9/24/2004:

Intermediate Word:  phlebitis  (a) extensively flea-bitten  (b) inflammation of blood vessel linings  (c) irritation of nasal passages  (d) intense itch
Difficult Word: - infundibulum  (a) funnel-shaped body part  (b) the derriere  (c) basic principle  (d) cornerstone

Dense Matters: Astronomers Peek Inside Neutron Star - Space.com  The astronomers used a relationship between their star's spin rate -- 45 rps -- and its Doppler shift to determine its radius. The result, they say, is a detailed description of the state of matter where material is packed so tightly the neutrons swirl about in a frictionless superfluid. But the star is apparently not yet compressed to the point that its neutrons are smashed and their quarks -- even tinier subentities -- liberated into a so-called quark star. 
Now Boarding: Zero G Flights for the Public - Space.com  Tickets are on sale for around $3,000. A specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft, called G-Force One, will be used during a nationwide tour Sept. 14-24. "We kick off a two-week tour with Zero-G flights in New York City, Los Angeles, Reno, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Florida," Peter Diamandis, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the company, told SPACE.com. The parabolic flight patterns temporarily create weightlessness for several seconds on each of several passes.

Watching The Stars From Antarctica's Dome C - SpaceDaily  Left:  Dome C is 400 m higher than the South Pole and further inland from the coast. Being a "dome" - a local maximum in the elevation of the terrain - it experiences much lower peak and average wind speeds, which has a profound beneficial effect on the performance of astronomical instruments.  A small unmanned observatory high on the Antarctic plateau provides the best star-viewing site on Earth, according to research published today in Nature. "It represents arguably the most dramatic breakthrough in the potential for ground-based optical astronomy since the invention of the telescope," says University of New South Wales Associate Professor Michael Ashley, who co-authored the Nature paper.  





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