3/30/2004:

Intermediate Word:  murine  pertaining to (a) tear ducts   (b) walls  (c) murals  (d) mice and rats
Difficult Word: -glacis  (a) type of doughnut  (b) gentle slope  (c) ceramic glaze  (d) ballet leap


Asteroid Scare Prompts NASA to Formalize Response - Space.com  An asteroid flew past Earth last week so close that it nearly entered an orbital halo where weather satellites roam. Scientists spotted it March 15 and watched it zoom by just three days later. It posed no threat, but there are hundreds of thousands more where that one came from. And while asteroid 2004 FH, as it is known, was watched calmly by astronomers, a more frightening scenario unfolded two months earlier: 
Off Roads Adventure, LLC Segways as Literal Trail-Blazers - Tech TV  Left:  Off-Roads Adventure in Oxford, Miss., modifies Dean Kamen's famous Segway Human Transporter for wilderness use by adding studded tires, protective undercarriage skid plates and other rugged accessories. (Off-Roads Adventure, LLC)  A new company called Off Roads Adventure (www.off-roadsadventure.com) near Oxford, Miss., is launching off-road Segways. What makes an off-road, $5,000 Segway different from a regular Segway? Head-to-toe camouflage, a metal skid plate to prevent damage on the underside of the body, and, most importantly, studded tires. "Up until we came along, Segways were strictly inner-city vehicles," company founder Dan Lundahl says. "Now they're for everyone campers, hikers, bird-watchers."  

Campfire, BBC

Bones hint at first use of fire  - BBC  Human-like species living in Africa up to 1.5 million years ago may have known how to control fire, scientists say. It is not known which hominid species made the fires at Swartkrans. There seem to have been two hominid species present at Swartkrans around two million years ago. These were Australopithecus (or Paranthropus) robustus and an early species of Homo, possibly Homo erectus. The next oldest evidence for controlled use of fire may come from Zhoukoudian in China, dating to between 400,000 and 250,000 years ago. (I don't think you could have hominids living in southern France in 1,800,000 B. C. without fire and clothing.)





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