2/2/2005:

Intermediate Word:  rail (a) luff sail  (b) marsh bird  (c) cry of astonishment  (d) land held in common
Difficult Word: fondure -  (a)
 repetitive poem  (b) round dance  (c) gracefully rounded  (d) table scraps

45-nano process Intel looks ahead with test chips  - C/Net  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant has created test chips made on the 45-nanometer process and will likely begin shipping processors, flash, and other chips based on that process in the second half of 2007, according to Mark Bohr, director of process architecture and integration at Intel. The test chips, produced this month, are static SRAM memory chips containing 153 megabits of memory. The chips contain over a billion transistors and are nearly the same size as test SRAM chips produced by Intel in 2000 on the then-new 130-nanometer process that contained 18 megabits of memory. The memory cells on the 45-nanometer test chips take up 0.346 square microns, compared to 2.45 square microns. (Moore's Law is still alive and could persist until around 2020 in its present form, although the time between transitions will likely increase.)    
Smallest Earth-like planet found  - BBC  An international team of astronomers has found the smallest Earth-like planet yet outside our Solar System. The new planet has five times the Earth's mass and can be found about 25,000 light-years away in the Milky Way, orbiting a red dwarf star. The discovery, reported in the journal Nature, was made using a method called microlensing, which can detect far-off planets with an Earth-like mass. The planet's cold temperatures make the chance of finding life very unlikely. The planet, which goes by the name OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb, takes about 10 years to orbit its red dwarf parent star.  

Political bias affects brain activity, study finds - MSNBC   Democrats and Republicans alike are adept at making decisions without letting the facts get in the way, a new study shows. And they get quite a rush from ignoring information that's contrary to their point of view. Researchers asked staunch party members from both sides to evaluate information that threatened their preferred candidate prior to the 2004 Presidential election. The subjects' brains were monitored while they pondered. "We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning. What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts."





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