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2005-11-09 13:17:18

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - No need to send Bruce Willis into space with a nuclear bomb -- the best way to deal with a killer asteroid hurtling toward Earth could be a "gravity tractor." Two NASA astronauts, gently mocking the solution offered in the Hollywood blockbuster "Armageddon," have come up with a deceptively simple plan to pull asteroids off course. Edward Lu and Stanley Love have proposed that a rocket be launched into space, effectively to act as a giant magnet....


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'