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buddy box

buddy box  n.— «Depending on the systems used, a novice pilot can try his or her wings under the tutelage of a more experienced pilot using what is called a “buddy box.” The student’s control box and the instructor’s control box are linked...

sociophysics

sociophysics  n.— «I’m not the only person to think of using spin waves to model crowd behavior; there is an entire field generally referred to as “Sociophysics” which uses them. I originally read about it years ago in a book...

demoflush

demoflush  n.— «The authors describe a model for relating wastewater output to seasonal changes in population, and for estimating the amount of additional medical facilities needed by resort areas during their peak season. Data from Ocean...

Mexican limo

Mexican limo  n.— «I just saw Super Crazy, a Mexican wrestler, ride to the ring on a pimped-out lawn mower. Yeah, that’s right. A lawn mower. John Deere, if you care, with leopard print seat and steering wheel covers and a little Mexican...

hindcast

hindcast  v.— «How do you demonstrate the accuracy of such a computer model without waiting for the next “big one?” Rundle says they do this by taking these models through past events, including the great San Francisco...

couch

couch  n.— «Just about every Harley model was on display, from customised low-riders to enormous, well-upholstered cruisers. These behemoths, which tend to be ridden by equally well-upholstered middle-aged men, are jokingly referred to as...