12/13/2004:

Intermediate Word:  lexicon - (a) pre-computer mechanized system for retrieving legal precedents   (b) dictionary  (c) specialized law library  (d) corpus, with word frequency listing
Difficult Word: - bateau   (a) lightweight trench coat  (b) bat-boy in cricket  (c) rowboat  (d) black-and-white water-color

What Do You Say to An Extraterrestrial? - Space.com  The next-smaller category, dubbed the Keystone Awards, would run from $250,000 to $5 million, with three to five presented per year. NASA would give Keystone Awards for overcoming a variety of smaller technological challenges, such as developing a better spacesuit glove, a better lunar rover or better radiation shielding. But the point is, there’s no need to skimp on the information you transmit to cosmic listeners. The data pipe is fat.     
Researcher Finds Missing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide - SpaceDaily  Left:  The findings are consistent with the hypothesis that elevated carbon dioxide levels are increasing carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems and slowing the build-up of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.   The findings are consistent with the hypothesis that elevated carbon dioxide levels are increasing carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems and slowing the build-up of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. The researchers studied the soil below white oak trees in the temperate zone over four growing seasons and found that the soil below trees exposed to elevated levels of CO2 had an average of 14% more carbon. "By being able to demonstrate a substantial average increase in the carbon below these oak trees, we have potentially found the solution to better global warming forecasting." 

Chemistry props

Chemical reaction Bunsen burners, silly goggles, who took the fun out of chemistry?  - BBC  Sprinkling iron filings into Bunsen burners, silly goggles, magnesium flares, that stuff which smelled like pear drops... who says chemistry lessons are dull? More and more children, it seems. The chemical attraction that turned British scientists into heroes of the industrial age is wearing off. Two universities in as many weeks have announced plans to shut their chemistry faculties, bringing the total to five such closures in 18 months. Of all the traditional academic subjects that have lost out to new, so-called "soft" subjects, chemistry is said to be in the most critical condition.  





12/11/2004 Daily Page
12/10/2004 Daily Page
12/9/2004 Daily Page
12/8/2004 Daily Page
12/7/2004 Daily Page
12/6/2004 Daily Page
12/5/2004 Daily Page