11/14/2005:

Intermediate Word:  hedonistic (a) intrepid  (b) relating to the act of weaving  (c) overbearing  (d) pleasure-seeking
Difficult Word: - grotty 
(a) cavernous  (b) knotted  (c) rheumy  (d) wretched

Neutron Star Found Where a Black Hole was Expected - Space.com   A star 40 times the mass of the Sun collapsed to form a neutron star instead of a black hole, researchers said today  Scientists previously thought that when a massive star died and collapsed on itself, it had no choice but to create a black hole. Now, new data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggests that massive stars have a little wiggle room, and sometime produces a neutron star instead.    
One Of The Most Massive Stars In Our Galaxy Has A Hot Partner - SpaceDaily  Left: A huge billowing pair of gas and dust clouds is captured in this stunning Hubble telescope picture of the massive star, Eta Carinae. Credit: NASA and Jon Morse, University of Colorado. Desktop available - 1024X 768.  Scientists using NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer satellite made the first direct detection of a companion star of Eta Carinae. Eta Carinae is one of the most massive and unusual stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Eta Carinae is an unstable star thought to be rapidly approaching the final stage of its life. It is clearly visible from the southern hemisphere and has been the subject of intense studies for decades. Iping and her collaborators used the Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer satellite to detect the companion, because it can see even shorter ultraviolet wavelengths than Hubble.     

Archaeologists identify Copernicus’ skull - MSNBC  Left:  A computerized portrait, released Thursday by Polish police, reconstructs the face of a man whose skull was found buried in a cathedral in the northern city of Frombork. Archaeologists believe the skull was that of the 16th-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.  Archaeologists believe they have located the grave of 16th-century astronomer and solar-system proponent Nicolaus Copernicus in a Polish church, one of the scientists announced Thursday. Copernicus, who died in 1543 at 70 after challenging the ancient belief that the sun revolved around the earth, was buried at the Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Frombork, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of the capital, Warsaw. “We can be almost 100 percent sure this is Copernicus,” Gassowski told The Associated Press by phone after making the announcement during a meeting of scientists. Gassowski said police forensic experts used the skull to reconstruct a face that closely resembled the features — including a broken nose and scar above the left eye — on a Copernicus self-portrait. The experts also determined the skull belonged to a man who died at about age 70. Gassowski added that his team will try to find relatives of Copernicus to do more accurate DNA identification.




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