9/30/2005:

Intermediate Word:  carnal (a) sensual  (b) pertaining to meat  (c) avaricious  (d) international
Difficult Word: - equipollance  (a) equivalence  (b) fairness  (c) equestrian proficiency  (d) parallel alignment

Diamond-Nanotube Composites - SpaceDaily  "There was this kind of 'what if,'" said researcher John Carlisle, a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. "What if you could integrate the strongest material known with the hardest known material? Would the sum of the parts be not only hard and tough, but maybe have other capabilities you wouldn't predict?" The hybrid material could make for coatings as hard and low friction as diamond while less brittle. The composites might also find use in flat panel displays: The diamond may keep the carbon nanotubes from unraveling as they do normally when scientists attempted to make displays made from nanotubes alone. And the diamond-carbon nanotube material could also find use in bioweapons detectors, with nanotubes bound to biomolecules acting as the sensor elements and the diamond behaving as an exquisitely sensitive electrode.    
New angle on 3D  - C/Net  If you need to view aerial photographs in 3D and have $3,995, Planar Systems has the monitor for you. The company's SD1710 consists of two monitors placed at a 110-degree angle separated by a piece of polarized glass. The glass lets the image from the bottom monitor pass through and it reflects the image from the top monitor. A person wearing special glasses gets an accurate, three-dimensional representation of digital photographs without the jagged edges, blurriness or other visual artifacts that can occur with competing technologies, according to the company. Unlike other recent 3D monitors, such as the ones from Sharp, the Planar system requires glasses. Systems that don't require glasses force a person to keep his or her head a specific distance away from the monitor. Glasses essentially give the person greater freedom of movement. Planar's system also gets rid of the nauseating screen flicker common with CRT-based stereoscopic monitors, the company claims. The effect leads to a composite 3D image, but it can give people headaches.

Flying reptiles just got bigger  - BBC  New discoveries in the Americas suggest some had wingspans of 18m (60ft). "Their skeletons were exceedingly light: their bones were very thin and hollow, and those hollows were filled with an air-sack system. They'd also got rid of their reptilian scales and their wing membrane was very, very thin. Pterosaur trackways recently found in Mexico suggest the animals could achieve a wingspan of 18m. There are also Romanian and Brazilian fossils from creatures that reached 13 or 14m (42-45ft) across. Compare this to today's biggest flying bird, the wandering albatross, which has a wingspan of about 3.5m (11.5ft).   




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