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pinprick

Neurology A sharply focused stimulation of the skin, often by a needle, used to evaluate the sense of touch
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According to astronomers, lurking behind the peaceful appearance of the night sky lies a universe of unimaginable violence -- cosmic phenomena whose destructive power makes our most potent nuclear weapons look like pinpricks in comparison.
Washington, August 24 ( ANI ): Painful pinpricks for diabetes testing could soon be a thing of past as researchers have created a new type of biosensor that can detect minute concentrations of glucose in saliva, tears and urine.
About four fifths of this is inert nitrogen gas which has the effect of neutralising and diluting any of the carbon compounds rising from the Earth; * Sixty per cent of the air mass is over salt water (the five great oceans) which has the capacity of absorbing a large volume of the carbon compounds and other impurities which may rise from the Earth's surface; * If all the alleged polluting areas were plotted on a map of the globe they would be mere pinpricks.
When I looked at my arm, there were two pinpricks at the centre of a swelling lump.
At night, light from the interior radiates out in thousands of shimmering pinpricks, like a spectacularly illuminated porcupine.
I saw some purple pink spots, like pinpricks, on her arms.
When tested on 28 individuals who have diabetes, the GlucoWatch readings closely tracked those obtained by pinpricks, says Satish K.
The others were pinpricks by comparison,'' one official said.
But these are mere pinpricks in the portrait of a stunning, winsome movie star.
Astronomers claim the European Extremely Large Telescope, which will house a mirror the width of five double decker buses placed end to end, will be the first optical telescope capable of picking out the weak pinpricks of light that are reflected from planets as they orbit stars.
Several decades of scientific research have convinced Shuch that humans will never touch the sky's fiery pinpricks of light, but he has found another way to learn about the galaxy's wonders - through radio wavelengths.
Instead, engineers believe that the scorch marks, which resemble pinpricks no more than a few thousandths of an inch deep, stem from the way technicians apply a rubberlike compound that serves as one of several thermal barriers between the hot gas and the O-rings.