1/20/2004:

Intermediate Word:  ungulate  (a) a ruminant  (b) wavy  (c) flanged  (d) hooved
Difficult Word: - sortilege -  a) the process of sorting  (b) foretelling the future by drawing lots  (c) setting up a taxonomy  (d) failure to adhere to religious doctrine

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San Andreas Fault
Quakes Along Central San Andreas Fault Peak Every Three-Years - SpaceDaily  Left:  The San Andreas Fault dominates the geography of California   Medium to large earthquakes occurring along the central San Andreas Fault appear to cluster at regular three-year intervals - a previously unnoticed cycle that provides some hope for forecasting larger quakes along this and other California faults. The scientists found that the frequency of these repeating microquakes along the fault segment rises and falls over a three-year period, and that moderate to large earthquakes are six to seven times more likely to occur at the upswing of this cycle. "Larger earthquakes along the northern portion of the central San Andreas occur preferentially when the pulse starts up," said Robert Nadeau, an assistant research geophysicist at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory.  .
Two young orang   WWF Orang-utans 'may die out by 2025' - BBC  Left: Busy being rehabilitated.  The orang-utan, Asia's "wild man of the forests", could disappear in just 20 years, a campaign group believes.  WWF, the global environment network, says in the last century the number of apes fell by 91% in Borneo and Sumatra. Globally, it says, there were thought to be somewhere between 45,000 and 60,000 orang-utans as recently as 1987. But by 2001 that number had fallen by virtually half, to an estimated 25,000- 30,000 of the animals, more than half of them living outside protected areas. The apes, restricted to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, are regarded as two species, the Bornean (Pongo pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orang-utan (Pongo abelii). The Sumatran animal is classified as critically endangered, with possibly no more than 9,000 specimens. WWF says: "This is caused by commercial logging, and clearance for oil palm plantations and agriculture. Almost 80% of all forests in Malaysia and Indonesia have now been logged. "The apes are also threatened by hunting and poaching for the bushmeat and pet trade, and by forest fires.

Exobiology


Astrobiologist Helps NASA Search For Life On Other Planets - SpaceDaily  One of the tough parts about finding life on other planets is knowing where to look. A University of Arizona researcher has made a list of 17,000 stars that might be orbited by habitable planets. Starting in 2015, NASA's Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) will look at the top 30 stars from her list. "As soon as one discovers that our sun, which makes life and our civilization on Earth possible, is one of hundreds of billions of suns in the galaxy, the very next question is: Does that mean there are other living planets and civilizations in the galaxy, too?" Turnbull said.

 



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