1/18/2005:

Intermediate Word:  Glengarry -  (a) plaid shawl  (b) Scottish cap  (c) heavy overcoat  (d) highland fling
Difficult Word: - rick-rack  (a) low-priced jewelry  (b) trash  (c) a case for odds-and-ends  (d) narrow zigzag braid 
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Astronomers Confident: Planet Beyond Solar System Has Been Photographed - Space.com   Astronomers are highly confident that they've taken the first photograph of a planet outside our solar system. Make that two photographs. A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms with a high degree of confidence a picture made previously by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and reported by SPACE.com in September.   
Going Beyond Einstein: Spacetime Wave Orbits Black Hole - SpaceDaily  Left:  Astronomers have discovered evidence for physics beyond Einstein's general relativity. This artist's conception shows a galactic black hole being orbited by a ripple in spacetime--a distortion in the fabric of space itself. Credit: Dana Berry (CfA/NASA).  Astronomers Jon Miller (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and Jeroen Homan (MIT) have seen evidence of hot iron gas riding a ripple in spacetime around a black hole. These observations confirm one important theory about how a black hole's extreme gravity can stretch light. The data also paint an intriguing image of how a spinning black hole can drag the very fabric of space around with it, creating a choppy spacetime sea.   

Chandra Finds Evidence For Swarm Of Black Holes Near The Galactic Center - SpaceDaily  A swarm of 10,000 or more black holes may be orbiting the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, according to new results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This would represent the highest concentration of black holes anywhere in the Galaxy. These relatively small, stellar-mass black holes, along with neutron stars, appear to have migrated into the Galactic Center over the course of several billion years. Such a dense stellar graveyard has been predicted for years. At this rate, about 10,000 black holes and neutron stars would have been captured in a few billion years 




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