8/9/2005:

Intermediate Word:  doss(a) grubstake  (b) cheap rooming house  (c) personal belongings  (d) compensation for one's work
Difficult Word: - ides  (a) middle of month  (b) stripes on hull of ship showing weight of cargo  (c) equinox  (d) solstice

Before & After: Rare Glimpse at Exploding Star - Space.com  When a supernova in the Whirlpool galaxy was spotted in late June, plans were made to point Hubble that way. An image of the exploded star was made July 11. In a Hubble archive image of the Whirlpool galaxy taken in January, astronomers were able to find the supernova's progenitor star in the same location. Astronomers can now say the star was a red supergiant with a mass seven to 10 times that of the Sun.    
Spectrum Of UB313 Points To Pluto-Like Surface - SpaceDaily  Left:  Figure 2: 2003 UB313 spectrum (red, obtained at Gemini Observatory by Trujillo, Brown and Rabinowitz) and Pluto (black, from Rudy et al. 2003). The "dips" characteristic of methane ice are indicated by red arrows and are present in both 2003 UB313 and Pluto.  The discovery team (Mike Brown of Caltech, Chad Trujillo of Gemini and David Rabinowitz of Yale) are still uncertain of the exact size of the body, but report that it must be Pluto-sized or larger. The body is the most distant solar system body known to orbit the sun at 97 AU from the sun, over 3 times farther away than planet Pluto. The NIRI spectra shows strong signatures of methane ice, remarkably similar to the spectrum of Pluto, which is also dominated by methane ice in near-infrared observations. Trujillo states, "We still do not know much about this object, however, it is clear that it is very similar to Pluto in both size and composition, at least upon first glance."

Super magnet has lots of pull - MSNBC  Left:  The new super magnet at The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory weighs more than 15 tons.  This definitely ain't no refrigerator magnet. The new super magnet at The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory weighs more than 15 tons and has a magnetic field 420,000 times that of the Earth's -- strong enough to pull a metal object out of a person's hand and send it flying -- if people were allowed to get close enough. The laboratory -- one of only nine high magnetic field labs in the world -- unveiled the new magnet, 13 years in development, on Thursday. While the use of magnetic fields may not attract the interest of the average person, the new device is a major breakthrough that's exciting the scientific community and could lead to major advances in medicine, materials research and basic understanding of nature. It's not as powerful as another magnet already in operation at the lab, but one thing that has scientists positively charged about the new one is the size of the chamber in which objects are placed to be exposed to the magnetic field. As things go, it may seem small -- just over four inches wide. But as magnets go, that's enormous -- about twice the size of the sample chamber of a standard magnet. The $16 million magnet also is more advanced in the stability of the magnetic field.  




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