11/29/2004:

Intermediate Word:  canard   (a) deliberately misleading story (b) type of duck (c) has trihedral parasol wing (d) single-wing design 
Difficult Word: -orthoepy   (a) art of straightening tilting structures  (b) practice of straightening teeth  (c) study of pronunciation  (d) correction of foot-arch problems

Nano World: Chipping Away At Chip Size - SpaceDaily  Lux Research senior associate Will Arora said the 193-nanometer OPL is on its last stand. The practical limit for semiconductor feature size, due to physical constraints such as the angle of the optics, is about one-third of the wavelength used to pattern the chips, or about 65 nanometers for 193-nanometer OPL. The method industry will adopt en masse in 2008 as a stopgap solution until 2011 will be 193-nanometer liquid immersion lithography, the Lux team found. The reason for its popularity is that it is much like 193-nanometer OPL, but with a layer of water between the last lens and the wafer. Three contenders are neck and neck for the industry once immersion lithography runs out of steam. Lux researchers said at the moment, they believe nanoimprint lithography is in the lead, It creates perfect patterns down to 10 nanometer lines.    
RADAR Surprises From Titan - SpaceDaily  Left:  Atlas, Pandora and Janus Pasadena CA Nov 18, 2004 - Saturn hosts its own miniature solar system, with an entourage of more than 30 moons. This image shows Saturn's A and F rings, along with three of the moons that orbit close to them  Titan looked nothing like we were expecting. It seems to be relatively free of impact craters. A couple of the features we've seen in our RADAR image seem to be indicative of volcanism. Now, volcanism on Titan would be what we call cryovolcanism, or volcanism based on ice. We think Titan is mostly made of ice and rock, roughly in proportions of 50/50. But all the rock would be at Titan's center, forming a core, and water and ice would form a crust and a mantle around that.     

Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, Science

'Original' great ape discovered  - BBC  Scientists have unearthed remains of a primate that could have been ancestral not only to humans but to all great apes, including chimps and gorillas. The partial skeleton of this 13-million-year-old "missing link" was found by palaeontologists working at a dig site near Barcelona in Spain. The new specimen was probably male, a fruit-eater and was slightly smaller than a chimpanzee, researchers say. Great apes are thought - on the basis of genetic and other evidence - to have separated from another primate group known as the lesser apes some time between 11 and 16 million years ago. (The lesser apes include gibbons and siamang).





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