11/23/2004:

Intermediate Word:  Plimpsoll line   (a) line establishing boundaries after Thirty-Years War  (b) legal loading line on ship  (c) imaginary line connecting antipodes  (d) revolving line of credit rescuing debtors from debtors' prison
Difficult Word: -sagittate   (a) seasoned and wise  (b) referring to the sagitta relation  (c) shaped like an arrowhead  (d) tending to sag

Surprising Second Black Hole Found in Milky Way's Center - Space.com  The newly detected object appears to be an intermediate mass black hole, packing about 1,300 solar masses. It is now less than 1.5 light-years from the fringes of the known supermassive black hole. Orbiting the presumed middleweight are seven stars, each of which contains five to 10 solar masses. The whole setup is racing around the galactic center at 626,300 mph (280 kilometers per second).    
3D Image Search Could Boost Surveillance In Public Places - SpaceDaily  Left:  "By simply touching an image on a screen, the user can pinpoint a face, suitcase or any point of interest to explore further from different vantage points."/span  A new three-dimensional multi-camera system that allows viewers to search areas from various vantage points could one day boost surveillance in public places such as airports and train stations, say University of Toronto researchers. By simply touching an image on a screen, the user can pinpoint a face, suitcase or any point of interest to explore further from different vantage points. ""The system allows an operator to quickly and easily search and explore a large environment."  

The Next Five Big NASA Failures - SpaceDaily  Left:  A Mars Sample Return mission has been but 10 years away for over 30 years. One of the most annoying things about NASA is that its dysfunctional management wastes a huge amount of effort on projects long after they are clearly doomed. In my very first opinion column for SpaceDaily.com, I remarked that the Orbital Space Plane project was so stupid that many of the people working on it must have known that OSP was fundamentally misconceived, and doomed to be cancelled. Sure enough, it was soon cancelled, and later it turned out that many of the engineers, working for both NASA and the contractor teams, had shared my opinion, but kept quiet.





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