Intermediate Word:  ataxia   (a) disorientation  (b) lack of content  (c) lack of muscular coordination  (d) inability to follow a train of thought
Difficult Word: - noblesse oblige  (a) military service obligation among the high-born  (b) benevolent behavior expected of nobility  (c) carefree life of the upper class  (d) assured promotions for the wealthy

Life is a Gas: Methane Might Support Underground ET  - Space.com  A new test that produced methane under conditions mimicking the deep interiors of Earth and Mars lends support to an idea that the gas could theoretically support unseen colonies of microbes on both worlds. And the study hints at the possibility of a potential vast supply of petroleum products. While the lab work doesn't reveal what's really down there, it has nudged a controversial theory about what's under our feet one step closer to the mainstream.
Climate Skeptics Tend To KO Straw Men - SpaceDaily  Left:  In response to a request from UPI, Tech Central Station forwarded a collection of six news or Web articles it said supported its assertions. Only one - a broadside by the environmental group Greenpeace - can be interpreted as supporting the assertion that global warming is behind the hurricanes. Greenpeace is neither news media nor scientific organization. It is an advocacy group, like, say, Tech Central Station.  With the occurrence of such severe weather events - and regardless of the type of event, flood, heat wave, blizzard, cold spell or tropical storm - news stories seem to mention global warming as a possible cause, the group said in a news release. 

Hubble's deepest shot is a puzzle  - BBC  Left:  Buried in the image are objects that shone not long after the Big Bang.  Scientists studying the deepest picture of the Universe, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, have been left with a big poser: where are all the stars? The picture shows faint galaxies whose stars were shining just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. But the image's revelation that fewer stars than expected were being born at this time brings into question current ideas on cosmic evolution. "Another exciting possibility is that physics was very different in the early Universe; our understanding of the recipe stars obey when they form is flawed."

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