Intermediate Word:  cumshaw -  (a) savvy  (b) inside information  (c) gratuity  (d) sash worn about the wsaist
Difficult Word: - brock    (a) armless coverall  (b) small hassock  (c) badger  (d) back-of-neck armor piece

Toshiba Offers Revolutionary Flat 3-D Screens- Without The Goggles - SpaceDaily   Left:  Display viewed from left; (Below) Display viewed from right. The can with the orange and yellow cap, on the bottom right, is real, the other object are generated by the display.  The Japanese electronics giant said it had improved on standard 3-D technology -- which uses specially shaped screens that must be watched from a fixed point -- by using microlenses that control light emission and special software. Toshiba demonstrated the invention by showing a flat screen which appeared to have bottles and cans sticking out several centimeters (inches) in the air. The company set a goal of first using the technology in 2006 in arcade games. Toshiba plans to use the 3-D screens in home video games in 2008 and bring the technology into portable games a year later. By 2010, it wants to use the invention for a next-generation 3-D televison.

Low oxygen Likely Made 'Great Dying' Worse, Greatly Delayed Recovery - SpaceDaily  Left:  Not only was atmospheric oxygen content dropping at the end of the Permian, the scientists said, but carbon dioxide levels were rising, leading to global climate warming. Image credit: Yale University.  New research by two University of Washington scientists suggests that a sharp decline in atmospheric oxygen levels was likely a major reason for both the elevated extinction rates and the very slow recovery. Earth's land at the time was still massed in a supercontinent called Pangea, and most of the land above sea level became uninhabitable because low oxygen made breathing too difficult for most organisms to survive.  

Now Scientists Think You'd Be 'Roasted' In A Black Hole - SpaceDaily  Left:  A frame from Andrew Hamilton's animation about falling to the singularity of a black hole. Hamilton's homepage and animations.  Most people have heard of the event horizon of a black hole, as the point of no return. But astronomically realistic black holes are more complex and should have two horizons, an outer and an inner. In the bizarre physics of black holes, time and space are exchanged when you cross an event horizon, but at a second horizon they would switch back again. Travelling into a black hole, you would therefore pass through a strange region where space is falling inward faster than light, before finally entering a zone of normal space at the core. If the core singularity ate too quickly, it would become gravitationally repulsive, so instead, matter piles up in a hot, dense plasma.

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