4/25/2005:

Intermediate Word:  vichysoisse (a) the French resistance during world War II  (b) gelled bouillon taken in midafternoon  (c) thick, creamy potato soup served cold  (d) transparent propaganda
Difficult Word:
  recension  (a) critical pre-editing revision of text  (b) withdrawal of a petition or plea  (c) repeal of a treaty  (d) repeated attempt

99 Dollar Special Ride To Orbit - SpaceDaily  Masten Space Systems said Tuesday it has begun a "CanSats To Space" payload program intended to carry 350 gram, soda-can sized payloads into sub-orbital space and back, beginning in 2007. Typical payloads would include science experiments such as amateur space telescopes, cellular mitosis in microgravity, and multi-spectral Earth imaging missions, the company said in a statement. MSS said it plans to use its XA 1.0 sub-orbital rocket the first in a planned series of 14 extreme-altitude vehicles - to launch the CanSats to altitudes of at least 100 kilometers (62 miles), where they would experience several minutes of microgravity and can be exposed to the vacuum of space. After an introductory period, the company plans to increase the launch price to $199 per CanSat although qualified institutions would receive an educational discount price of $129.    
Mapusaurus roseae   Image: Rodolfo Coria/AP Dino may have been pack hunter  - BBC  One of the biggest of the meat-eating dinosaurs may have hunted in packs, according to experts in Argentina. At least seven T. rex-sized Mapusaurus roseae have been found together in the fossil-rich Patagonia region of the country. A pack hunting strategy might have enabled the two-legged carnivore to overpower even bigger plant-eating sauropod dinosaurs. Philip Currie of the University of Alberta in Canada speculated that pack hunting could have allowed Mapusaurs to prey on the biggest known dinosaur, Argentinasaurus, a 37.5m-long (125ft) plant-eater.   

Nano Generators Powered By Good Vibrations - SpaceDaily  These nanogenerators could help power nanoscale devices without the need for unwieldy batteries, finding use in everything from portable electronics and wireless nanosensors to medical implants, said researcher Zhong Lin Wang, a nanotechnologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The generators could, for instance, harvest energy from body motions, muscle stretching and blood pressure or from sea, wind or acoustic waves or air flowing through a pipe. "You could envision having these nanogenerators in your shoes to produce electricity as you walk," Wang said. 



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