9/10/2005:

Intermediate Word:  soffit (a) cruet  (b) pinnace with a staysail (c) skirt protector  (d) underside of a structural component
Difficult Word: - laissez passer  (a) laid-back  (b) inclined to "pass the buck"  (c) guarantee of free passage  (d) pass in place of a passport

Gold Bowties May Shed Light On Molecules And Other Nano-Sized Objects - SpaceDaily  "What you end up with is a very small optical spot that you could scan to make detailed images of molecules and other nano-particles," says Kino, the W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus. Because the shortest wavelength of visible light is 400 nanometers, a conventional microscope cannot resolve objects 200 nanometers or smaller. "But the bowtie antenna produces an optical spot that's 20-nanometers wide, so we're improving the resolution by a factor of 10," Kino says. Because the shortest wavelength of visible light is 400 nanometers, a conventional microscope cannot resolve objects 200 nanometers or smaller. "But the bowtie antenna produces an optical spot that's 20-nanometers wide, so we're improving the resolution by a factor of 10," Kino says.     
India Wants Capacity To Field Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles - SpaceDaily  The Deccan Herald has reported that India's Ministry of Defense, flushed with the success of its Agni medium range ballistic missile (MRBM), is pressing for the creation of a fully-fledged intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 5,400 to 7,200 miles. The ICBM would probably be a three-stage ballistic missile with solid fuel rockets in the first and second stages, and a liquid propellant rocket in the third stage. The launch weight of the missile may reach 270-275 tonnes and it is planned to have an impact error of only around 1.2 miles to 1.7 miles, MoD officials in New Delhi told the newspaper. The missile may have a 5,480-7,680 pound releasable front section with two to three warheads of 15-20 kilotons each, the officials said. The ICBM is likely to be test-fired by 2008 and is expected to be added to the Indian armed forces' deterrence arsenal by 2015.   

DARPA's 'Star Wars'-style Laser Cannon - Space.com  DARPA's HELLADS (High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System) will be light enough to fit on a fighter jet or drone aircraft, and yet powerful enough to fire a 150 kilowatt beam of energy. Star Wars laser cannon may be closer than you think. HELLADS makes use of a unique cooling technique to save weight. The high-energy laser uses a liquid that has the same angle of refraction as its mirrors.  




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