1/19/2005:

Intermediate Word:  Belial -  (a) a fallen angel who rebelled against God  (b) Phoenician god to whom human sacrifices were made  (c) the angel with the flaming sword at the entrance to Eden  (d) ancient Syrian conqueror
Difficult Word: - imago  (a) female slave  (b) mirage  (c) artist's easel  (d) narrow zigzag braid 
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New Clues Found In Ongoing Mystery Of Giant Galactic Blobs - SpaceDaily  Left:  This image composite shows a giant blob (red, left) and the three merging galaxies NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope discovered within it (yellow, right). Visible light images like the one shown on the left reveal the vast extent of blobs, but don't provide much information about their host galaxies. Using its heat-seeking infrared eyes, Spitzer reveals three monstrously bright galaxies, trillions of times brighter than the Sun, in the process of merging together. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.  "It is possible that extremely bright galactic mergers lie at the center of all the mysterious blobs, but we still don't know how they fuel the blobs themselves," said Dr. Harry Teplitz, Spitzer Science Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., co- author of the new research. Blobs were first discovered about five years ago with visible-light telescopes. They are located billions of light-years away in ancient galactic structures or filaments 
GMC Graphyte Hybrid future: Why US car makers now acknowledge global warming  - BBC  Ford unveiled a hybrid version of its Escape sports utility vehicle - an sports utility vehicle (SUV) powered by a "hybrid" engine that can switch between petrol and electricity as a fuel source, so economising on the burning of gasoline. Thad Malesh of the Automotive Technology Research Group said he expected as many as fifty hybrid models on the US market by 2010. The research firm, JD Power and Associates, sees hybrid sales of over 500,000 vehicles by 2010, or nearly 3% of the overall US market.    

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Sky surveys reveal cosmic ripples  - BBC  The unimaginably big of today has its explanation in the fantastically small of 13 billion years ago. Astronomers have shown how the present pattern of galaxies in the cosmos grew from tiny fluctuations in the density of matter just after the Big Bang. "It's an amazing new insight into how the Universe works," said Prof Carlos Frenk, of the University of Durham, UK. Now, statistical analysis of these map data has revealed how this distribution of matter has taken a particular course that was influenced by forces that were at work at the dawn of time.




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