6/26/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
gamin
  (a) Southeast-Asian musical-chimes instrument  (b) street urchin  (c) sleeveless blouse  (d) dainty girl
Difficult Word: - hypocorism  (a) term of endearment  (b) religious pilgrimage  (c) ceiling insulation where a stovepipe penetrates a roof  (d) understatement

New Horizons II: Doubling UP in the Outer Solar System - Space.com  Scientists are exploring the idea of a robotic spacecraft that would visit Uranus around 2014 and continue on to the Kuiper Belt . The project would be patterned after NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which is scheduled to begin a mission to Pluto and its moon, Charon, in early 2006. "We have an opportunity to study building a New Horizons II. The science looks very good. 
Cheaper Wastewater-Fueled Device Produces More Electricity - SpaceDaily  Penn State environmental engineers have removed and replaced one of the most expensive parts of their prototype microbial fuel cell and the device now costs two-thirds less and produces nearly six times more electricity from domestic wastewater. Earlier this year, the Penn State team was the first to develop a microbial fuel cell (MFC) that can generate electricity while simultaneously cleaning domestic wastewater skimmed from the settling pond of a sewage treatment plant. Now, they've shown that by modifying their original MFC to make it cheaper, they can also boost electricity production from about 26 milliwatts per square meter to about 146 milliwatts per square meter. Dr. Bruce Logan, the Kappe professor of environmental engineering, directs the project. He says, "The new design has moved the technology closer to our goal of 1000 milliwatts per square meter."

Stun Weapons To Target Crowds - SpaceDaily  Weapons that can incapacitate crowds of people by sweeping a lightning-like beam of electricity across them are being readied for sale to military and police forces in the US and Europe reports New Scientist. At present, commercial stun guns target one person at a time, and work only at close quarters. The new breed of non-lethal weapons can be used on many people at once and operate over far greater distances. One approach involves squirting a stream of conducting fibers at the target. Instead of using fibres, the $9000 Close Quarters Shock Rifle projects an ionised gas, or plasma, towards the target, producing a conducting channel. 





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