1/17/2005:

Intermediate Word:  ullage (a) inability to stick by a decision  (b liquid lost during storage  (c) scraps of fabric included for mending  (d) lagniappe
Difficult Word: -euglena - (a)
tailor's chalk marker  (b) fragrant perfume base  (c) half-plant, half-animal protozoan  (d) holy-water shaker carried by Druid priest 

Chinese Growth Could Be Fatal For Earth - SpaceDaily  The pace of China's economic growth poses a dire threat for the planet unless Beijing and other industrial countries change their outdated model of production and consumption, an environmental activist warned. As China surpasses the United States in the consumption of most basic resources, economists must grasp the need to restructure the "old economy," said Brown during a presentation on his new book, "Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble." China already consumes almost twice as much meat as the United States (67 million tons compared to 39 million tons), and more than twice as much steel (258 million tons compared to 104 million tons), Brown said, citing figures compiled by his institute. "There go the world's forests," he said.   
Long-lost Phoenician ports found  - Nature  Thanks to political tensions easing in Lebanon, archaeologists have finally managed to locate the sites of ancient Phoenician harbours in the seaports that dominated Mediterranean trade thousands of years ago. The modern cities of Tyre and Sidon on the Lebanese coast were once the major launching points of the seafaring Phoenicians. They were to the ancient world what Venice, Shanghai, Liverpool and New York have been in later times: some of the greatest of the world's ports, and crucial conduits for trade and cultural exchange. From the harbours of the Phoenician cities, ships carried precious dyes and textiles, soda and glass throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. Tyre, which was once an island, has been joined up to the mainland by silting

Strong Magnetism Creates 2D Superconductivity - SpaceDaily  A University of Arizona physicist recently showed that it should be possible to restrict electrons to two dimensions in space by placing conducting materials within strong magnetic fields. The fundamental discovery is important because it says that superconductivity is stable in this strongly magnetic environment. "My work may definitely lead to superconductivity that survives at ultra-strong magnetic fields because superconductivity is not destroyed by currents in the two-dimensional world. Two-dimensional superconductivity will be stable at extremely high currents and magnetic fields," he said.     




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