8/7/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
mandamus
  (a) man-servant  (b) scribe  (c) directive from a higher court  (d) large raincoat
Difficult Word: - argil   (a) clay  (b) diamond-shaped pattern  (c) sheath for short sword  (d) narrow sluice

NSF Builds 21 Tesla Superconducting Magnet - SpaceDaily  Left: The magnet is a concentric assembly of ten superconducting coils connected in series and operated at 1.7 K (-456.6 Fahrenheit). Each coil is wound with a monolithic superconductor, composed of either niobium-tin or niobium-titanium filaments in a copper matrix.  The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida, has achieved another world record in magnet development with the successful testing of its 21.1 Tesla, superconducting, ultra-wide bore, NMR magnet. The magnet reached full field on July 21, 2004, and will remain at field for years - and even decades - to come. The product of this 13-year effort stands 16 feet tall, weighs over 30,000 pounds, and has a stored energy of 40 megajoules. No other magnet in the world can produce 21.1 Tesla for NMR and MRI science in a 105 mm warm bore.
Sending A Messenger To Mercury - SpaceDaily  Left: Messenger will enter Mercury's orbit in March 2011. Messenger (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) carries seven scientific instruments that will provide images of the entire planet, as well as information on the composition of Mercury's crust, core, and polar materials, its geologic history, and the nature of its thin atmosphere and active magnetosphere. The sun is 11 times hotter at Mercury than it is at Earth. "The outside of the sunshade will get as hot as a pizza oven, while the rest of the spacecraft will remain at nearly room temperature," says James Leary, mission systems engineer.   

Bush Stands By Space Plan - SpaceDaily  President George W. Bush's new space exploration plan has received a burst of hard-core support in Congress, aimed at blocking any attempt to cut its funding, and backed up by a rare veto threat from the president himself. Bush had sought an FY 2005 NASA budget of $16.2 billion, a $866 million increase over the current year. The subcommittee, however, approved a NASA budget of $15.149 billion. That amount would not only slash the entire increase the administration had requested, but also would cut NASA to $229 million below the FY 2004 amount. Every element of the new space exploration plan was cut, as were all other programs related to it. 





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