Intermediate Word:  Clotho (a) Greek god of fashion  (b)   (c) Greek Fate who spins the thread of life  (d) famous queen of Palmyra
Difficult Word:
  langan -  (a) languid  (b) moccasin with knee-high leggings  (c) flong-legged rooster  (d) personal advocate

Retirement age 'will rise to 85' - BBC  Shripad Tuljapurkar of Stanford University says anti-ageing advances could raise life expectancy by a year each year over the next two decades. That would put a strain on economies around the world if current retirement ages are maintained, he warned. "People are going to do things they didn't get round to in their working lives. Current institutions are really not equipped at the moment to deal with such long lives," he said. He came up with a scenario in which anti-ageing technologies would increase the most common age of death by one year per year between 2010 and 2030.   
NASA Griffin's Statement To House Science Committee - SpaceDaily  "The FY 2007 budget request is a 3.2 percent increase above NASA's FY 2006 appropriation  NASA's budget is roughly 0.7 percent of the overall federal budget. NASA cannot afford the costs of starting some new space science missions, like a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, or the nextgeneration space astrophysics missions beyond the James Webb Space Telescope, at this time. NASA will still proceed with the Space Interferometry Mission and the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission, as well as conduct a mission to Europa.  

Image: Omicron 2 Eridani

Looking for other Earths? Here’s a list - MSNBC  Left: Omicron 2 Eridani, also known as Keid or 40 Eridani, is on the list of prospects in the search for Earthlike planets. It's also considered the home star system for Mr. Spock in the original "Star Trek" series.  View related photo  The lineup from Margaret Turnbull at the Carnegie Institute of Washington is broken down into two top-five lists: one for the radio-based search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, and the other for the NASA mission, known as the Terrestrial Planet Finder.  The stars are: Beta Canum Venaticorum, Turnbull's top prospect. It's a sunlike star about 26 light-years away in the northern constellation Canes Venatici. Astronomers have been looking for planets around the star but have found none to date. HD 10307, another sunlike star about 42 light-years away. HD 211415, which has about half the metal content of the sun and is a bit cooler. 18 Scorpii, almost an identical twin of the sun, and 51 Pegasus, which was the first normal star beyond our solar system known to have a planet.

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