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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
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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