Intermediate Word:  doma   (a) linen skirt  (b) pre-Bolshevik Russian parliament  (c) Ashanti shaman  (d) shrine to a household god
Difficult Word: - fjeld  (a) rocky promonotory  (b) Icelandic skald  (c) high, barren plateau  (d) shed for a sauna

Burt Rutan: Building 'Tomorrowland' One Launch at a Time - Space.com  Rutan said that an upshot of public space travel is the creation of far less expensive boosters in order to satisfy growing numbers of customers. That being the case, Rutan made another prediction: “Lockheed and Boeing will be making very low-cost access to space hardware within 20 years. They just don’t know it yet…because they’re going to have to. I could be wrong…but these are the things that keep me up nights.” 
A Liquid Universe - SpaceDaily  Left:  "The cosmos was born in a churning fluid 300 million times hotter than the sun. We've recreated this hell, and it's not just hot, it is also very, very strange": Amanda Gefter  To look deep into the fundamental structure of matter is to look billions of years back in time, to the moment when matter first blinked into being. Now researchers at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, have, almost certainly, finally recreated the moments after creation. The stuff made at RHIC is a plasma consisting of quarks and gluons, the most basic building blocks of everything we see around us.  

Professor Puts New Spin On Quantum Computer Technology - SpaceDaily  Left:  Shown is an atomic force micrograph of a device used to separate quantum objects according to their spin, which could be used in next-generation computers and other "spintronic" devices. Using a so-called magnetic focusing technique, a small perpendicular magnetic field bends a beam of holes in a gallium arsenide semiconductor along two different cyclotron trajectories, the radius depending on the spin of the particles. Those holes with "up" spin curve in one direction, those with "down" spin in the other. The light-colored lines are oxide, which separate different regions of two-dimensional "hole gas" beneath the surface. Credit: Purdue University.  "For the first time, we have achieved spatial spin separation of the 'holes' in gallium arsenide, the spaces that electrons leave behind as they travel through this semiconductor."

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