Intermediate Word:  anodyne (a) meter measuring remaining battery charge  (b) device for measuring brake horsepower of a motor  (c) pigeonholed curio cabinet  (d) pain reliever
Difficult Word: - caique  (a) long, narrow Mid-Eastern rowboat  (b) baking mold in the shape of an animal  (c) blood feud  (d) curling iron

Satellites Spot Mighty Mississippi - In the Atlantic Ocean - SpaceDaily  Left:  This image, using data from MODIS, flying aboard NASA's Terra satellite, shows blackwater off the coast of southwest Florida in February 2002. Credit: University of South Florida.  Scientists using satellite imagery found that at least 23 percent of the water released from the mouth of the Mississippi River from July through September 2004 traveled quite a distance - into the Gulf of Mexico, around the Florida Keys, and into the Atlantic Ocean. By using MODIS data with information on sea surface currents and sea salt levels (salinity), the scientists estimated that about 20 billion tons of Mississippi River water reached the Florida Straits and Gulf Stream off the Georgia coast. This is about four times the volume of Lake Okeechobee, the largest lake in Florida. The research also shows that such plumes created by the Mississippi River can travel over large distances, more than 1240 miles (2000 kilometers).   
Tropical Deforestation Affects US, Global Rainfall - SpaceDaily  Today, scientists estimate that between one-third and one-half of our planet's land surfaces have been transformed by human development. Deforestation in the Amazon region of South America (Amazonia) influences rainfall from Mexico to Texas and in the Gulf of Mexico. Similarly, deforesting lands in Central Africa affects precipitation in the upper and lower U.S Midwest, while deforestation in Southeast Asia was found to alter rainfall in China and the Balkan Peninsula. Specifically, deforestation of Amazonia was found to severely reduce rainfall in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico.   

Photovoltaic solar array (Image: University of Southampton)

Microgrids as peer-to-peer energy  - BBC  Small networks of power generators in "microgrids" could transform the electricity network in the way that the net changed distributed communication. Electricity suppliers are aiming to meet the UK government's Renewables Obligation, requiring them to generate 15% of electricity from renewable sources by 2015. "This would save something like 20 to 30% of our emissions with hardly anyone knowing it," he told the BBC News website. "It supplies heat through the household, but you already have cables in the ground, so it is easy to construct an electricity network. Then you create some sort of control network."   

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