10/5/2004:

Intermediate Word:  Avalon   (a) paradise where King Arthur went after death  (b) Norse abode of the gods  (c) legendary kingdom in the Caucasus Mountains  (d) mountainous country between France and Spain
Difficult Word: - vagillity  (a) interfiltration rate across a membrane  (b) capillary fragility  (c) rate at which an organism mutates  (d) capacity of an organism to become widely dispersed

Nano World Printing At Its Ultimate Limit - SpaceDaily  The invention of printing about a thousand years ago transformed history, much as nanotechnology - science and engineering at the molecular scale - is expected to trigger a second Industrial Revolution. Now, nanotechnology and printing are converging in a technique growing in popularity worldwide that brings printing to its fundamental limit of detail only nanometers or billionths of a meter wide. One day, you could take a few microliters of blood or saliva or urine, and analyze it for every possible thing with these arrays - every type of infectious disease - and get information out rapidly and with minimal invasiveness, Chad Mirkin, a chemist at Northwestern University in Chicago, told United Press International. It's in use today in 18 different countries and 60 different labs.
Richard Branson and his Virgin SpaceShip (PA) Virgin boss in space tourism bid  - BBC  Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has signed a 14m agreement which will see his company take passengers into space. The British entrepreneur is having five "spaceliners" built in the US by the team behind the SpaceShipOne vehicle. Sir Richard says it will cost around 100,000 to go on a "Virgin Galactic" spaceliner, and the first flights should begin in about three years' time. "We've done quite a lot of research; we think there are about 3,000 people out there who would want to do this," Sir Richard told the BBC.

Inventing a lean green machine - Seattle Times  Left:  The Viking 32 hybrid vehicle has an electric motor in front and an engine in back that can run on biogas.   Eric Leonhardt, director of the Vehicle Research Institute at Western Washington University in Bellingham, looks at cow pies and sees miles of pollution-free driving. He wants to transform manure into "biogas," methane that fuels a hybrid vehicle running on compressed natural gas. "We absolutely believe that fuel cells will replace the internal-combustion engine in transportation." 





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