Saturday, July 18, 2009

Catherine H: Neologisms 9, 10; Language 8

The following examples are taken from the magizine Scientific American July 2009 issue

"Second generation bio-fuels made from the inedible parts of plants are the most environmentally friendly and technologically promising near-term alternatives to oil.
Most of this "grassoline" will come from agricultural residues such as cornstalks, weed-like energy crops and wood waste."
George W. Huber and Bruce E. Dale, "Grassoline at the Pump" pg.52

(vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
a new stain of MRSA which has become resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin. Vancomycin formally known as the "antibiotic of last resort, " was the most effective of the small set of antibiotics which have been used to treat MRSA.
Christopher T. Walsh and Michael A. Fischbach "New ways to Squash Superbugs" pg. 44

"What is Watson?"
This software program will beat people on the game show Jeopardy! At least that is what IBM hopes will happen with a super computer running a powerful semantics-crunching program dubbed Watson, which will have access to a knowledge database but no Internet connection... IBM has been refining Watson for almost two years and hopes to stage a series of sparing matches before a final showdown in 2010,"
John Matson, "In brief" pg. 30

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