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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Saramago, José Born 1922. Portuguese writer especially noted for his novels, which include Country of Sin (1947), Baltasar and Blimunda (1982), and The Stone Raft (1986). He was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize for literature.

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  • Turns out some actions-such as jumping over a river or maneuvering between stampeding cattle-are simply better geared for a physical button or joystick.

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  • If you are planning to apply for a mortgage, loan or credit card in the coming months, knowing where your credit score stands could help curb negative credit actions-such as increased debt, maxed out credit cards or missed or late payments-during the holidays.

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  • Figdor also says that while individual actions-such as eating organic foods, recycling, and watching our energy usage at home-are commendable, there's a danger of deciding you've done your part and don't need to do more.

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  • Even the mildest of actions-such as special recruiting efforts targeted at increasing minority applications-would surely be rejected if they were designed to hold down the number of minorities who applied.

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  • Others actions-such as pressing for sustainable design in the workplace-are more complicated.

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  • Their plan relies on more one-time revenue actions-such as refinancing bonds the state issued years ago after a class-action settlement against tobacco companies.

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  • I once had a student who was an ardent supporter of one political party and was convinced that crime rates rose when the other party was in power. in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology tested whether showing people photos of completed actions-such as a broken pencil or an opened envelope-could influence them to believe they'd done something they had not, particularly if they were shown the photos multiple times.

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  • Department of Defense, which helped fund their project, will take advantage of artificial intelligence built into this digital mock-up of the Middle East to estimate how different actions-such as building schools, burning drug crops and performing massive security sweeps-might affect the complex real-life interactions among the many diverse ethnic groups in the region, according to a study to be published Friday in

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  • Glide is a revolutionary touch-responsive user interface that enables users to perform a variety of navigational actions-such as selecting, zooming, scrolling and flipping-easily through simple flicks of their fingers.

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