Intermediate Word:  jeroboam -  (a) kangaroo rat  (b) lengthy diatribe  (c) scroll  (d) 4/5ths-quart wine bottle
Difficult Word: - varve  (a) a type of pupa  (b) flair  (c) annual sedimentary layer  (d) land, surmounted by a fairing  

Biggest Space Explosion Creates Giant Bubbles - Space.com  The largest explosion ever seen in space reveals black holes to be more influential than expected, perhaps sometimes stifling star formation in a galaxy while gobbling up trillions upon trillions of tons of gas. The eruption has been ongoing for some 100 million years, astronomers said Wednesday. The outburst is orchestrated by a supermassive black hole that anchors a distant galaxy sitting amid a tight cluster of galaxies.
The Bear's Lair: Zero Growth Is Too High - SpaceDaily  Left:  Could a zero-growth population policy be enforced and exchanged for preferential trading status?  The Indian Ocean tsunami tragedy, and its 150,000 casualties, reminds us fortunate Westerners that too many of the world's people live in places and conditions that we would consider intolerable. The problem is not the world economy, it's world population, which has doubled in the last 50 years. The Zero Population Growth campaign of the 1970s was misguided in one respect: zero growth is too high, we need a reduction! With a world population of 6.4 billion and rising, concentrations of huge numbers of people in unsafe and squalid conditions are inevitable. With the United Nations forecasting world population increasing to 9.1 billion in 2050, almost all of the increase coming in poor countries, this problem is only going to get worse.     

Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Demand To Reach 4.5 Million Units in 2013 - SpaceDaily  Worldwide demand for light hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) is forecast to advance rapidly, reaching 4.5 million units in 2013. HEVs are expected to represent over six percent of world light vehicle demand that year due to two primary stimulants: rising energy costs and increased emissions regulations. Cost disparities between HEVs and conventional light vehicles - currently estimated at between $600 and $4,000 per vehicle, depending on type of hybrid technology used - are expected to decline significantly as production volumes increase. The primary markets for HEVs are expected to be within Triad countries. 

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