5/26/2005:

Intermediate Word:  alopecia (a)   (b) peace movement  (c) uprising  (d) male pattern baldness
Difficult Word:
  lutetium  (b) layer in the corpus luteus  (b) rare earth element  (c) mythical substance said to make any woman beautiful  (d) mineral discovered near Paris

Expo 'booth babes' forced to cover up  - CNN  Left:  Laura Croft model Karima Adebibe signs copies of the Tomb Raider Legend video game's guide book at E3.    Missing: scantily-clad females hawking the latest toys for the boys. Banned are nudity, partial nudity, bikini bottoms or any sexually explicit or provocative conduct, according to the handbook from The Entertainment Software Association, or ESA, which owns and operates the E3 Expo. Pauline K, who declined to give her last name, wore a white shredded tank top with an exposed midriff, short mini skirt and knee-high leggings as she handed out fliers for a company that makes custom face plates for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 game machine.       
Astronomers Discovery Very High Energy Gamma-ray Emission From Microquasar - Science Daily  Left: Artist's view of a microquasar. A compact object (a black hole or a neutron star) orbits around a massive normal star. The latter loses matter into an accretion disk that surrounds the compact object. The matter falling into the compact object is ejected in the form of jets of relativistic particles. In the case of LS I +61 303 the compact object is likely a neutron star that completes an orbit around the massive star every 26 days. It always displays jets. (Image courtesy of Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) Telescope Team)  Microquasars can be considered as scaled-down versions of active galactic nuclei, or quasars. Microquasars are binary star systems, composed of a massive ordinary star and a compact object, which can be either a neutron star or a black hole. Quasars display also jets of relativistic particles, but in their case the compact object is a black hole of millions of solar masses located at the center of a galaxy.     

Feedback Loops In Global Climate Change Point To A Very Hot 21st Century - Science Daily  Left: The world's glaciers are shrinking as a result of rising temperatures and will eventually cause sea-levels to swell. Studies have shown that global warming triggers natural feedback loops that can amplify the warming's magnitude. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)  researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have been able to quantify the feedback implied by past increases in natural carbon dioxide and methane gas levels. Their results point to global temperatures at the end of this century that may be significantly higher than current climate models are predicting.    




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