1/28/2005:

Intermediate Word:  metatarsus (a) passageway between the choir robing room and the choir loft (b k  (c) five bones that form the arch of the foot  (d) roofed walkway over water
Difficult Word: Louis Seize -  (a)
  the ruinous tax policy of the French Kings  (b) Louis Seize  (c) an 18th-century highboy  (d) a French gold coin

Asteroid Collision Fueled Ancient Dust Storm on Earth - Space.com  The thinking is that the space rocks were once part of a larger asteroid, some 100 miles (160 kilometers) wide, that broke up possibly in a collision  out in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The drama took place 8.2 million years ago. That much has been reasoned before. The event would have created vast amounts of dust, some of which would have beenscooped up  by our planet.  "It's one of the biggest dust events of the last 80 million years."      
Study Suggests Why Neanderthals Vanished - SpaceDaily  A multi-university study argues the disappearance of Neanderthals was not due to competition from modern humans, as is widely believed. Anthropologists from Harvard University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Haifa and Hebrew University argue the hunting practices of Neanderthals and early modern humans were largely indistinguishable. The researchers used archaeological data from a Middle- and Upper-Paleolithic rock shelter in the Georgian Republic dated to 60,000-20,000 years ago to contest some prior models of the perceived behavioral and cognitive differences between Neanderthals and modern humans. The researchers suggest social developments that led to more routine use of distant resources, and a more extensive division of labor, might better explain the disappearance of Neanderthals than simply their hunting practices.   

Shanghai Boosts Local Space Industry - SpaceDaily  Construction of a space science park started in Shanghai on Sunday with the signing of a strategic cooperation framework agreement between the municipal government and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Co. The science park, with a total investment of 5.5 billion yuan (679 million U.S. dollars), will be built as a base for research and development, industrial production and popularization of space knowledge, said an official with the municipal government. "In an effort to promote innovation, Shanghai will strive to build an independent system for the research, testing and manufacturing of aerospace products."   




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