1/11/2005:

Intermediate Word:  insouciance -  (a) blithe lack of concern  (b) rebelliousness  (c) stupidity  (d) inability to say "no"
Difficult Word: - ictus  (a) sphincter controlling the flow of bile  (b) involuntary recoil  (c) sudden attack  (d) gauche gesture or pantomime
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Analysis: Tsunami Tragedy Was Inevitable - SpaceDaily  Left:  Digital Globe satellite image set of Banda Aceh that bore the brunt of the tsunamis unleashed by the Sumatra-Andaman Islands earthquake December 26, 2004. The upper image was taken June 23, 2004, and the lower image was taken after the Tsunamis had hit Dec 30, 2004.   The problem is tsunamis are so rare in that part of the world there has been no sense of urgency to install a sensor array or establish a warning network. Even Thailand, which participates in the Pacific network, operates ocean buoys that can detect tsunamis only off its eastern coast in the Gulf of Thailand. The last time a tsunami struck the Indian Ocean was in 1883, when the Krakatoa volcano exploded in Indonesia. Along with obliterating the mountain and its surrounding island, the event generated a series of large tsunamis, some reaching a height of more than 120 feet. the Indian Ocean basin nations apparently lacked the sense of urgency felt by the Pacific Rim countries.
Analysis: US-Russia Teamwork Unraveling - SpaceDaily  Russia's announcement this week that U.S. astronauts will get no more free rides on Russian rockets to the International Space Station was not motivated by cash concerns alone: It reflects the beginning of what is likely to be a rapid and alarming freeze in U.S.-Russian relations. From 2006, we will put U.S. astronauts into orbit only on a commercial basis, Anatoly Perminov, head of Russia's Federal Space Agency announced Tuesday. Ever since the American Columbia Space Shuttle disintegrated in flames during reentry over Palestine, Texas, two years ago, Russia's reliable, old Soyuz-booster systems have been the only way U.S. astronauts could reach the $95 billion International Space Station.  America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration with its $16 billion or more a year budget -- handsomely protected by President George W. Bush despite the agency's miserable record in safety and manned exploration in recent years -- had to rely upon the Russian space program even though it could only operate on less than 10 percent of the budgetary resources of the American one. Today, Putin is said to be fuming in the Kremlin at the defeat of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych 

India-Malaysia To Develop A Satellite Neighbourhood For Asia-Pacific - SpaceDaily  Left:  MEASAT's C band beam. The JV Co will leverage capacity from both the high powered Indian and Malaysian, MEASAT, satellite fleets to provide commercial satellite services across the wider Asia-Pacific region.  By pooling agreed capacity from these neighbouring satellites in the strategically located orbital slots of 93.5 degree East longitude and 91.5 degree East longitude, the JV Co will be able to provide C-band satellite services to over 70 percent of the world's population, and Direct-to-Home (DTH) quality Ku-band satellite services to over 160 million TV households across South Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Indo-China.




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