9/11/2004:

Intermediate Word:  malinger  (a) to loiter with unlawful intent  (b) to pretend to be sick  (c) to criticize behind someone's back  (d) to arrive significantly late
Difficult Word: - res adjudicata  (a) regarding a given legal case  (b) the right to plead a case in court  (c) The referral by a higher court back to a lower court  (d) an adjudicated legal precedent

Choices In The Quantum Universe - SpaceDaily  Left:  The Planck Satellite. The cosmic microwave background is polarized - the photons have preferred "orientations" at different parts of the sky - and that polarization contains information about gravity waves that rattled around the universe since a tiny fraction of a second after the big bang. The Planck satellite or its successors should be able to extract that information Credit: European Space Agency  Drell chaired a group of particle physicists charged with authoring the Quantum Universe report. Their 58-page analysis focuses on nine fundamental questions in response to a request by two major research funding agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Their conclusion answering such fundamental questions requires new knowledge from particle physics. "Quantum Universe makes it clear: These new discoveries are our problem," Drell said. In response, the committee singled out nine crucial questions.
‘Mystery Cloud’ Appears Over Eastern U.S. And Canada - Space.com  From the North Fork of Long Island, Bill Bogardus and his wife were out observing when they took note of the cloud " ... about the size of the moon" in the northwest sky.  "It was a roundish, yet not all that round, object drifting towards our location very slowly, slower that most satellites because it took at least twenty minutes to move from where we first saw it to pretty much our zenith." It was, in reality, a fuel dump of the Centaur stage involved in the NRO-1 satellite launch.  

Farming For The Future - SpaceDaily  Left:  Arabidopsis plants appear purple under red and green light produced by light-emitting diodes. Scientists are studying plant growth under various light conditions. Credit: NASA/KSC   Inside closed plant growth chambers at KSC, radishes, lettuce and green onions grow "hydroponically" in nutrient-enriched fluid. Light, temperature and carbon dioxide levels are carefully controlled. Scientists are comparing how plant species grow together in "mixed cultures" versus by themselves in "monocultures." Why would this matter? First, some plants give off chemical compounds that can poison their neighbors, clearing the way for the aggressive plant to spread.





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