 65, none of whom had dementia. Just over a […]

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Verb: Skirl  (SKERL) Definition:  To emit the high shrill tone of the chanter;  also to give forth music or play on the bagpipe. Sample sentence: Wearing traditional tartans, the band paraded down the street and thrilled the crowd with the skirl of their bagpipes.

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Do you dread getting a shot? If so, here’s a study that may help ease the pain of your next injection. Researchers in Germany looked at the ways a group of volunteers responded to painful and non-painful sensations. The participants were asked to watch video clips of a hand being pricked by a needle, touched […]

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Adjective: Nebulous  (NEB-yuh-luhs) Definition: Unclear, hazy, vague, ambiguous. Sample sentence: His answer to the question was nebulous, and it was obvious he didn’t want to answer it directly.

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Is email stressing us out? Maybe so, according to a new study that looked at how temporarily giving up email affected a group of office workers. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, and the U.S. Army used heart rate monitors and software sensors to study computer-using office workers, some of whom did without email […]

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Adjective: Anthophilous   (an-THAH-fuh-lus) Definition:  Feeding upon or living among flowers Sample sentence: The students studied the behaviors of the anthophilous insects found in the field.

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Just because you’ve passed a standard vision test doesn’t mean you can see well enough to drive safely at night. New research from Australia suggests that blurred vision and  cataracts can dangerously reduce drivers’ ability to recognize pedestrians on the side of the road. The investigators recruited 28 young adult licensed drivers who had passed […]

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Piperine, an alkaloid responsible for black pepper’s pungent taste, appears to be responsible for its reputed health benefits, including weight loss. New research from Korea suggests that piperine interferes with the activity of genes that control and promote formation of new fat cells. As a result, the investigators said that piperine may also set off […]

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