living or lasting only a little while.
living or lasting only for a short time
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Even in animals as short-lived as mice, she points out, studying ageing is a long-winded process.
Pilots occasionally report temporary flickering of lights or short-lived interference with instruments.
The droughts were relatively short-lived, lasting between three and nine years, the authors report.
Some believe that radioactive materials with long lifetimes are more dangerous than short-lived ones.
Thus, even if the boost of good feeling-and self-worth-is short-lived, it might spawn actions that yield lasting benefits.
Many other radioisotopes, both long- and short-lived, are also likely to have been released.
Or if they did benefit, the improvement was short-lived, followed by a relapse.
But it's looking more and more likely that liquid water was once abundant, though short-lived.
Researchers had thought this species might be a fluke-a single, short-lived dispersal of one type of tetrapod.
It was a short-lived effort as the chickens began dying from fluoride poisoning.
It is a short-lived settlement on a continually shifting sea of ice and rock.
The short-lived, powerful isotope made its way to the thyroid gland, which has an affinity for iodine.
As a group they are short-lived, but the darker-flowered selections tend to grow longer.
That's fine for a relatively short-lived animal, but not for one that intends to live for decades.
The researchers tried again, but used a short-lived protein switch to inactivate the genes.
The economic impact of natural disasters is often short-lived.
It's not going too far to say that it was obvious it would be short-lived.
But past experience suggests the reprieve will be short-lived.
Both of their relatively short-lived premierships ended in humiliating failure.
Whether his rise to stardom proves short-lived will depend largely on whether his allegations stand up.
The world could probably weather a short-lived crisis.
Such deviations are perhaps too short-lived to be conclusive.
But the glow of political triumph was to be short-lived.
Though serious, that setback proved short-lived and the chairman's reputation has steadily risen since last summer.
Their unease causes their views to fluctuate wildly in response to short-lived bad news.
Then came a short-lived recovery and another recession.
But her thrilling voice was controversial and short-lived.
One is that such emissions are even more short-lived than the quasars themselves, and so could have already faded away.
He replaced the electrons in deuterium atoms with muons, heavier, short-lived particles.
At closer ranges, they can create short-lived blindness as the eye adjusts to the flash.
Now, they do serve a purpose, but it is short-lived.
Chronic pain is more emotionally fraught than short-lived pain.
Subsequent, short-lived generations then string together the rest of the journey.
The respite for the student-tagging business, moreover, may be short-lived.
They also have other excitations of energy that can be thought of as especially short-lived particles.
These latter pairs make up more exotic, short-lived particles seen in high-energy physics laboratories.
The problem with wind continues to be its intermittent power generation and short-lived energy storage capacity.
But the immediate danger was at an end, the short-lived insurrection was finished, and now the work of vengeance was to begin.
The postwar housewife era, whether one views it with horror or nostalgia, was short-lived.
But my joy at lording this status over my more academically talented sister was short-lived.
Already, external doses are rapidly declining as a result of the decay of short-lived isotopes.
Changes brought about by single treatments with drugs tend to be short-lived.
But it is toxic in high concentrations, expensive, and short-lived.
First, they are notoriously sudden and short-lived, so they must be addressed with speed.
Nature must have hyped up our genomic defenses over our short-lived relatives.
Pions and kaons- short-lived nuclear particles- will spray out the back of the graphite.
Whatever the cause, the cycad comeback was short-lived.
Fortunately, the antenna glitch was short-lived, and the observatory worked well.
The presence of several short-lived radio-nuclides are scientifically valuable and should be measured as soon as possible.
He's hardly added anything new in years, and he even abandoned his short-lived blog two years ago.
Usually these ventures are short-lived: the rhymes disserve the beats.
The effort to end-run the dynasty proved to be short-lived.
Others were relatively short-lived, but no less entertaining.
The result is a rare chance to savor details normally too short-lived to study.
In seconds, the forty-foot tree erupts in a short-lived fire.
The new era turned out to be short-lived, or else nonexistent.
Such attempts at reform through more flexible interpretation have often proved shallow and short-lived.
But photography can earn its short-lived triumph at too emphatic a price of professional indifference and even malice.
But, at best, such happiness would tend to be short-lived.
Winter can bring significant snowfall, but it is usually short-lived.