2/14/2005:

Intermediate Word:  secant -  (a) straight line that cuts through a circle  (b) line of steepest descent  (c) scoop for skimming off liquid   (d) half-apron
Difficult Word: - noria  (a) slight lisp  (b) vegetable grater  (c) waterwheel with buckets  (d) Iranian wet-nurse
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The final unravelling of the universe The final unravelling of the universe - New Scientist  It might collapse in a big crunch, or it could end more violently in a big rip. A drift into darkness is an option, but even that could get pretty exciting. THE future's not what it used to be. The latest research suggests many different possible futures. Cosmic cycles of death and rebirth might be on the cards, or a very peculiar end when the vacuum of space suddenly turns into something altogether different. The universe might collapse back in on itself in a big crunch. Or we could be in for an even more violent end, called the big rip.   
Stained single-celled organisms from Challenger Deep (Science/Todo) Life flourishes at crushing depth  - BBC  Left:  From the deep: The scale bar is 50 microns. Click here to see a map of the deepest places on Earth  Enlarge Map Tiny single-celled creatures, many of them previously unknown to science, have been found at the deepest point in the world's oceans, almost 11km down. The soft-walled foraminifera, a form of plankton, were recovered by the Japanese remote submersible Kaiko. The foraminifera probably ingest particles of organic matter that rain down from higher up in the water column or materials that are dissolved in the seawater. DNA suggests they represent a primitive form of organism dating back to Precambrian times

Underground search for 'God particle'  - BBC  At the foot of the Jura Mountains, where Switzerland meets France, is a laboratory so vast it boggles the mind. One hundred metres below Geneva's western suburbs is a dimly lit tunnel that runs in a circle for 27km (17 miles). The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a powerful and impossibly complicated machine that will smash particles together at super-fast speeds in a bid to unlock the secrets of the Universe. When the LHC is turned on in the latter half of 2007, physicists will scour this crash wreckage for signs of the Higgs boson. The Higgs is nicknamed the God particle because of its importance to the Standard Model.




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