5/6/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
lagniappe
  (a) a cheese, pasta and cream sauce dish  (b) a leg iron  (c) an unexpected gift  (d) a hood used for executions .
Difficult Word: - hypnopompic  (a) suggestible  (b) sleep-inducing  (c) half-awake  (d) can't be hypnotized

U.S. Snubbed China's Offer for Space Cooperation: 'Technology Not Mature' - Space.com  Despite joining the elite club of nations to have successfully launched humans into space, China remains an outsider with the United State, reaching out to other spacefaring countries, an expert on Chinese space exploration said Tuesday. The Chinese National Space Administration was surprised to receive a cold reaction from the U.S. after the successful flight of taikonaut Yang Liwei in October 2003. 
Plausibility of Martian Microbes - SpaceDaily  Left:  Did results from the Viking mission in the late 1970s not suggest that Mars was probably devoid of life? That was the accepted interpretation at the time, based on the results of three experiments that tested for biological activity and the absence of organic molecules in the surface materials. However, this conclusion may be open to some debate based on recent advances in our understanding of biology.  geological evidence suggests that the martian climate prior to about 3.5 billion years ago was somehow warmer than the present climate and that liquid water flowed on the surface in a way that is not observed today. Unfortunately, the observations do not allow a unique determination of what the temperature, atmospheric pressure, or partitioning of liquid water between the subsurface, surface, and atmosphere were at that time. Interestingly, an alternative source for life on Mars may have been Earth itself.

Proof Of The Matter Is In The Jelly - SpaceDaily  In the community of very tiny particles that make up all matter in the universe, there are two main citizens: bosons and fermions. Bosons are socially oriented and tend to stick together, while fermions are solitary entities, preferring to go it alone. That's why NASA-funded researchers overcame an important technical challenge when they recently persuaded reclusive fermion atoms to act like their friendly boson buddies and jiggle together in an ultra-cold, jelly-like state of matter. The findings, published in the online version of Physical Review Letters, represent the first direct evidence for a fermion atom superfluid a frictionless fluid made up of a gas of fermion atoms.






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