Podcasts in Science & Medicine
As we look back over the last century, we observe an immense amount of progress in our understanding of the Cosmos. It is larger, more complicated and more dynamic than we would have dared to dream a mere hundred years ago.
What are dark matter and dark energy? Why is the Universe so smooth? And, for that matter, how do we even know we are on the right track?
What do we really know about the Universe? A century ago, astronomers would have said that we lived in a static Universe, and all of the visible matter was contained in a galaxy we call the Milky Way. Nowadays, we know better.
Word of the Day
- A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
- A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
- Any rumor that engages general attention.
- A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
- To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
- To breathe in or as in sleep.
- To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'