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1. An unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star; malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill portent. Disasters in the sun. (Shak)

2. An adverse or unfortunate event, especially. A sudden and extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap. But noble souls, through dust and heat, rise from disaster and defeat The stronger. (Longfellow)

Synonym: Calamity, misfortune, mishap, mischance, visitation, misadventure, ill luck. See Calamity.

Origin: f. Desastre; pref. Des- (L. Dis-) _ astre star, fr. L. Astrum; a word of astrological origin. See aster, astral, star.

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Humans Natural Habitat/Optimal Environment

... in China at the moment and they eat so much of it here!) Finally my personal take on the "perfect environment" idea is that it's a disaster. You can compare evolution to the capitalist market if you like, in that stagnation is a disaster. You need things to stay dynamic in order ...

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by Babybel56
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:04 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Humans Natural Habitat/Optimal Environment
Replies: 2
Views: 8978

Speciation and Evolution

Suppose some natural disaster occurs and a species of finch is forced to relocate from its original island where it dined on cactus flowers to an adjacent island with many fewer cacti but an overabundance of orchids. What would be the ...

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by 1357
Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:01 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Speciation and Evolution
Replies: 6
Views: 7586

Exercises for better coordination/dexterity in lab?

I just got my first job as a laboratory technician, and I'm having problems. I am an unmitigated disaster of clumsy fingers and poor body awareness. This was ok in undergrad lab classes because professors were just glad to have someone in the class who actually showed interest, ...

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by Rowan
Fri May 18, 2012 12:57 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Exercises for better coordination/dexterity in lab?
Replies: 2
Views: 3243

Re: "Diseased" Seals along the Alaskan Coast

... say a rebuttal per se but i do wonder why NOAA said no relationship to Fukushima. They said they saw similarly affected animals in July and the disaster was in March/April

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by JorgeLobo
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: "Diseased" Seals along the Alaskan Coast
Replies: 4
Views: 3960

Re: Future Human Evolution

i believe certain biotechnological innovations as well as genetic engineering brings more disaster than benefit, all this jeopardize our future lives, now hardly anyone can remember times when it was untouched :)

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by fiona1985
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Future Human Evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 77838
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