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Comment: Re:Let's add "oed" to the OED... (Score 1) 167

by CommandoB (#35748908) Attached to: Getting L33t Into the Oxford English Dictionary

I propose:

to oed (verb, transitive): (vowels pronounced like "ooze") to purposely dilute the integrity of a whole by needless inclusion of crap, especially when done disingenuously for short-sighted profit (see "to dumb down" and "cruft").

Feel free to respond with examples of use. I'd really like to see this word come into common usage.

What an oedacious idea.

Science

Canadian Researchers Say Hard Thinking Leads To Big Meals 150

Posted by timothy
from the we-only-use-10-percent-of-our-stomach dept.
Anti-Globalism writes with an excerpt from a story at Ars Technica, according to which "a preliminary study from a group of researchers in Quebec suggest that working on a computer may have an additional impact on our waistlines: taxing mental effort appears to cause people to eat significantly more food, even though it doesn't burn many more calories than sitting around and relaxing. The publication, published in a journal called Psychosomatic Medicine, arose from a pilot study that the researchers were performing in order to determine whether a potential connection between mental effort and eating was worth following up on."
Japan

Experiment Shows Traffic 'Shock Waves' Cause Jams 642

Posted by Zonk
from the science-in-the-wheels dept.
Galactic_grub writes "Japanese researchers recently performed the first experimental demonstration of a phenomenon that causes a busy freeway to inexplicably grind to a halt. A team from Nagoya University in Japan had volunteers drive cars around a small circular track and monitored the way 'shockwaves' — caused when one driver brakes — are sent back to other cars, caused jams to occur. Drivers were asked to travel at 30 kmph but small fluctuations soon appeared, eventually causing several vehicles to stop completely. Understanding the phenomenon could help devise ways to avoid the problem. As one researcher comments: 'If they had set up an experiment with robots driving in a perfect circle, flow breakdown would not have occurred.'"

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