5/9/2005:

Intermediate Word:  candida (a) compilation of self-evident truths  (b) disposable camera  (c)   (d) pathogenic yeast
Difficult Word:
  acciacatura  (b) staccato  (b) discordant note  (c) chicken noodle dish  (d) frosted transom window

Gravity: Were Newton and Einstein wrong?  Gravity: Were Newton and Einstein wrong? - New Scientist  A GOOD bit of our universe - 23 per cent of it, to be exact - seems to be made up of stuff we can't even see. Except, what if it isn't? The leading cosmological theory says that invisible "dark matter" lurks in the hearts of galaxies, its extra gravity keeping the outermost stars from flying off into the void and generally making clusters of galaxies look the way they do. Nobody knows what this mysterious matter is, but it must be there, because all the visible stars, planets and other bodies do not have enough mass to account for the celestial motions we observe, according to Newtonian gravity. But what if Newton was wrong? It's a long-standing question whether his law of gravity might actually be flawed.     
story.neutron.machine.ap.jpg Scientists start monster neutron machine  - CNN  For the first time Friday, scientists fired up a $1.4 billion research instrument that uses a stream of subatomic particles to analyze metals and other industrial materials. The Spallation Neutron Source facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory took seven years to build. It produced a millisecond pulse of neutrons on Friday afternoon. Jet planes, credit cards, drugs, compact discs, shatterproof windshields, mapping of oil deposits, environmentally friendly dry-cleaning, batteries and fuel cells all have been created or improved through neutron-scattering examinations pioneered by Nobel Laureate Clifford Shull at Oak Ridge in the 1940s and '50s.     

Your responses to the future... of technology  - CNN  CNN.com asked readers what they hoped would happen in the next 10 years and how it would change their lives for the better. Here is a sampling of their responses. "In the next ten years my health insurance card will contain a microchip that has my entire medical history and is updated during every medical intervention." "I want a tool, something like a cell phone, that feeds the data to my wrap-around eyeglasses/earphones, and somehow takes input from my hands without confining me to a thumb-board. This tool will enable me to contact any person or website, or to watch/hear any entertainment." "I see voice activated electronics 100 percent."




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