12/11/2005:

Intermediate Word:  capuchin (a) long-tailed South American Monkey  (b) Indo-Chinese porter  (c) della Robbia figurine  (d) entry vestibule in an abbey
Difficult Word: - obturator - (a)
dimple  (b) swale  (c) river rapids  (d) Woman's opera cape

SETI and Intelligent Design - Space.com   What many readers will not know is that SETI research has been offered up in support of Intelligent Design. But the adherents of Intelligent Design protest the protest. They point to SETI and say, "upon receiving a complex radio signal from space, SETI researchers will claim it as proof that intelligent life resides in the neighborhood of a distant star. Thus, isn’t their search completely analogous to our own line of reasoning—a clear case of complexity implying intelligence and deliberate design?"   
Mars Express Providing Evidence For Large Aquifers On Early Mars - SpaceDaily  Left:  A HRSC 3D perspective view of Candor Chasma (in false colours) characterised by the infrared images of OMEGA. It shows bright and brown deposits (red markers) that are rich in the mineral kieserite, a hydrated magnesium sulphate. See larger image. Credits: ESA/OMEGA/HRSC  The findings from the OMEGA instrument on board ESA's Mars Express are strongly indicating that liquid water must have been present, in a stable form, in Mars' early history, having implications for the planets climatic history, and questions of life in the past. The data collected by OMEGA unambiguously reveal the presence of specific hydrated surface minerals.   

Neptune Class Exoplanet Found Around Small Star - SpaceDaily  Left:  This image shows the radial velocities of the red dwarf Gl 581 as a function of the orbital phase. The amplitude of the detected variation is 13.2 m/s and the curve is consistent with a circular orbit. The orbital period is 5.366 days. See larger image.  The new planet orbits a star belonging to a class of red dwarfs. As these stars are very common, this discovery proves crucial in the census of other planetary systems. The host star, Gl 581 [3], has a mass of only one third the mass of the Sun. Such red dwarfs are at least 50 times fainter than the Sun and are the most common stars in our Galaxy: among the 100 closest stars to the Sun, 80 belong to this class.   




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