3/15/2005:

Intermediate Word:  brouhaha -  (a) uproar  (b) riotously funny occurrence  (c) cartoon  (d) clown costume 
Difficult Word: - bradycardia  (a) enlarged heart  (b) abnormally slow heartbeat  (c) strong-pumping  (d) irregular heartbeat
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NASA Satellite Sees Ocean Plants Increase, Coasts Greening - SpaceDaily  Phytoplankton produce half of the oxygen generated by plants on Earth. They also can soften the impacts of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas. In addition, phytoplankton serve as the base of the ocean food chain, so their abundance determines the overall health of ocean ecosystems. The researchers used NASA satellite data from 1998 to 2003 to show that phytoplankton amounts have increased globally by more than 4 percent. These increases have mainly occurred along the coasts. No significant changes were seen in phytoplankton concentrations within the global open oceans, but phytoplankton levels declined in areas near the center of the oceans, the mid-ocean gyres. Mid-ocean gyres are "ocean deserts", which can only support low amounts of phytoplankton.  
Investigating Titan's Surface-Part 1 - SpaceDaily  Left: Titan seen in different filters tuned for atmospheric depths. Click image for larger view. Image Credit: Keck.  The first radar images came from the Titan flyby in October. About 1 percent of the surface was mapped, and some very interesting features were seen that tell us something about the potential for internal activity and cryovolcanism on Titan. The radar found one feature on Titan that looks like radar data of basaltic flows on the Earth or on Venus. The other striking thing about the radar and imaging data is that they show there's between a handful and no impact craters on Titan.   

India Courts Russia, Iran For Energy - SpaceDaily  Left:  In December 2004, President Vladimir Putin accepted an Indian investment of $3 billion in the Sakhalin-3 oil field in the Russian Far East, and in the joint Russian-Kazakh Kurmangazy oil field in the Caspian Sea that has a potential of up to 1 billion tons of oil. India already holds a 20 percent stake in Russia's energy-rich Sakhalin-1 block. India is seeking to satisfy its growing ravenous thirst for energy by boosting its relations with Iran and Russia, a policy that may put severe limits on its growing strategic relationship with the United States. The Indian strategy is driven by necessity. But it also reflects the experience and vision of the nation's Petroleum Minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar.  




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