10/8/2005:

Intermediate Word:  vacillate (a) to waver  (b) to act on a whim   (c) broad-nosed  (d) to secretly control
Difficult Word: - grappa  (a) mixture of snow and rain .  (b) ensilage  (c) brandy made from wine residue  (d) New Guinea digging stick

Intelligent Design: 'The Death of Science' - Space.com  "The most basic problem [with ID] is that it's utterly boring," said William Provine, a science historian at Cornell University in New York. "Everything that's complicated or interesting about biology has a very simple explanation: ID did it. It doesn't add anything to science to introduce the idea that God did it," Provine told LiveScience. Intelligent design "would become the death of science if it became a part of science."     
Intelligent Design: Belief Posing as Theory - Space.com  A major source of public confusion in the escalating debate between intelligent design and evolution is the question of what a scientific theory actually is. One of the things that will be decided in the Pennsylvania hearing is whether ID should be regarded as a valid scientific theory, or whether, as its critics maintain, it is just creationism's latest guise. A large part of the confusion stems from the fact that there is a big difference between how the word "theory" is used in science and how it is used in ordinary conversation.    

GPS Modernization Begins with Delta 2 Launch - Space.com  A Boeing Delta 2 booster pierced the night sky Sunday evening, September 25th, successfully launching the first modernized Global Positioning System satellite to build a bridge from the navigation network of today to the advancements of tomorrow. GPS 2R-M1 begins a new breed of updated GPS satellites that will not only broadcast the navigation signals as previous spacecraft but also provide two new military signals and a second civilian signal. Those improvements promise to bring greater accuracy, added resistance to interference and enhanced performance for users around the world. The advancements for the military will provide warfighters with a more robust jam-resistant signal and enable better targeting of GPS-guided weapons in hostile environments, while the new civilian signal removes navigation errors caused by the Earth's ionosphere. Ballenger said some civilian receivers already on the market can pick up the new signal, while older units will have to be replaced.We are seeing continued growth in precision civilian applications such surveying, precision agriculture, infrastructure monitoring, geodesy, as well as volcano and earthquake research. The bottom line -- GPS is absolutely critical to our nation's economic well being."




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