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Goldilocks zone

Goldilocks zone  attrib.— «A planet orbiting a star at the right distance to stay suitably cosy is therefore said by astronomers to be in the star’s “Goldilocks zone”—or, when they are being more serious, the “habitable...

down range

down range  adv.— «The Landstuhl facility, the largest American military hospital outside the United States, sits atop a small mountain overlooking the town of the same name.…A quarter of its multinational patients arrive with hard...

exopolitics

exopolitics  n.— «Exopolitics, as a discipline for understanding Universe society through its politics and government, may turn our dominant view of the Universe upside down. Exopolitics posits that the truest conception of our earthly...

nerd-bomb

nerd-bomb  n.— «Gooner—this wholly untelegenic nerd-bomb who hailed from planet Dateless and spoke a customized Midwestern patois that frequently required its own subtitles…lost and was booted from the island.» —“Idiot Box...

zog

zog  n.— «One day before the attack, Brunerie had posted a message on a British neo-Nazi Web site, reading: “Watch the TV this Sunday, I will be the star…Death to zog, 88!” The motto “death to zog, 88!” is a...

boots on the ground

boots on the ground  n.pl.— «“In the first Gulf War one in 100 ‘boots on the ground,’ as they call it, was a private contractor.” When the U.S. invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003, one in 10 was a private contractor. “Today, as...