Intermediate Word:  embonpoint   (a) a type of floral needlepoint (b) fashionably tardy  (c) plumpness  (d) a fruit-filled confection
Difficult Word: - jalap  (a) Mexican plant used as cathartic  (b) gelatinous tapioca-based sauce  (c) ornamentation using thrums  (d) galoshes fastener

Canadian Ansari X Prize Team Pushes Toward First Launch - Space.com  Under the current flight profile, Feeney's team will use a large helium balloon to hoist the 8,500-pound (3,855 kilogram) spacecraft into launch position about 80,000 feet (24,384 meters) above the Canadian town of Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The spacecraft then detaches from its mother balloon and ignites a hybrid rocket engine to reach space. Team members said their group is on track for an anticipated Oct. 2 launch. 
ORNL Microscope Pushes Back Barrier Of "How Small"  - SpaceDaily  Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers, using a state-of-the-art microscope and new computerized imaging technology, have pushed back the barrier of how small we can see- to a record, atom-scale 0.6 angstrom. ORNL, a Department of Energy national laboratory, also held the previous record, at 0.7 angstrom. "Looking down on a silicon crystal, we can see atoms that are only 0.78 angstroms apart, which is the first unequivocal proof that we're getting subangstrom resolution. The same image shows that we're getting resolution in the 0.6 angstrom range," said ORNL Condensed Matter Sciences Division researcher Stephen Pennycook.

Woman shelters on Grenada during Hurricane Ivan

Natural disasters 'on the rise'  - BBC  More and more people are being caught up in a growing number of natural disasters, due in part to global warming, a UN agency said on Friday.It said 254 million people were affected by natural hazards last year - nearly three times as many as in 1990. Events including earthquakes and volcanoes, floods and droughts, storms, fires and landslides killed about 83,000 people in 2003, up from about 53,000 deaths 13 years earlier, the ISDR said. There were 337 natural disasters reported in 2003, up from 261 in 1990. Iincreasing numbers of people are becoming vulnerable to hazards," the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction said.

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