Intermediate Word:  lapidary -  (a) bankruptcy specialist  (b) rare book dealer  (c) lens polisher   (d) worker in precious stones
Difficult Word: - lapin  (a) jeweled pin  (b) rabbit  (c) lens-polishing mount  (d) recess for flange

Rebuilding The Russian Road To Space - SpaceDaily  To judge the future by recent events, one might think that by 2010 U.S. tourists will be flying to orbital U.S. hotels on U.S. spacecraft, while at the same time the Bush administration initiative to return humans to the moon will be charging forward at warp speed toward a 2015 return. Think again. The future of space in the next decade could just as easily be dominated by a resurgent Russian space industry, innovative and efficient, with the ability to provide quality service to its customers at a low cost. By last year the Russian space industry was so successful its rockets launched more than 45 percent of all spacecraft. 
Cat And Mouse Game Over Iran - SpaceDaily  The U.S. Air Force is playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Iran's ayatollahs, flying American combat aircraft into Iranian airspace in an attempt to lure Tehran into turning on air defense radars, thus allowing U.S. pilots to grid the system for use in future targeting data, administration officials said. "We have to know which targets to attack and how to attack them," said one, speaking on condition of anonymity. The flights, which have been going on for weeks, are being launched from sites in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, a Pentagon spokesman told UPI he was unaware of any such actions.

Swift Images Birth Of A Black Hole - SpaceDaily  The NASA-led Swift mission has detected and imaged its first gamma-ray burst, likely the birth cry of a brand new black hole. The bright and long burst occurred on January 17. It was in the midst of exploding, as Swift autonomously turned to focus in less than 200 seconds. "Most bursts are gone in about 10 seconds, and few last upwards of a minute. The satellite was fast enough to capture an image of the event with its X-Ray Telescope (XRT), while gamma rays were still being detected with the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT). Previous X-ray images have captured the burst afterglow, not the burst itself." "This is the one that didn't get away," said Prof.   

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