10/14/2004:

Intermediate Word:  carpe diem   (a) seize the day  (b) complaining about current affairs  (c) au courant  (d) daily allowance
Difficult Word: - exergue  (a) an aside spoken by an actor  (b) space on coin for date, mint  (c) afterthought   (d) pewrformance review

Nanotech Offers Data Storage At One Terrabyte Per Square Inch - SpaceDaily  Left:  Nanomagnetic transducers fabricated focused ion-beam (FIB). 30nm wide longitudinal writer (top) and 60nm wide perpendicular writer. Photo credit: Dmitri Litvinov/ UH's Cullen College of Engineering  Storing the entire Library of Congress on a Palm Pilot or putting 1,000 movies on a two-inch disk may sound like incredibly futuristic goals, but University of Houston engineers are working swiftly toward making them a reality. These remarkable achievements could become feasible if researchers in UH's Cullen College of Engineering are successful in their bid to create the first nanopatterned medium recording (N-PMR) at the scale of one terabyte per square inch and explore the physical limits of magnetic data storage in units only four nanometers in size. The project could enable the multibillion-dollar magnetic data storage industry to continue its record-setting growth rate for the next 10 to 15 years

New Star-Type Stillborn - SpaceDaily  Left: A close-up view of the EF Eridanus system as it might appear today given that most of the radiation emitted by the system is in the infrared part of the spectrum and not visible to the human eye. Credit: NOAO  Astronomers using the Gemini North and Keck II telescopes have peered inside a violent binary star system to find that one of the interacting stars has lost so much mass to its partner that it has regressed to a strange, inert body resembling no known star type. Unable to sustain nuclear fusion at its core and doomed to orbit with its much more energetic white dwarf partner for millions of years, the dead star is essentially a new, indeterminate type of stellar object.  

NASA Studies Space Railway To Explore Planets, Stars, And Galaxies - SpaceDaily  Left: Artist's concept of the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope. Light collecting telescopes located at opposite ends of a boom direct light into a central beam-combining instrument, where interferometric fringe patterns are produced in a Michelson interferometer. The telescopes move along the boom and the boom rotates to provide access to many interferometric baselines, yielding the information required to synthesize a high-resolution image of an astronomical object. Multiple layers of sun shielding protect the cryogenically cold optics, and state-of-the-art detectors are used to provide unprecedented far-infrared sensitivity.  SPIRIT will consist of two telescopes at opposite ends of a 120-foot (40-meter) beam. The telescopes will move along the beam like cars on a railway, combing their images using the techniques of interferometry to achieve the resolving power of a single giant telescope 120 feet across.





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