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2005-04-19 10:25:41

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Physicists and Albert Einstein buffs began flipping light switches and dialing phones Monday night in an attempt at a worldwide relay of lights to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Einstein's death. The relay got under way at 8:45 p.m. with the illumination of the football stadium and two towers on the Princeton University campus. From there, about 140 groups planned to illuminate everything from campus structures to private homes, one right after another, in a...

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2005-03-28 09:10:00

By measuring the shape of space with exquisite precision, NASA's Gravity Probe B aims to confirm Einstein's theory of relativity ... or provide the first evidence against it. Science@NASA -- This year marks the 100th anniversary of a revolution in our notions of space and time. Before 1905, when Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity, most people believed that space and time were as Sir Isaac Newton described them back in the 17th century: Space was the fixed, unchanging...

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2005-03-24 05:55:00

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein revolutionized physics. Science@NASA -- Albert Einstein was exhausted. For the third night in a row, his baby son Hans, crying, kept the household awake until dawn. When Albert finally dozed off "¦ it was time to get up and go to work. He couldn't skip a day. He needed the job to support his young family. Walking briskly to the Patent Office where he was a "Technical Expert, Third Class," Albert worried about his parents. They were getting older...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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