For the first time, astronomers
have witnessed a supernova in real time. This was made possible by
a NASA Swift satellite detecting an unusually long gamma ray burst,
then reorienting itself to catch the supernova as it evolved. I admit,
I had never heard of 'Swift' before. Hubble hogs all the limelight.
exceptionally long burst, in the form of a
jet of high-energy X-rays, pierced through the doomed star from its
core and sent out a warning within minutes that a supernova was
imminent. As the GRB faded away the massive star blew itself into
Movies! We want on-line movies!
Words I thought I knew but actually
read wrong, Dept.
• noun [mass noun] the
action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to
another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and
highlands in summer.
— origin early
20th cent.: from French, from the verb transhumer, based on
Latin trans- ‘across’ + humus ‘ground’.
Now I've got this great idea of founding the Transhumance Movement in
science fiction. Our stories will be about cows and farm boys with
switches. Also dogs. They'll be set in, oh, Provence, or maybe
Switzerland or India. They'll involve seasonal journeys, the
transcending of human physical bodies, the
merging of human consciousness with computers, or perhaps with the
substance of the universe itself, and the emergence of higher, almost
god-like beings out of boys, cows, and dogs.
What do you think?
meaning: impure, turbid, voiced
清濁 == seidaku == (noun) good and evil, purity and
混濁 == kondaku == (noun) muddiness, turbidity
Left radical is a radical form of 'water'. Right
is a Non-General Use character meaning 'caterpillar', here used
phonetically to express 'impure'. Henshall
suggests as a
mnemonic: 'Turbid water, full of
Info from Taka
of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary