3/17/2004:

Intermediate Word:  mantra  (a) state of bliss  (b) cap worn under a peruke  (c) sacred formula  (d) curse
Difficult Word: - Maldives  (a) Christians raised to become fierce Muslim warriors  (b) islands off the coast of Scotland  (c) Indonesian rebels  (d) island country near Sri Lanka


Scaled Composites Tests Around-the-World Plane - Space.com  From the folks working hard on passenger space flight comes a new single-piloted aircraft to circle the Earth on one tank of gas. Scaled Composites flew for the first time on March 5 the Virgin GlobalFlyer over the Mojave Desert in California. The maiden mission kicks-off a series of test flights that should culminate in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe with a single pilot, non-stop, and non-refueled.
13.2 Billion Light Years Away - SpaceDaily  Left:  ESO PR Photo 05a/04 shows an ISAAC image in the near-infrared of the core of the lensing cluster Abell 1835 (upper) with the location of the galaxy Abell 1835 IR1916 (white circle). The thumbnail images at the bottom show the images of the remote galaxy in the visible R-band (HST-WPC image) and in the J-, H-, and K-bands. The fact that the galaxy is not detected in the visible image but present in the others - and more so in the H-band - is an indication that this galaxy has a redshift around 10.  Named Abell 1835 IR1916, the newly discovered galaxy has a redshift of 10 and is located about 13,230 million light-years away. It is therefore seen at a time when the Universe was merely 470 million years young, that is, barely 3 percent of its current age.

Enigmatic X-Ray Sources May Point To New Class Of Black Holes - SpaceDaily  Mysterious, powerful X-ray sources found in nearby galaxies may represent a new class of objects, according to data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. These sources, which are not as hot as typical neutron-star or black-hole X-ray sources, could be a large new population of black holes with masses several hundred times that of the sun. "The challenge raised by the discovery of these sources is to understand how they produce so much X-ray power at temperatures of a few million degrees," said Rosanne Di Stefano from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.






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