7/15/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
matriculate
  (a) enroll  (b) tailor to fit  (c) fit for maternity  (d) graduate
Difficult Word: - gayal  (a) type of crocodile  (b) leather stirrup  (c) S. E. Asian cow  (d) Mayan robe

If The Speed Of Light Can Change - SpaceDaily  THE speed of light, one of the most sacrosanct of the universal physical constants, may have been lower as recently as two billion years ago- and not in some far corner of the universe, but right here on Earth. The controversial finding is turning up the heat on an already simmering debate, especially since it is based on re-analysis of old data that has long been used to argue for exactly the opposite: the constancy of the speed of light and other constants. The threat to the idea of an invariable speed of light comes from measurements of another parameter called the fine structure constant, or alpha.
Tau Ceti System, Asteroid Alley - An Inhospitable Neighbour - SpaceDaily  Left:  Image of the disc of dust particles around the star Tau Ceti, taken with the submillimetre-wavelength camera SCUBA. The false colours show the brightness of the disc. Its diameter is slightly larger than the Solar System. Credit: James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.  UK astronomers studying the Tau Ceti system have discovered that it contains ten times as much material in the form of asteroids and comets as our own solar system. Their discovery, suggests that even though Tau Ceti is the nearest Sun-like star, any planets that may orbit it would not support life as we know it due to the inevitable large number of devastating collisions. 

All But A Small Fortune - SpaceDaily  In the Mojave Desert, next door to Scaled Composites (bert Rutan), with its $20 million in funding from Paul Allen, Roderick and Randa millirons have established their own program to develop a space launch capability. The Millirons, who have been toiling in Mojave for eight years, experimenting with various rocket motors and other systems, so far have raised roughly $500,000, which Randa calls, insignificant, as far as a space launch program goes. They are looking for a relatively modest $4 million to complete their sub-orbital program, which is built around a reusable, single-stage, ocean-launched vehicle called the Solaris X.





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