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Jargon Watch: Cambridge Crude, Internet-in-a-Suitcase, Royalactin

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  • Fleroviumn.
    The proposed moniker for superheavy element 114. Though discovery is credited jointly to Russian and US labs, the Russians haven’t renounced the Cold War completely: The name honors Soviet physicist G. N. Flerov, who instigated Stalin’s atomic weapons program.
  • Cambridge cruden.
    A liquid fuel for powering electric cars. Invented in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by MIT researchers, the black, rechargeable slurry of pulverized electrodes in battery fluid can be pumped into an electric vehicle, replenishing its energy supply in minutes.
  • Royalactinn.
    The newly discovered active ingredient in royal jelly, noble food of queen bees. The protein is a fertility and longevity drug in one and has been found to work on cousins as distant as flies—albeit not on the hopeful humans who buy royal jelly skin creams.
  • Internet-in-a-suitcasen.
    Everything you need to set up an encrypted mesh network on the sly, all concealed inside an ordinary valise. Developed by the State Department at a cost of $2 million, it’s the latest “liberation technology” designed to help dissidents evade repressive governments.

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