6/20/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
philately
  (a) brotherly love  (b) a wandering eye  (c) an aimless wandering  (d) stamp collecting
Difficult Word: - inanation  (a) exhaustion  (b) running a theme into the ground  (c) treating as unimportant  (d) absent-mindedness

Gemini Mirror Is First With Silver Lining - SpaceDaily  The new coating- the first of its kind ever to line the surface of a very large astronomical mirror- is among the final steps in making Gemini the most powerful infrared telescope on our planet. Covering the Gemini mirror with silver utilizes a process developed over several years of testing and experimentation to produce a coating that meets the stringent requirements of astronomical research. Most astronomical mirrors are coated with aluminum using an evaporation process, and require recoating every 12-18 months. Since the twin Gemini mirrors are optimized for viewing objects in both optical and infrared wavelengths, a different coating was specified. Each coating plant (originally built by the Royal Greenwich Observatory in the UK) incorporates devices called magnetrons to "sputter" a coating on the mirror.
Fermilab Results Change Estimated Mass Of Postulated Higgs Boson - SpaceDaily  Scientists at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory today (June 9) announced new results that change the best estimate of the mass of the postulated Higgs boson from approximately 96 GeV/c2 to 117 GeV/c2. Compared to the previous value, the new value is in better agreement with direct searches - such as those conducted by CERN experiments - that excluded a mass below 114 GeV/c2. While scientists have never observed the Higgs itself, they can predict its mass and other characteristics by making precise observations of known particles with which it presumably interacts. 

Low-Cost Robot Could Locate Land Mines In Rugged Terrain - SpaceDaily  Four Johns Hopkins undergraduate engineering students have designed and built a remote-controlled robotic vehicle to find deadly land mines in rugged terrain and mark their location with a spray of paint. The prototype has been given to professional explosive detection researchers as a model for a low-cost robot that humanitarian groups and military troops could use to prevent mine-related deaths and injuries. To carry Nelson's sensors through rough terrain, the Johns Hopkins undergraduates designed a two-piece vehicle that rolls on tank-type treads. 





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