4/16/2005:

Intermediate Word:  obstreperous (a) aggressively boisterous  (b) strapping big  (c) contaminated with pathogenic bacteria  (d) ill-omened
Difficult Word:
  larboard-  (a) dripboard at the edge of a roof  (b) port (right) side  (c) flush siding-board  (d) drop  keelboard on a sailboat

fossil skull Creationism 'no place in schools'  - BBC  Leading scientists have warned against the teaching of creationism in schools, saying pupils must be clear that science backs the theory of evolution.  The Royal Society statement comes after claims that some schools are promoting creationism alongside evolution. It added: "A belief that all species on Earth have always existed in their present form is not consistent with the wealth of evidence for evolution, such as the fossil record. "Similarly, a belief that the Earth was formed in 4004BC is not consistent with the evidence from geology, astronomy and physics that the solar system, including Earth, formed about 4,600 million years ago."    
Artist's impression of Swift (Nasa) Telescope looks to go to the edge  - BBC  The Swift telescope is about to break the boundaries of our cosmic vision, to see the most distant objects ever recorded, its chief scientist believes. The Nasa space observatory has already looked nearly 13 billion light-years across the Universe to record the light from a cataclysmic star explosion. But Dr Neil Gehrels expects Swift to see even more distant events. The spacecraft is set up to catch gamma-ray bursts - the intensely bright but fleeting flashes of very high-energy radiation that signal some of the Universe's most violent happenings.   

Moon in bloom: Could Europe's space scientists say it with flowers on the Moon?  - BBC-  America's astronauts may have been the first to plant a flag, drive a buggy and play golf on the Moon. Planting flowers, however, was not on the Apollo agenda.  Could Europe beat the mighty US to that particular goal? One small seed for man, one giant branching-out for mankind? In fact, according to the European Space Agency's Bernard Foing, it is more likely to be a bulb than a seed - perhaps even that most European of plants, a Dutch tulip. "Also, we have looked at other types of plant like the mustard plant Arabidopsis; it's a very resistant plant, its genome has been fully sequenced.   



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