3/22/2005:

Intermediate Word:  morraine (a) rocky debris carried by a glacier  (b) cattle disease  (c) monastic cape, with cowl  (d) swamp
Difficult Word:
  misology -  (a) study of error generation mechanisms  (b) classification rules for evolutionary tree  (c) branch of science dealing with personality classification  (d) hatred of reason or enlightenment 

Adapt To New Technology Or Die Says Murdoch - SpaceDaily  The newspaper industry needs to embrace the technological revolution of the Internet, MP3 players, laptops and mobile phones or face extinction, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch said here Monday. "Societies or companies that expect a glorious past to shield them from the forces of change driven by advancing technology will fail and fall," he said in a speech to the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. "That applies as much to my own, the media industry, as to every other business on the planet. Power is moving away from the old elite in our industry -- the editors, the chief executives and, let's face it, the proprietors. "A new generation of media consumers has risen demanding content delivered when they want it, how they want it, and very much as they want it."     
WMAP NASA probe peers back to instant after Big Bang - C/Net  A NASA space probe has peered back in time to a bare instant--less than a trillionth of a trillionth of a second--after the Big Bang, astronomers reported on Thursday. The robotic probe looked at the afterglow from the Big Bang, the energetic event scientists believe gave birth to the universe some 13.7 billion years ago, and managed to discern unprecedented detail about the earliest moments of the cosmos. "We have new evidence that the universe suddenly grew from sub-microscopic to astronomical size in less than the blink of an eye," Bennett said at a telephone news conference. "This tremendous inflation of the universe happened in much less than a trillionth of a second." in "an otherwise astonishingly empty sea of nothingness" that was the baby universe.

Deconstructing Life Does Not Metabolise Into Creationism - SpaceDaily  Astrobiology Magazine (AM):  Harvard University is funding a new study called the "Origins of Life in the Universe Initiative." Recent news reports implied this meant Harvard is entering the debate of intelligent design versus evolution.  Dimitar Sasselov (DS): That's the spin the Boston Globe put on it, but we would not describe it in terms of that debate. Instead, we are trying to understand the pathways that bring us from cosmochemistry, or chemistry in a completely inorganic sense, through the point where it becomes biology at the molecular level.




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