Useful Words of the Day 2022

Useful words of the Day (2022) is an online resource to enrich English vocabulary, its words are selected from MIT News or other similar media, active on campus and Internet; you can study them with flexible review patterns.
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Topological phases have been proposed as venues for observing and manipulating exotic effects, including the interconversion of electrical current and electron spin. - MIT News
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venue   Speak
n.  the place where something happens, especially an organized event

interconversion   Speak
n.  the conversion of two things into each other
Added on: 2022-05-21
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30 Words list: 2022-05-19, 2022-04-01
root out   Speak
v. eradicate, eliminate
inorganic   Speak
a. not consisting of or deriving from living matter
They utilized a systematic method to root out signs of topology in all known crystalline structures, also known as inorganic solid-state materials. MIT News
pathogen   Speak
n. a bacterium, virus, or other microorganisms that can cause disease
shelf-life   Speak
n. the period during which a material may be stored and remain suitable for use
We will see mRNA vaccines with improved stability and shelf-life; it is also possible to rapidly create a new vaccine for an emergent pathogen. MIT News
bulk production   Speak
n. the final product being produced based on the mass order requirements
mammalian   Speak
a. relating to or denoting a mammal
Conventional vaccine relies on bulk production using mammalian cells, while mRNA vaccines turn into the final product only once inside a patient’s cells. MIT News
namesake   Speak
n. a person or thing that has the same name as another
oddity   Speak
n. a strange or peculiar person, thing, or trait
The stellar oddity appears to be a new black widow binary circling and consuming a smaller companion star, as its arachnid namesake does to its mate. MIT News
pulsar   Speak
n. a tiny dense star that sends out radio waves
strip   Speak
v. remove all coverings from; leave bare of accessories or fittings
The recycled pulsar then starts reradiating energy that further strips the star and eventually destroys it. MIT News
hone   Speak
v. refine or perfect something over a period of time
interact   Speak
v. act in such a way as to affect another
Knowing precisely how these waves interact can help hone the design of offshore structures. MIT News
model   Speak
v. use something as an example to follow or imitate
implication   Speak
n. close connection; action or state of being involved in something
If you don't model wave breaking right, it would have tremendous implications for how structures behave. MIT News
malevolent   Speak
a. having or showing a wish to do evil to others
caste   Speak
n. a division of society based on differences in wealth, inherited rank or privilege, profession, occupation, or race
The authors observe one answer to keep in mind is that norms can be used for malevolent purposes, such as enforcing social caste systems. MIT News
irrational   Speak
a. not logical or reasonable
account for   Speak
v. to give a reason or explanation for something
Costly signaling is just one thing we do that seems irrational on the surface but has a deeper logic behind it - a logic accounted for by the field of game theory. MIT News
grapple   Speak
v. engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons
ethical dimensions   Speak
n. the competency throughout the curriculum so that students will identify ethical principles in the analysis of social and political problems
More than 500 students enrolled in the spring term grappled with these ethical dimensions alongside their efforts to learn new computing techniques. MIT News
ponder   Speak
v. think about something carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion
implication   Speak
n. the conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated
These students will stop to ponder the implications of these artificial intelligence tools, which sometimes come with their share of unintended consequences. MIT News
baffle   Speak
v. to totally bewilder or perplex
dilemma   Speak
a. a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives
I was baffled by the struggling artist dilemma that creative people face globally when artists are at the heart of innovation. MIT News
relegate   Speak
v. consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position
exploitation   Speak
n. the action of treating someone unfairly to benefit from their work
In the cities, people with less formal education are often relegated to slums and can become the victims of exploitation. MIT News
deformable   Speak
a. capable of being reshaped
impairment   Speak
n. the act of spoiling something or making it weaker so that it is less effective
It could be applied in settings where a robot needs to manipulate deformable objects, such as a caregiving robot that feeds someone with motor impairments. MIT News
dough   Speak
n. a thick, malleable mixture of flour and liquid, used for baking into bread or pastry
spatula   Speak
n. an implement with a broad, flat, blunt blade, used for mixing and spreading things
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