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A segment of a town or city surrounded by streets and avenues on at least three sides and usually occupied by buildings, though it may be composed solely of vacant lots. The section of a city enclosed by streets that is described by a map which indicates how a portion of land will be subdivided.


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In teaching man-to-man defense to youth players, every coach should do as every high school and college coach does -- start with the building blocks.
He has begun searching through protein databases for other peptide building blocks.
We look forward to the increased reliability and interoperability that CP-TA certified building blocks will give us.
Our industry can use techniques developed in this program to understand the building blocks in better ways and develop new uses.
In general, these building blocks are getting very mature at 1.
According to the terms of the agreement, UORSY products are now obtainable through Enamine, and up-to-date catalogues of in-stock and tangible building blocks from both companies are available from both Enamine and UORSY.
The region in which it sits--a giant void some 30 million light-years in length--is so sparsely populated that it took nearly the entire 14-billion-year history of the universe for the few galactic building blocks that reside there to collide.
He suggests that this screening would have been adequate for protecting newly formed organic building blocks.
The 10 homes in the Whirlpool[R] Building Blocks project will be built in the Providence Park neighborhood, Nashville's first all-Habitat subdivision and one of the nation's largest contiguous all-Habitat communities.
By mixing and matching three polymer building blocks, chemists have developed a lens material that lets oxygen pass through 25 times better than current soft lenses, says Jay Kunzler of Bausch and Lomb, Inc.
They make the polymer from building blocks, called monomers, that are poorly conjugated; their second bonds instead usually connect to side groups of atoms.
The SCOPE Alliance, an association of leading network equipment providers, today announced that Sun Microsystems, Wind River, GoAhead Software and Interphase have joined the Alliance committing to support SCOPE's mission of enabling and promoting the availability and interoperability of open Carrier Grade Base Platforms based on Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) building blocks.

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