11/28/2004:

Intermediate Word:  armoire   (a) large clothes cabinet  (b) armory  (c) armor for the extremities  (d) weapons store
Difficult Word: -reify   (a) to petrify  (b) to clarify  (c) to treat an abstraction as if concrete  (d) to melt into a glass

Plankton Cool The Southern Hemisphere - SpaceDaily  Left: Ph.D. student Mtinkheni Gondwe used satellite observations to follow the distribution of phytoplankton in the oceans. In the southern hemisphere, more waterdroplets are produced by the DMS production of the plankton.  Dutch research has shown that marine plankton have the greatest effect on the climate in the southern hemisphere, even though the majority of plankton are found in oceans in the northern hemisphere. Plankton can influence the climate by producing the gas dimethyl sulphide (DMS). This gas is a source of small sulphur particles in the atmosphere, which act as condensation nuclei for the water vapour.    
US Exercises Missile Defense System To Prepare For Operations - SpaceDaily  Left:  By the end of 2007, America's ground-based missile interceptors are scheduled to grow to 28 at both the Alaska and California launch sites.  The US missile defense system is still on track to go on alert by the end of this year and key US military commands are conducting "shakedown exercises" in preparation, a defense spokesman said Wednesday. Russia announced plans earlier Wednesday to acquire a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of defeating any anti-missile shield, but the spokesman said the US system is not designed to protect against long-range attack from either China or Russia. US ground-based interceptor missiles are being installed in Alaska and California primarily to defend against a limited attack by a rogue power such as North Korea.

Russia To Deploy New-Generation Nuclear Weapons System: Putin - SpaceDaily  Left:  File image of a Russian Topol M missile being put into position for a test-launch. US Not Worried About Russia's Nuclear Activities: State Department. Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2004- Washington was not threatened by President Vladimir Putin's announcement Wednesday that Russia intended to remain a major nuclear power by deploying a new weapon in the coming years that other states lack, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday. "We do not perceive Russia's nuclear sustainment and modernization activities as threatening, and what they are doing is fully consistent with our mutual obligations under the Moscow Treaty," deputy spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters.  President Vladimir Putin served notice Wednesday that Russia intended to remain a major nuclear power by deploying a new weapon in the coming years that other states lack and are unlikely to develop in the near future. Washington argues its shield would be capable of defending the United States only from attacks from so-called "rogue states" and could not stand up to Russia's massive Soviet-era nuclear arsenal. However Putin has since mentioned plans for Russia to also develop a similar system along with new types of intercontinental missiles that Moscow claims could penetrate any space shield put up by the United States.





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