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In the nineteenth century, geology became so respected among middle-class Britons that the science came to be seen as _____________, a yardstick by which other disciplines measured their scientific rigor and imaginative power.
The movie has a surfeit of inscrutable characters and tortuous subplots, so it is no surprise that viewers appeared _____________.
Seemingly to compensate for the (i) _____________ nature of her subject, in her review the theater critic (ii) _____________ a casual chatty style.
Some critics claim that because medical journals receive (i) _____________ selection of findings from clinical trials--mainly those trials that show (ii) _____________ results for the drugs being tested--readers of those journals believe that some medications are more(iii) _____________ than they really are, even when those medications are little more than placebos.
Among chess aficionados, there have been many doomsday scenarios about people (i) _____________ the game as a result of the superiority of computer chess programs over human players. Others have replied to this with variations on the theme of how we still hold footraces despite cars going much faster, but this analogy is (ii) _____________ since cars do not help humans run faster while chess computers undoubtedly have an effect on the (iii) _____________ of human chess.
The tools of science are so specialized that we accept them as a kind of _____________ machinery for producing knowledge: we know that they work, but cannot explain why.
If satellite images predicting outbreaks of Rift Valley fever in the Horn of Africa were to lead to vaccination campaigns five months in advance, monitoring of such images could potentially _____________ epidemics in both livestock and people.
The rebellion was _____________ one, driven less by ardor than by reason and calculation.
To say that John Adams was forthright was to be _____________; friends as well as enemies were more likely to characterize his stark honesty and direct manner as blunt and awkward.
Enlarged sensory organs in cave-dwelling organisms are not necessarily the rule: the phreatic Texas blind catfish has actually developed ________ barbels, whisker-like sensory organs near the mouth that are a prominent feature of other catfish species.
The headmaster believed that the school's strict code of conduct was very useful for making teenagers give up their _______ ways, turning them into minders of tradition and discipline.
Catherine the Great comes across in her memoirs as (i) _______ ruler with a razor-sharp intellect, letting nothing stand in the way of her ambitions. In short, the impression the memoirs give is entirely in accord with her reputation for being (ii) ________
The Cassini spacecraft initially found the bodies of liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan to be very (i) _______, a surprising result since the reduced surface tension and viscosity of liquid methane, as compared to water on Earth, should make it (ii) _______ waves.
The enthusiasm for dancing in New Zealand during the 1920s and 1930s to some extent (i) _____________ in both the United States and Britain, where new dance halls (ii) ___________ in response to customer demand, although the rampant commercialization associated with larger populations in the United States was not so apparent in New Zealand.
When a new scientific discovery is discussed in a scientific paper or book, the process of discovery is often represented as something (i) _____________ and almost (ii) __________. Unfortunately, science publishers simply do not have space for detailed descriptions of experiments that fail along with discussions of every false start and blind alley, elements that are associated with even quite (iii) ________ endeavors.
For decades, Pluto seemed to be the mysteriously _______ planet: it was first thought to be about as large as Earth, but, subsequently, measurements had it smaller and smaller.
Some social insects, such as bees and ants, are celebrated for their industriousness and engineering feats, but popular culture has not generally_____________termites for theirs -even though they can build mounds twenty feet high.
The painter Fu Baoshi lived and worked through a tumultuous period in Chinese history, _________ by exceptional talent and a steely dedication to his art.
Many Latin American writers and critics have come to bristle at the very mention of the type of fiction termed "magic realism", but to the common reader the appeal of such fiction is ____________.
In the 1980s the press release announcing the discovery of a new fundamental particle turned a once _____________ hypothesis of interest to no more than a few hundred physicists into an undisputed fact of global significance.
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