7/18/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
licentious
  (a) officially authorized  (b) one who only loosely follows regulations  (c) delapidated-looking  (d) lacking moral restraint
Difficult Word: - aquilegia  (a) eagle standard of a Roman legion  (b) columbine  (c) suppression of feeling for hot and cold  (d) a water color painting done in pastels

Early Galaxies Grew Up Too Fast - Space.com   A pair of new studies shows that galaxies in the early universe matured more quickly than theorists expected, suggesting the conventional model of galaxy formation needs some serious tweaking. Scientists have long held that large galaxies like our Milky Way formed as smaller collections of stars merged. The process should take several billion years, and in fact observations show it continues today as our galaxy is still swallowing smaller neighbors.
Monkeys master 'mind control'  - Nature  Machines that can be controlled by the mind have moved a step closer to reality. Researchers have trained monkeys to 'think' a cursor around a computer screen to reveal their preferences and goals. It is hoped the technology will lead to devices that can display the thoughts of paralysed people who are unable to communicate through speech or sign. It could also aid the development of artificial limbs and robots that are operated by the brain alone. In the past couple of years, researchers have already developed chips that recognise brain signals for movement and convert them into action. Monkeys fitted with the devices have been trained to move cursors around monitors. Such devices translate signals from the brain's motor cortex, the region that directs physical movement. But now Richard Andersen from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and colleagues have decoded signals from a different region, the parietal cortex, which helps us plan our actions.

Standard Model Upended With Discovery Of Neutrino Oscillation, Mass - SpaceDaily  A team of nearly 100 physicists from around the world have achieved results verifying that the elementary particle known as the neutrino exhibits a distinctive pattern of oscillation. This discovery shows that it is likely that the Standard Model, proposed in the 1970s to describe the fundamental forces and particles that make up all matter, is incomplete. The findings provide the needed confirmation to their previous discovery of neutrino oscillation and give the most precise measurement yet of neutrino mass. "These findings show that the Standard Model needs to be modified... "





7/17/2004 Daily Page
7/16/2004 Daily Page
7/15/2004 Daily Page
7/14/2004 Daily Page
7/13/2004 Daily Page
7/12/2004 Daily Page
7/11/2004 Daily Page