1/12/2005:

Intermediate Word:  homunculus -  (a) "long sound" mark over a vowel  (b) afreet  (c) mixed thoroughly  (d) little man
Difficult Word: - Maecenus  (a) Roman general executed as possible rival by the Emperor  (b) famous Roman sculptor  (c) generous patron of the arts  (d) geographer known for "line of Maecenus"
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Parachuting Into Titan - SpaceDaily  Left:  An artists' concept of Huygens floating in a liquid methane sea. On Jan. 14, 2005, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe will descend to the surface of Saturn's largest moon.  Two hours. That's how long it will take the European Space Agency's Huygens probe to parachute to the surface of Titan on January 14th. Descending through thick orange clouds, Huygens will taste Titan's atmosphere, measure its wind and rain, listen for alien sounds and, when the clouds part, start taking pictures. No one knows what the photos will reveal. Icy mountains? Liquid methane seas? Hot lightning? "It's anyone's guess," says Jonathan Lunine, a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona and a member of the Huygens science team. "We might not even understand what we see, not immediately." Such is Titan - the biggest mystery in the solar system.
The State Of Weapons Proliferation In 2004 - SpaceDaily  Part 1 - Nuclear. During the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign both President George Bush and his opponent, Senator John Kerry, said nuclear proliferation is the single greatest global threat. The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France - all possess nuclear weapons. India, Pakistan and Israel have them as well. The devastating results of chemical weapons use were first seen during World War One, when Germany used poisonous chlorine gas against opposing forces in the trenches, destroying their respiratory systems on contact.     

Satellite Images Boosting Asian Tsunami Aid Efforts - SpaceDaily   Left:  Ikonos images of Indonesia Aceh. Full size and official release caption - click here, or visit Consolidated Imagery service. Tsunami in Southern Asia, Tsunami in Sri Lanka, Tsunami Indonesia & Thailand  Satellites are playing a key role in helping rescue and reconstruction efforts in the Indian Ocean, beaming down images from space of areas worst-affected by the earthquake and tidal waves.The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is assisting U.S. government agencies in their effort to assess the extent and scope of damage caused by the December 26th tsunami in the Indian Ocean.




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