2/21/2005:

Intermediate Word:  limn (a) any body of fresh water  (b) threshold  (c) to describe  (d) a flow rate of one meter per second
Difficult Word:
  kobold -  (a) wen  (b) recklessly brave  (c) gentleman between knight and commoner  (d) fleece overcoat with lamb's wool collar

Tabletop nuclear fusion device developed ...  - Physics Org   Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a tabletop accelerator that produces nuclear fusion at room temperature, providing confirmation of an earlier experiment conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The device is essentially a tabletop particle accelerator. At its heart are two opposing “pyroelectric” crystals that create a strong electric field when heated or cooled. The device is filled with deuterium gas creating deuterium ions and accelerating them into a deuterium target on one of the crystals.   
Student rethinks washing machine  - BBC  A new machine which washes, dries and irons clothes could clean up for a Devon student The University of Plymouth graduate hopes the machine will become an object of desire because it saves about 10 days a year in ironing time. A friend's father said he wouldn't have got married if I'd come up with this sooner," said Mr Blackwell. The 23-year-old student's innovative idea was thought up for his final degree project.  He told BBC News: "There are thousands of exceptional students out there and I knew I had to come up with a damn good product idea to pass my finals. "A washing machine seemed quite obvious and almost everyone uses one." The machine washes, dries and irons clothes in separate compartments and is said to eliminate colour runs, shrinkage and ironing. It can tackle up to 16 items at a time, including king-size bed sheets. Because hangers are used, they do not become entangled and have 83% fewer creases, according to the designer. The items are then dried and ironed by hot air blown across them. "There's been a huge amount of interest shown in my design, but what I really need next is for a major manufacturer to get involved with some investment to develop it further.

New Microchips Shun Transistors  - Wired News  The chip's nanomagnets -- on the order of 110 nanometers wide -- can be assembled into arrays that mirror the function of transistor-based logic gates in addition to storing information. Porod and his colleagues equipped their new chip with a universal logic gate -- a combination of the NAND and NOR gates. Because the chip has no wires, its device density and processing power may eventually be much higher than transistor-based devices. And it won't be nearly as power-hungry, which will mean less heat.




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