6/24/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
cerulean
  (a) sky-blue  (b) a gauze-like fabric  (c) fruit-flavored whipped dessert  (d) fabric used to wrap for burial
Difficult Word: - piccalilli  (a) blouse flounce  (b) similar to picolo  (c) gay man  (d) picle relish

Rocket Science: Reaching for Space with Rubber Fuel - Space.com  The fuel in SpaceShipOne's tank is about as exotic as the spacecraft's design. SpaceShipOne, set to be the first non-governmental crewed vehicle to reach space, uses a combination of rubber and nitrous oxide -- also known as laughing gas -- as the powerhouse for test flights and an anticipated suborbital spaceshot set for June 21. "It's a very stable and non-toxic system." 
Test May Confirm Strings As Basic Constituent Of Matter, Energy - SpaceDaily  In the June on-line Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP), three theoretical physicists propose the most viable test to date for determining whether string theory is on the right track. The effect that they describe and that could be discovered by LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), a facility for detecting gravitational waves that is just becoming operational, could provide support for string theory within two years. "One way to characterize that number," said Polchinski, "involves the gravitational effect of the string. If you look at a string end on while a couple of light rays go past it on either side, the light rays will bend towards the string.

MIT Technology Jump-Starts Human Embryonic Stem Cell Work - SpaceDaily  Left:  The fountain of youth or Pandora's most deadly potion yet.  An MIT team has developed new technology that could jump-start scientists' ability to create specific cell types from human embryonic stem cells, a feat with implications for developing replacement organs and a variety of other tissue engineering applications. The scientists have already identified a simple method for producing substantially pure populations of epithelial-like cells from human embryonic stem cells. Epithelial cells could be useful in making synthetic skin. Seventeen hundred spots of biomaterial are analyzed simultneously. 





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