11/10/2005:

Intermediate Word:  baluchitherium (a) huge, extinct, hornless rhinoceros  (b) roadside shrine found in Baluchistan  (c) feathery African fern  (d) zoological sanctuary for ungulates
Difficult Word: - habanera 
(a) spirited Cuban dance with a rose in the dancer's teeth  (b) Spanish ranch, anchored by a hacienda  (c) mountain country costume  (d) slow dance

Venezuela And China To Build Satellite - SpaceDaily  Venezuela has signed an accord with China to build a satellite, to be named Simon Bolivar after the South American revolutionary, President Hugo Chavez' office announced Tuesday. Venezuela said it hopes to launch the satellite into space in July 2008. Chavez said the accord with China was of "strategic and historical importance". There will be a technology transfer under the deal and 90 Venezuelan specialists will work on the new satellite, including 30 who will carry out special studies in China, said Vice Science and Technology Minister Nuris Orihuela. He added: "There will never be sufficient words to thank China for the moral, scientific and technological support." Chavez said the satellite would be used for government and military communications and to give remote parts of the country access to telephones and the Internet. Oil-rich Venezuela has strengthened ties with China since Chavez took office in 1999
Micro Air Vehicle Will Battle With Soldiers - SpaceDaily  Left: Oil-rich Venezuela has strengthened ties with China since Chavez took office in 1999  According to the Website, spacewar.com, each system is comprised of two air vehicles, a dismounted control device and associated ground support equipment that is carried by selected platforms and dismounted soldiers. The micro air vehicles use autonomous flight and navigation with vertical take-off and landing and recovery capabilities. Two cameras are mounted on each vehicle; one looks ahead of soldiers, the other looks down at the ground. The vehicles also carry chemical sensors.     

AFRL Develop Non-Lethal Laser Weapon - SpaceDaily  The weapon, developed by the laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate, employs a two-wavelength laser system and is the first of its kind as a hand-held, single-operator system for troop and perimeter defense. The laser light used in the weapon temporarily impairs aggressors by illuminating or "dazzling" individuals, removing their ability to see the laser source. Systems such as PHaSR have historically been too powerful at close ranges and ineffective but eye-safe at long ranges. The next prototype is planned to include the addition of the eye-safe range finder and is planned for completion in March 2006.   




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