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Intermediate Word:  penumbra (a) dark brown  (b) a bumbershoot  (c) partial shadow  (d) overbearing attitude
Difficult Word:
  metalinguistics -  (a) study of relationships between language and culture  (b) study of linguistic elements common to all languages  (c) philology  (d) rules of grammar

Terrafugia's flight plan  - C/Net  Terrafugia, a start-up created by Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winner Carl Dietrich and colleagues at MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is aiming to show off what it calls the Transition "personal air vehicle," an SUV with retractable wings, to the EAA AirVenture Conference in Oshkosh, Wis., at the end of July. The Transition is designed for 100- to 500-mile jumps. It will carry two people and luggage on a single tank of premium unleaded gas. It will also come with airbags, aerodynamic bumpers and of course a GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation unit. Terrafugia is aiming to build a vehicle that will fly at 120 miles per hour and get 30 miles a gallon in the air. Transition vehicles are expected to hit the road, and the sky, by 2009 or 2010.   
Home Plate Brings Mars Exploration To Every Desktop - SpaceDaily  Left:  As Spirit explores the Home Plate outcrop NASA and Cornell scientists are imaging the area in high detail. The PanCam image sections coming down each day are stunning images that will make for one of the best color panoramas of the mission to date. An early twin panel 1024 desktop is available here. Image stitchers are welcome to alert us as to when their draft and finished versions are available for public release. Be the first to stitch up Home Plate. Contact us here. The rocks and geologic characteristics of Home Plate are like no other found by either Mars rover. The Home Plate rocks look like a volcano had rained down debris in the middle of water-sculpted strata.    

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The flying luxury hotel of tomorrow  - CNN  This is not a Blimp. It's a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It's the Aeroscraft, and when it's completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms. Pasternak says several cruise ship companies have expressed interest in the project, and for good reason: The craft would have a range of several thousand miles and, with an estimated top speed of 174 miles per hour, could traverse the continental U.S. in about 18 hours. During the flight, passengers would peer at national landmarks just 8,000 feet below or, if they weren't captivated by the view, the cavernous interior would easily accommodate such amenities as luxury staterooms, restaurants, even a casino. The company envisions a cargo-carrying version that could deliver a year's worth of supplies to an offshore oil rig.   




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