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2009-12-03 10:01:13

Sales were robust on Cyber Monday, as retailers dangled free shipping and other offers in front of bargain-hungry consumers. According to analytics firm ComScore, spending on Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Thanksgiving, was up 5 percent from a year ago. ComScore chairman Gian Fulgoni said, "We've seen an encouraging start to the online holiday shopping season and it would appear that retailers' aggressive and early marketing efforts have so far succeeded in persuading consumers to open...

2009-11-26 01:44:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Bergen Record, "In homes across America, there's a Thanksgiving tradition getting bigger every year, and having an impact on the nation's retailers. After passing the turkey, Americans are reaching for the mouse. Thanksgiving Day is becoming increasingly important for online sales, according to e-commerce watchers." "Thanksgiving interestingly enough has turned into a really big sales day for us in the last couple of years," said Greg...

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2009-11-18 12:10:00

Many across Asia witnessed Tuesday night's meteor shower, but cloud cover blocked the view of many hopeful stargazers in India and Nepal. Thousands of people stayed up late to camp out underneath the stars in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Leonid meteor shower. One group of 30 amateur astronomers counted 78 Leonids over the course of a four-hour period from the Siriska sanctuary, about 95 miles south of New Delhi. "There was no moon in the sky, which is good for observation," Yogeshwar...

2009-08-26 14:30:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Staggering statistic: cancer kills more people every year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Joining more than 250 advocates from around the world, Adam Garone, co-founder and CEO of Movember (www.movember.com), the world's largest charity for men's health, will present at the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland, August 24 - 26. Garone will participate in the landmark event of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, an effort...

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2008-12-06 10:10:00

Astronomers from Caltech and NASA say a strong shower of Leonid meteors is coming in 2009. Their prediction follows an outburst on Nov. 17, 2008, that broke several years of "Leonid quiet" and heralds even more intense activity next November. "On Nov. 17, 2009, we expect the Leonids to produce upwards of 500 meteors per hour," says Bill Cooke of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. "That's a very strong display." Forecasters define a meteor storm as 1000 or more meteors per hour. That would...

2008-10-28 09:00:00

STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- This November, Philips Norelco will partner with the charitable organization Movember to raise awareness for prostate cancer, a disease that affects one in six American men. Movember, the month formerly known as November, has emerged as an annual, global "'Mo'-vement" to raise funds for prostate cancer research. The sole beneficiary of these funds in the U.S. is the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), which provides funding for more than 1,500 prostate...

2008-10-16 09:00:42

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Many great American Presidents have sported iconic moustaches while in office including Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Taft. Movember, a global charity event that invites men to grow moustaches (or Mos) for the month of November, shows what Senators Barack Obama and John McCain would look like with Mos of their own and invites Americans to join the Movember 'mo'-vement by casting their vote for the Presidential candidate...

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2008-09-03 07:10:00

There's more than one way to watch a meteor shower. One, the old-fashioned way: Find a dark place with starry skies and count the meteors streaking overhead. Two, the new way: Find a dark place with starry skies and then completely ignore the meteors. Instead, watch the Moon. That's where the explosions are. On August 9th, a pair of amateur astronomers on opposite sides of the United States did it the new way. With the Perseid meteor shower just underway, they fixed their cameras on the Moon...

2007-11-06 00:00:00

By Bill Kemp BLOOMINGTON - It was one of the greatest natural light shows in recorded human history. During the predawn hours of Nov. 13, 1833, the heavens lit up like a Fourth of July sparkler as tens of thousands of meteors streaked through the darkened sky. Early McLean County settler Robert Dickerson said it was like watching "showers of fiery rain falling to the ground." Reliable accounts of the event boggle the mind. A.C. Twyning of West Point, N.Y., for instance, estimated the rate...

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2007-08-30 12:10:00

Will they come, or will they not? That is the question. On Sept. 1, 2007, a flurry of bright and oddly-colored meteors might -- emphasis on might -- come streaming out of the constellation Auriga, putting on a beautiful early morning show for sky watchers in western North America: sky map. The source of the putative shower is Comet Kiess (C/1911 N1), a mysterious "long-period comet" that has visited the inner solar system only twice in the past two thousand years. In 83 BC, give or take a few...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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