Intermediate Word:  afflatus   (a) inspiration  (b) stigma  (c) pumped-up pride  (d) halitosis
Difficult Word: - margay  (a) spotted wildcat  (b) mixed drink  (c) corsage  (d) Bulgarian nobleman

Mars, Once Warm and Wet, Left Some Clues - Space.com  Many studies have suggested that early Mars was covered by large oceans and blanketed by a thick atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide -- the stuff that puts the bubbly zing in soda. But if that's all true, then when the oceans evaporated a lot of the carbon dioxide should have turned into what scientists call carbonates, which should be strewn all over the place. Problem is, the carbonates aren't there. One recent study found trace amounts in Martian dust.  
Space Elevator Now Subject Of Research By Cadets At USAF Academy - SpaceDaily  Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) are doing research on the space elevator, one of the latest scientific concepts to emerge for sending cargo into space. The research is being conducted as part of USAFA's senior-level independent study program in the department of Astronautics and may be extended to other academic departments in the near future. The research is being supported by LiftPort Group, the Bremerton, Wash. company formed to build the first commercial elevator to space. LiftPort Group is providing USAFA with a list of proposed research topics on the space elevator. Cadets participating in the research program can select the topic of their choice, which they develop into a paper for presentation at the end of the one semester course.

Antarctic Glaciers Accelerating In Response To 2002 Ice Sheet Collapse - SpaceDaily  University of Colorado at Boulder and a related study by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Landsat 7 satellite images taken before, during and after the break-up of the Larsen B ice shelf in March 2002 show that several of the glaciers are now moving at up to five times their previous speed. Other satellite data show that the glaciers also have thinned significantly since the disintegration of the Larsen B, he said. The recent events underscore the potential for sea-level rise as a result of climate warming over the Earth's polar caps. "At every step in the process, things have occurred more rapidly than we expected."

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