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word: meretricious


meretricious

Definition: (adjective) Attracting attention in a vulgar manner.
Synonyms: flashy, garish, gaudy, tawdry, trashy, tacky
Usage: The town’s tasteful welcome sign was replaced with a meretricious monstrosity, a blinking neon tower. Discuss.
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NASA: Commercial Space Flights Will Save Millions


NASA: Commercial Space Flights Will Save Millions

Contracting private space flight companies Boeing and SpaceX to fly its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) will save NASA $12 million per person per flight, the US space agency announced last week. Since retiring its space shuttles in 2011, NASA has relied on the Russian space agency Roscosmos to transport US astronauts to the ISS at a cost of $70 million a head. The need for that taxi service could end as early as 2017, however, with the private flights estimated to cost $58 million per person. More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: CRASH OF AIR INTER FLIGHT 148 (1992)


Crash of Air Inter Flight 148 (1992)

Air Inter Flight 148’s trip from Lyon to Strasbourg, France, on January 20, 1992, was relatively uneventful until it came time to land. It was then that things went horribly wrong. The autopilot was mistakenly left in the wrong mode, accelerating the descent. The crew was unaware of the approaching danger because the plane was not equipped with ground proximity warning systems. All but nine of the 96 people on board were killed in the resultant crash. What else may have contributed to the crash? More… Discuss

 

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