10/16/2004:

Intermediate Word:  halberd   (a) armor for a knight's back  (b) sideboard  (c) vertical box serving as a closet  (d) combination spear and axe
Difficult Word: - zebu  (a) African face mask  (b) tribal sub-chieftain  (c) Asiatic humpbacked cow  (d) dish of plantain, chickpeas and spices

$12.5M In Subcontracts Awarded For Fusion Experiment At Princeton - SpaceDaily  Dramatic advances in magnetic confinement physics and computational capabilities have yielded a promising new configuration the compact stellarator. NCSX will be the first device in this class anywhere in the world. The cross section of a tokamak is circular and remains the same all around the doughnut. The cross section of a stellarator varies, depending on where the doughnut is sliced. This additional degree of freedom allows physicists to select the best plasma cross section for optimal performance. NCSX will combine the best features of the traditional stellarator with those of the tokamak. The NCSX will create a plasma which is more compact than traditional stellarators. The smaller size may lead to a more economical fusion power plant, including those now operational in Europe and Japan.     
NASA Approves Mission To Seek Nearest Stars, Brightest Galaxies - SpaceDaily  Left:  An infrared image of M16, the Eagle Nebula, taken by the ESA/ISO satellite. The false-color image was constructed from a 7.7 micron infrared exposure (shown as blue), and a 14.5 micron infrared exposure (shown as red). This nebula is the site of active star formation in the Milky Way Galaxy. WISE will observe the region in similar wavelengths of light to see the dust that often enshrouds star forming regions. Like a powerful set of night vision goggles, the new space-based telescope will survey the cosmos with infrared detectors up to 500,000 times more sensitive than previous survey missions. It will reveal hundreds of cool, or failed, stars, called brown dwarfs, some of which may lie closer to us than any known stars. 

Next Step To The Quantum Computer - SpaceDaily  Physicists from the University of Bonn have succeeded in taking a decisive step forward towards processing quantum information with neutral atoms: in the latest issue of the 'Physical Review Letters' vol. 93 (2004) they describe how they managed to set up a quantum register experimentally. Their next aim is to construct a quantum gate in which two or more atoms interact with each other in a controlled way. By combining the register and gate there would then be all the basic components available for developing a quantum computer with neutral atoms. Registers are the central memory of a computer.





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