5/21/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
salubriety
  (a) good health   (b) cynicism  (c) optimism   (d) wealth and upper=class status 
Difficult Word: - duvetyn  (a) a very-low mewlting point alloy  (b) a cage used to hold sheep for shearing  (c) a soft twill  (d) a brightly-colored teapot

 
Oak Ridge To Build New Class Of Supercomputer - SpaceDaily  The capacity of the current ORNL Cray X1 computer will be increased to 20 teraflops in 2004 with a 20-teraflop Red Storm-based system from Cray added in 2005. Argonne National Laboratory expects to install a 5-teraflop IBM Blue Gene computer as part of this project. A 100-teraflop Cray system at Oak Ridge is planned for 2006, with the potential to increase to 250 teraflops in 2007. The supercomputer at ORNL will be housed in a new 170,000 square foot facility that includes 400 staff and 40,000 square feet of space for computer systems and data storage. The machines will run on 12 megawatts of power. 
Clues to String Theory May be Visible in Big Bang Aftermath - SpaceDaily  Critics have disdained string theory as a philosophythat cannot be tested. However, the results of Easther and his colleagues suggest that observational evidence supporting string theory may be found in careful measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the first light to emerge after the Big Bang. Easther stressed it is a long shot that string theory might leave measurable effects on the microwave background by subtly changing the pattern of hot and cold spots. However, string theory is so hard to test experimentally that any chance is worth trying. 

US Leadership In Technology In Danger Warn Engineers - SpaceDaily  The national frog is being boiled alive -- and no one's paying attention. That was the ominous message issued Tuesday by the head of the National Academy of Engineering to a gathering of software executives in Washington. The frog in question is U.S. leadership in science and technology, and the conclusion drawn by William Wulf is that American complacency -- in both the public and private sectors -- has created a simmering crisis that could have dangerous economic and political consequences. The way to boil a frog is to slowly turn up the heat, so it never notices it's turning into grenouille.





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