10/4/2005:

Intermediate Word:  chiaroscuro (a) charisma  (b) technique for using light and shade in a picture  (c) porphyry  (d) alliance between families brought together by a morganitic marriage
Difficult Word: - Reye's syndrome  (a) congenital disease causing lack of muscle control  (b) acute encephalopathy in children  (c) inability to enunciate sibilants  (d) cardiac damage following a streptococcus infection

Sizing Up The Future Of Air Travel - SpaceDaily  Left:  A380 design for a first-class bed. At the top-end, designers believe the time is almost near when fliers will be able to check into their own cabins at the front of the plane in the same way they check into a hotel room.  From private cabins with designer fabrics and en suite bathrooms in first class to on-screen virtual air attendants taking orders in economy, the future of air travel is going high-tech and high-style. In the meantime, designers have managed to liberate space by all manner of design innovations. From tinkering with seat arrangements to use of newer light-weight materials to completely revamping chair designs, manufacturers have managed to add inches to the passenger's personal space.
Breaking New Ground While Treading Gently On The Alaskan Tundra - Science Daily  Left:  The Inupiaq people are watching climate change with concern. The lakes are draining; the permafrost is thawing; their coastline is eroding. They must now adapt to changes that are rapid and unpredictable. A University of Cincinnati team is interviewing the Inupiaq elders and working with them as partners in order to better understand and predict future environmental changes — for all of us. "Upon melting, this ice-rich frozen ground would sink and the ground surface would be displaced downward, disrupting any engineering structures such as roads, house foundations and pipelines. Furthermore, the carbon stored in the frozen materials in the form of partially decomposed organic material would be released into the atmosphere as ‘Greenhouse Gases,’ thus providing a positive feedback to warming.”     

IMAGE: NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane study whips up warming debate - MSNBC  Powerful hurricanes like Katrina — the most destructive such storm ever to hit the United States — are becoming more common, according to a new study that immediately fueled the debate over whether global warming is to blame. In the 1970s there was an average of about 11 storms of the powerful category 4 and 5 range. Since 1990 that has climbed to an average of 18 per year worldwide, researchers led by Peter J. Webster at the Georgia Institute of Technology report in Friday’s issue of the journal Science. Co-author Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research said the researchers can’t say rising sea-surface temperatures caused a specific storm, such as Katrina. But their study shows the potential for more Katrina-like events to occur, he said.      




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