4/5/2005:

Intermediate Word:  vernacular -  (a) substandard everyday speech  (b) pertaining to spring  (c) festooned with greenery  (d) youth
Difficult Word: - duiker    (a) divot shot  (b) African antelope  (c) art folio case  (d) Dutch bride-to-be
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Milky Way Hides A Super Cluster - SpaceDaily  Super star clusters are groups of hundreds of thousands of very young stars packed into an unbelievably small volume. They represent the most extreme environments in which stars and planets can form. Until now, super star clusters were only known to exist very far away, mostly in pairs or groups of interacting galaxies. Now, however, a team of European astronomers* have used ESO's telescopes to uncover such a monster object within our own Galaxy, the Milky Way, almost, but not quite, in our own backyard! Westerlund 1 contains hundreds of very massive stars, some shining with a brilliance of almost one million suns and some two-thousand times larger than the Sun (as large as the orbit of Saturn)! Indeed, if the Sun were located at the heart of this remarkable cluster, our sky would be full of hundreds of stars as bright as the full Moon.  
In Lab's High-Speed Collisions, Things Just Vanish  - NY Times  Left: Top, the end view of a collision of two 30-billion electron-volt gold beams in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, above, at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. The beams travel in opposite directions at nearly the speed of light before colliding.  The bits and pieces flying out from the high-speed collisions of gold nuclei at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island have not been behaving quite as physicists had expected. According to one theoretical physicist, the collisions have even been creating a sort of tiny, short-lived black hole - very, very tiny and very, very short-lived. The Brookhaven mini-black hole, if it existed, would have nothing to do with gravity. The calculations of Dr. Horatiu Nastase, a professor of physics at Brown, suggest that in the trillion-degree fireball of a collision, the so-called "strong force" that holds protons and neutrons together, would briefly create a black-hole-like vortex that swallowed part of the gold. physicists expected that at ultrahot temperatures the bindings holding the quarks together would loosen and dissolve into a new state of matter, the quark-gluon plasma . But, "It doesn't resemble what our na´ve expectations for quark-gluon plasma were." 

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Robots on parade  - CNN  The rapper swiveled to the beat while exiting the dance floor, delivering his parting line with a lyrical "Love Robots, Too!" The squat, white machine with wheels for legs had earlier danced to a flawless rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" performed by Toyota's "band" of robotic trumpeters and horn players. The automaker's sleek musicians are among more than 100 robots at the expo, doing everything from greeting visitors at the gates to sweeping the venue's streets after dark. "Until now, robots were used at factories, in assembly lines to make cars or semiconductors. In the future, they will be used in homes, offices, hospitals and amusement parks."   




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