1/14/2005:

Intermediate Word:  flack -  (a) flack  (b) loose pair of trousers  (c) reporter  (d) gumshoe
Difficult Word: - tartare  (a) pertaining to the Russian steppes  (b) steak mixed with raw egg, onion and seasoning  (c) of Cossack extraction  (d) Mongolian stew 
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US West Coast Tsunami Dangers - SpaceDaily  The type of devastating tsunami that struck the southern coast of Asia is entirely possible in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, but might not cause as much loss of life there because of better warning systems, according to experts at Oregon State University. As the death tolls rises into the tens of thousands in Asia and the number of homeless above one million, OSU experts say many of the same forces that caused this disaster are at work elsewhere on the Pacific Ocean "ring of fire," one of the most active tectonic and volcanic regions of the world. This clearly includes the West Coast of the U.S. and particularly the Pacific Northwest.    
Researchers Discover Humans Are Of A 'Privileged' Evolutionary Lineage - SpaceDaily  Left:  'Generally speaking, the higher up the evolutionary tree, the bigger and more complex the brain becomes (after scaling to body size). But this moderate trend became a huge leap during human evolution. The human brain (pictured) is exceptionally larger and more complex than the brains of nonhuman primates, including man's closest relative, the chimpanzee.'  "Humans evolved their cognitive abilities not due to a few accidental mutations, but rather, from an enormous number of mutations acquired though exceptionally intense selection favoring more complex cognitive abilities," said lead scientist Bruce Lahn, an assistant professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago.  

High-Flying Observatory Reveals Land Changing To Desert - SpaceDaily  Left:  This image shows how spectral data, information contained in reflected light, obtained from the NASA Airborne Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) is organized into "data cubes." It also shows what the reflecting light reveals as the sensor collects data from the canopy to the soil. The different types of vegetation are grasslands, transition areas, and desert shrublands in the Northern Chihuahua region of New Mexico. Image courtesy: Global Change Biology.  The study, to be published in the January 2005 issue of Global Change Biology, is a milestone both for the new methods employed and for understanding what is happening as agricultural and grazing lands change into desert--a top environmental worry of the United Nations.




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