7/4/2005:

Intermediate Word:  disparage -  (a) isolate  (b) low cabinet  (c) unable to completely cover  (d) belittle
Difficult Word: - galimatis  (a) turpentine  (b) a pharmacist's small earthenware pot  (c) flattery  (d) gibberish

Cassini Probe Spies Lake-Like Feature on Titan - Space.com  You might have thought Saturn's moon Titan was a somewhat dead issue after the Cassini spacecraft did not find convincing evidence for methane seas that scientists had predicted would exist. But the smoggy moon is back in the news today as a new Cassini image reveals a dark feature that scientists speculate might be a lake. "I'd say this is definitely the best candidate we've seen so far for a liquid hydrocarbon lake on Titan."
UA Set To Cast First Mirror For World's Largest Telescope In July - SpaceDaily  The University of Arizona's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab is pre-firing its huge spinning furnace and inspecting tons of glass for casting a first 8.4-meter (27-foot) diameter mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The casting is scheduled for Saturday, July 23.  The completed GMT telescope primary mirror will consist of six 8.4-meter off-axis mirrors surrounding a seventh, on-axis central mirror. This arrangement will give the GMT four-and-one-half times the collecting area of any current optical telescope and the resolving power of a 25.6-meter (84-foot) diameter telescope, or 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. The GMT is slated for completion in 2016 at a site in northern Chile. "This is a new epoch for astronomy," Richard Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution, said.        

Nanoantennas Superfocus Light - SpaceDaily   Antennas made of gold strips only nanometers wide can focus light far more precisely than any existing lens, experts told UPI's Nano World. The nanoantennas could lead to advanced optical telecommunications systems, microscopes that can image proteins, secure computer networks that can instantly detect eavesdroppers, and more efficient optical data-storage devices. Conventional lenses at best can focus to a spot roughly half as wide as the wavelength of light used to view an object. This means a microscope using visible light, which has a wavelength in the range of 400 nanometers to 800 nanometers, can focus only to roughly 200 nanometers. The nanoantennas, however, can achieve 50 times better resolution. "This could really extend the resolution limit of optical microscopy. It could make proteins visible." 




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