1. A hypothetical, invisible world of alternative lifeforms with a completely different biochemistry from our own.
The idea of the ... is also controversial and is challenged by several other scientists.
2. 2. The act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention.
It sounds cheerfully daft, but there’s an uncomfortable truth at the heart of ...: other people are easier to handle when encountered on screen.
3. A photograph taken of yourself, often for the purposes of posting on a social-networking website.
People take ...s in public, posing everywhere and in every which way.
4. Describes a video game in which a character keeps running, encountering a variety of obstacles.
If you’re a fan of ... games like Temple Run, starting today you’ll get your chance to do more than outrun a pack of demonic monkeys — you can take on your friends, too, with Zynga’s new title Running With Friends.
5. A term used to describe a simple screen design which does not feature the drop shadows or textures of a skeuomorphically designed screen.
‘Totally ..., like in Windows 8, is a terrible usability mistake because it removes the users’ ability to see at a glance where they can click,’ said Jakob Nielsen, a usability guru with nearly 80 U.S. patents to his name.
6. (Of wearable computers) looking like glasses.
The NY Times is all over the controversy this week, explaining that the ‘... device allows Internet access, as well as the shooting of photos and video, raising concerns about privacy and distraction.’
7. A cosmopolitan African; an African who has a background which is varied in culture and geography.
At what point does one realize that things will never be the same? First time novelist and ... Talye Selasi tackles these themes in her new novel ‘Ghana Must Go’.
8. A percussion instrument created for Brazil’s World Cup. It rattles when shaken.
Unlike the vuvuzela, which has historical and cultural significance in South Africa, the ... has been designed especially for use in stadiums.
9. Money transferred in secret by a covert government agency.
For more than a decade, the CIA – using suitcases, backpacks, even plastic bags — has made monthly cash payments to the offices of President Hamid Karzai. One Karzai aide called it ‘...’ because ‘it came in secret, and it left in secret.’
10. A cross between a doughnut and a croissant, being ring-shaped like a doughnut, but composed of buttery, croissant-like dough.
The ... – US pastry sensation that must cross the Atlantic. These blends between croissants and doughnuts are all the rage in New York, but have yet to make it to the UK. So can you replicate them in your own kitchen?