Intermediate Word:  expectorate (a) to spit  (b) to anticipate  (c) to execute flawlessly  (d) expecting
Difficult Word:
  missal -  (a) cold north wind (European)  (b) lady's pocket book  (c) irrelevant remark  (d) prayer book

Baffled Scientists Say Less Sunlight Reaching Earth - Live Science   After dropping for about 15 years, the amount of sunlight Earth reflects back into space, called albedo, has increased since 2000, a new study concludes. That means less energy is reaching the surface. Yet global temperatures have not cooled during the period. On any given day, about half of Earth is covered by clouds, which reflect more sunlight than land and water. Clouds keep Earth cool by reflecting sunlight, but they can also serve as blankets to trap warmth.   
NASA To Commercialize Advanced VASIMR Plasma Rocket Concept - SpaceDaily  NASA has signed an agreement with Houston-based Ad Astra Rocket that paves the way for commercialization of a promising advanced plasma rocket system that has evolved over the past 25 years. The system may generate rocket thrust with performance hundreds of times higher than that of present chemical rockets. The increased performance could mean dramatic reductions in fuel requirements. While conventional rocket nozzles would melt under the extreme temperatures, VASIMR uses magnetic force fields to control and direct the plasma exhaust jet.     

Isle of Man - The Switzerland Of Space - SpaceDaily  The Isle of Man is looking to lure space business to its shores with an appropriation by its parliament of 955,000 (about $1.7 million) to fund a two-year marketing effort. In a speech to the Tynwald the independent island's parliament -- on Jan. 20, Allan Bell, the treasury minister, said he wanted to promote the country as a destination of choice for space companies "a Switzerland of Space" the Isle of Man Today reported. The 60 or so companies that constitute world's space industry currently generate about $123 billion in combined annual revenues, most of it in the satellite communications sector.   

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