Jargon/Technical Term Definition: (n.) The microorganisms within a particular site, organism, or habitat; refers commonly to all microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, antibodies, etc.) living within the body of an organism The term, although related to singular entities such as “microbiome” and “microbe,” appears here in the plural because, whereas “microbe” is a much older word, “microbiota” […]


crowdfunding usage

OED Definition(noun): The practice of funding a project or venture by raising money from a large number of people, each of whom contributes a relatively small amount, typically via the Internet. Wikipedia Definition: The practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, today often performed via internet-mediated […]

Energy/Climate Resiliency


neosense word: n.  ability of infrastructure and energy systems to withstand the effects of climate change and disruptions to the energy supply, such as increasing air and water temperatures, rising sea levels, and severe weather. Etymology: Derivational Affixation Latin resili (ēns) (present participle of resilīre to spring back, rebound)  + -ence (Latin -entia, meaning an existing or real […]



Jargon: n. A branch of genomics dealing with the identification of genes involved in individual responses to nutritional factors and the determination of individual nutritional needs. Word originated circa 2000. It explains how foods affect our health (help immune system, protect against cancer, improve mental health) through gene regulation and expression. Here is an example of one specific […]

Data Mining

Buzzword Definition (n): Sorting through the data in a database to gather information and/or establish patterns Etymology: Data, plural of latin datum, meaning “thing given” + mine (from Irish mein, meaning “ore” through Old French) + inflectional affix “-ing”. The term “database mining” came into existence in the 1980s when HNC trademarked the phrase to protect their […]



Neologism. n. A large touchscreen cell phone that seems to be a cross between a phone and a tablet. Etymology: Blend of “phone” and “tablet”. “Phone” is a clipping of “telephone” which dates back to the 1880s. “Telephone” comes from the French word “téléphone”, which was formed by combining “télé,” which means “far,” and “phone,” […]

Higgs Boson

Jargon and Buzzword: n. A subatomic particle that moves through the Higgs field, and which accounts for why elementary particles have mass. Nicknamed the “God Particle” after an article that physicist Leon Lederman wrote in which he asserted that the Higgs boson is crucial to understanding matter. It is believed by some physicists to be the […]



Optogenetics (neologism) n.  the use of genetically manipulated cells which when exposed to certain wavelengths of light express either light-responsive fluorescent proteins capable of indicating neural activity or actuator proteins capable of activating specific neural pathways (http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/optogenetics). In simpler terms, it means using light to control neuronal activity, which has big implications as a treatment […]

IoT – Internet of Things


The Internet of Things – Buzzword- Noun: A type of device that is connected to the internet and communicates with other devices to automate processes. If you have a conventional device that connects to the internet, it falls into the IoT camp. Think home appliances, gadgets, bio-wearables and much more. OED Definition:  Internet of things  n. a proposed […]



General denotation: v. The act of abruptly stopping a game out of frustration. Etymology: Compound of Quit (Latin quies, quite) + Rage (Latin rabia, anger) Societal Information: This word is both jargon and slang because it is currently only used among one group of people. The gamer community has its own jargon and many people, especially other generations, are not […]