10/16/2005:

Intermediate Word:  clevis (a) U-shaped yoke  (b) pikestaff  (c) ancient word for "Louis"  (d) nexus
Difficult Word: - rob roy  (a) claymore  (b) Scottish highlander  (c) Irish whiskey cocktail  (d) kilt

Massive Distant Galaxy Calls Theory into Question - Space.com  The galaxy, named HUDF-JD2, is seen as the universe was only about 800 million years old. The universe today is about 13.6 billion years old. "This galaxy appears to have 'bulked up' amazingly quickly, within a few hundred million years after the Big Bang," said Bahram Mobasher. "It made about eight times more mass in terms of stars than are found in our own Milky Way today, and then, just as suddenly, it stopped forming new stars. It appears to have grown old prematurely."    
The Mega-Module Path To Space Exploration Or- How To Use An HLV - SpaceDaily  The recent correct decision by Griffin and his team to go for the largest available booster which can be created at a reasonable cost, will now allow us to make big plans for the first time in 35 years. This article focuses on how to exploit the wide variety of large payloads which an truly large HLV makes possible. Replacing the shuttle orbiter and external tank with a second stage based on the ET itself will provide greatly increased flexibility and capability. The only capability lost is that of returning large payloads, and this capability has been used only a few times to advantage. The ability to launch payloads of 100 or more tons with a payload shroud diameter of over 27 feet far outweighs that loss. Using a "hammerhead" type shroud could allow payloads of at least 30 feet across.    

China Aims To Operate 'Super-Efficient' Nuclear Reactor In 2010 - SpaceDaily  The first experimental reactor, set to be in operation by 2010, is 60 times more efficient than an ordinary reactor due to its ability to maximise uranium burn-up and minimise waste in electricity generation, China Daily reported. The new generation reactors would help relieve China's uranium shortage problem as the country accelerates nuclear power plant construction, it said. The new reactors are expected to burn 60 to 70 percent of their uranium fuel, compared with a conventional reactor which consumes only 0.7 percent of the uranium fuel. China is planning to build 40 one-gigawatt reactors by 2010.   




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