4/12/2005:

Intermediate Word:  geoduck (a) class of ducks migrating unusually far  (b) shapeless, all-encompassing poncho  (c) major watershed river  (d) very large, edible clam
Difficult Word:
  trigeminal -  (a) referring to three sets of twins  (b) three branches merging into one  (c) facial sensory and jaw motor nerve  (d) extra sensitive

Is Europa A Bottle Blonde In Disguise? - SpaceDaily  Left:  High resolution false colour close-up of Europa's cracked surface, with the veiny, vermillion capillaries that intrigue geologists and astrobiologists. Sir Arthur C. Clarke wrote the following famous and enigmatic passage in his novel, 2010: Odyssey 2: "All these worlds are yours - except Europa. Attempt no landing there." Credit: NASA/Galileo  Some may be surprised to learn that bleach-blondes and the enabler of life elsewhere in our solar system have something in common. And, no, it's not intelligence. It is, in fact, hydrogen peroxide. But how that hydrogen peroxide emerges from ice to become life-sustaining oxygen has been unclear. Now, a new study  offers the most detailed picture to date on how oxygen can made in frigid reaches far from Earth.   
Friendly Robots Want To Do Your Chores - SpaceDaily  Slobs and housework-haters rejoice: If one company has its way, in the near future there will be robots to set the dinner table, clear it after dinner, shovel snow and mop the floor. In short, the robots will "move in and around the home, doing the mundane tasks that people don't like to do anymore," said Friendly Robotics Chief Executive Officer Udi Peless. For its part, the Pardesiya, Israel-based company has already developed a lawnmower robot, the Robomow, and a vacuum-cleaner robot, the Friendly Vac. The other innovations are as close as five to 10 years down the road, Peless said.     

Global Warming: Be Worried... Be Very Worried - Time  Left:  The photograph taken in 1928, above, shows how the Upsala Glacier, part of the South American Andes in Argentina, used to look. The ice on the Upsala Glacier today, shown in 2004 below, is retreating at least 180 ft. per year  Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever... More And More Land Is Being Devastated By drought... Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-lying Communities... By Any Measure, Is At... The Tipping Point. The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon--and what we can do about it. Never mind what you've heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us 



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