1/15/2005:

Intermediate Word:  prescient (a) impressive  (b pushy  (c) foreseeing events before they occur  (d) having an expanded span of control
Difficult Word: -arenaceous - (a)
sebaceous  (b) flat and open  (c) privately-owned  (d) sandy

Taikonauts On Moon A Far Off Dream For China Yet - SpaceDaily   A one-year lunar fly-by mission may start in April 2007 in China, but a manned flight to the Earth's neighbour may be a long way away, a chief lunar exploration scientist said last night. But the country is planning to develop even more powerful rockets in the future, he added. With project funds of only 1.4 billion yuan (US$173 million), just enough to build 14-kilometre top-grade highway in some regions, scientists have tried to utilize the country's tested space technology for the programme, he said. the spacecraft that will orbit the Moon, will be based on China's Dongfanghong III satellite platform and its launcher, Long March 3-A rocket, both are tried and tested products, he said. This mission will be followed by the landing of an unmanned vehicle on the Moon in the second stage by 2010, and collecting samples of lunar soil with an unmanned vehicle by 2020, according to earlier reports. The thrust of our rockets at present is not strong enough," Luan Enjie, commander-in-chief of the country's lunar exploration programme, said jokingly.
Microbes Survive Firey Plunge By Columbia - SpaceDaily  On board the Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107, researchers were studying the growth and reproductive behavior of the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, but the mission ended in tragedy in 2003 when the shuttle broke up during reentry. Remarkably, the worms, housed in specially designed canisters, survived the virtually unprotected reentry into the Earth's atmosphere and were recovered alive during the extensive recovery effort following the crash. "This is a very exciting result. It's the first demonstration that animals can survive a reentry event similar to what would be experienced inside a meteorite.    

Tomato Trek Yields Chilean Treasure - Science Daily  Tomorrow, superb tomatoes for full-bodied soups or perhaps for salads of crisp greens may owe some of their pedigree to the rarest of Chile's wild tomatoes. The Chilean specimens of Lycopersicon chilense, L. peruvianum, Solanum sitiens, and S. lycopersicoides that the scientists collected as seed bear bright-yellow or yellow-white flowers. The hardy plants may harbor valuable genes not found in other Chilean specimens at Davis. Those genes may enrich the nutritional value of tomorrow's supermarket and backyard garden tomatoes, L. esculentum, or perhaps boost resistance to its formidable insect and disease enemies. Now, at Davis, plants are being grown from the wild tomato seed.   




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