8/18/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
velleity
  (a) wish without action  (b) pliability  (c) leniancy  (d) borne helplessly along by events
Difficult Word: - courant   (a) courier  (b) in fashion  (c) French dance  (d) simultaneous

Universities Plan World's Largest Telescope   - Space.com  Scientists say that the proposed $400 million Giant Magellan Telescope would collect 70 times more light than NASA's successful Hubble Space Telescope and could produce images that are 10 times sharper. The new scope could be placed atop the Andes Mountains in Chile as early as 2015, permitting scientists to view the earliest formation of planets and galaxies. The telescope's light-collecting area would be twice the diameter of the largest current telescopes.
NASA Device Is All About Heart - SpaceDaily  Left:  The MicroMed DeBakey VAD functions as a "bridge to heart transplant" by pumping blood throughout the body to keep critically ill patients alive until a donor heart is available.  Patients using the DeBakey VAD will have the device installed inside of their chests and wear an external battery pack to power the pump. Credit: NASA  Congestive heart failure occurs when the left side of the heart has difficulty pumping oxygen-rich blood to the body. To help itself, the heart raises the pumping pressure in an effort to increase circulation. Patients begin to have trouble with breathing, dizziness and experience other dangerous symptoms. The team's solution came in the form of the MicroMed DeBakey VAD, a tiny 1- by -3 inch, battery-powered heart pump. The VAD is surgically implanted into the chest of the patient and powered by a battery worn outside of the body. 

Mid-Atlantic Study Yields Trove Of New Species, Insights And Questions - SpaceDaily  Exploring life in the mid-Atlantic at various depths down to 4 km (2.5 miles), 60 scientists from 13 countries on a two-month expedition have surfaced a wealth of new information and insights, stunning images and marine life specimens, several thought to be species never before known to science. Among the scientists' discoveries and interests: The unexpected diversity of animal communities in mid-water and along the bottom in a major section of the global system of mid-oceanic ridges. Thus far recorded, using an arsenal of methods and technologies: about 300 fish species, 50 squids and octopods, and an unknown number of planktonic species yet to be identified; A new deep-sea mystery in the form of burrows left by an animal at 2000 meters on a seamount north of the Azores.





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