3/26/2005:

Intermediate Word:  boyar -  (a) tall chest of drawers  (b) tea serving set  (c) Russian aristocrat  (d) stiff shot of vodka
Difficult Word: - je ne sois quoi    (a) the more things change, the more they remain the same it is difficult to say  (c) the necessary changes have been made- (d) I can't imagine it
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The Monster In The Back Yard - SpaceDaily  Left:  Yellowstone (pictured) erupts every 700,000 years or so. When it does, it sends more than 600 cubic miles (1,000 cubic kilometers) of debris into the atmosphere.  By way of comparison, when Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980 - the most destructive volcanic event in U.S. recorded history - it killed 57 people, destroyed 200 homes, 157 miles of roadways and 15 miles of railroad track, and wreaked a total of about $1.1 billion in economic damage. That eruption ejected about 1.2 cubic miles (2 cubic kilometers) of debris. Yellowstone's biggest event occurred 2 million years ago, ejecting 1,500 cubic miles (2,500 cubic kilometers) of rock into the air. Waist-high layers of volcanic ash or tuff from that eruption have been found in Iowa, nearly a thousand miles away. It is not unreasonable to think another gigantic eruption may happen within the next 100,000 years, and perhaps sooner, he said. About 70,000 years ago, the Toba eruption on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia ejected about 1,700 cubic miles (2,800 cubic kilometers) of rock and ash into the atmosphere. One estimate is that 70,000 years ago - right after the Toba explosion - the number of female humans on Earth was reduced to between 4,200 and 4,600.
High Risk Of Major Tsunami In North Caribbean - SpaceDaily  The potential for devastating tsunamis in the northern Caribbean is high, say marine scientists, based on their analysis of historical data since the arrival of Columbus. Previous tsunamis destroyed Port Royal, Jamaica, in 1692, killed at least 10 Jamaicans on the island's south coast in 1780, and ravaged the north coast of Hispaniola and the Virgin Islands in 1842. The most recent of the destructive northern Caribbean tsunami occurred in 1946 and was triggered by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in the Dominican Republic. It killed around 1,800 people. In the pre-1492 period, tsunamis greater than any in the past 500 years may have occurred, the scientists say, based on their study of underwater landslides off the north coast of Puerto Rico.   

Large Telescopes On Agenda - SpaceDaily   Left:  A top astronomer says China is to install several large telescopes to help unlock the secrets of the universe.  Ai Guoxiang, head of the National Astronomical Observatories, says China plans to produce a telescope with the world's highest spectrum acquiring rate, for use near its Beijing base. Ai Guoxiang says China also plans to build the world's largest radio telescope to receive electric waves from space, in southwest China's Guizhou Province. China will also install a large astronomical telescope in southwestern Yunnan Province. Additionally, China is planning to launch its first space telescope into orbit to study solar physical frontiers. 




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