1/10/2005:

Intermediate Word:  larboard -  (a) port side  (b) drip board behind eaves trough  (c) board framing a window  (d) on board
Difficult Word: - je ne sois quoi  (a) "The more things change, the more they remain the dame"  (b) "You don't say!"  (c) "It couldn't be said better."  (d) "Difficult to describe"
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Al-Qaida's Nuclear Ambitions Said Unattainable - SpaceDaily  Left:  Aerial file photo of a bomb factory in Pakaistan. Although such enormous difficulties make it unlikely for al-Qaida to make a nuclear bomb, the Congressional Research Service recently warned that terrorists could obtain HEU from the more than 130 research reactors worldwide. Greatest concern as potential sources of weapons or fissile material are widely thought to be Russia and Pakistan, the congressional report said.  Although Osama bin Laden has received the blessing of a Saudi cleric to acquire nuclear weapons, it will be difficult for al-Qaida to put together a useable device, says an article published in The Washington Post Wednesday. For bin Laden, the religious ruling was a milestone in a long quest for an atomic weapon. For U.S. officials and others, it was a frightening reminder of what many consider the ultimate mass-casualty threat posed by modern terrorists, says the article. 
100% Of Rural America Now Has Access to Broadband Internet Service - SpaceDaily  Left:  "Literally 100% of the continental U.S. now can get access to a broadband Internet service with download speeds as high as 1,000 kbps and upload speeds over 100 kbps through high-speed, two-way satellite connectivity, plus it can be installed and in service in as little as 10 business days": President Kip Pendleton AgriStar Global Networks.  AgriStar's high-speed satellite Internet service extends to any location in the continental United States with a clear view of the southern sky. "Satellite delivery is an ideal way to connect rural areas because it is distance insensitive," Pendleton said. The impact to Rural America from broadband can be huge. 

Antarctic May Have Iced Over When Atmosphere Changed - SpaceDaily  Left:  This image, based on newly obtained core samples from the ocean floor near Australia and Antarctica, shows a revised conception of current flow past those continents around 33 million years ago. At that time, the continents were just beginning to drift apart, and scientists have theorized that a warm-water current flowing southward along the Australian coast reached Antarctica, keeping that continent largely ice-free. But fossil plankton in the core samples indicate that a cold current flowed past Antarctica for about two million years before the continent developed its mile-thick ice cap, suggesting that the ice formed as a result of some other mechanism possibly a variation in greenhouse gases in the ancient atmosphere (Purdue University graphic/Huber laboratory).  




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