6/15/2005:

Intermediate Word:  modish -  (a) set in one's ways  (b) fashionable  (c) very methodical  (d) a bit ludicrous
Difficult Word: - Nainook   (a) Inuit goddess of fertility  (b) Finnish folk-hero  (c) soft cotton cloth with woven stripe  (d) Eskimo who developed first written language

SpaceX Rocket Readied For Maiden Flight - Space.com   Following an on-the-pad short burst firing of their Falcon 1 rocket engine last month, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) is on track for a maiden flight of the privately-built booster.  Assuming that there are no further delays in lofting a Titan 4 classified mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California now slated for a July departure SpaceX expects to receive a Falcon 1 launch window from that spaceport for an August timeframe.    
Alexandra Lines Tragic student The death of a young DJ from skin cancer is a warning to others  - BBC   Alex Lines was not a sun worshipper or a tanorexic. The music student and DJ wore sun cream on holiday, used fake tan and had only been on sunbeds a handful of times. But just weeks ago Alex died at home with her parents at her bedside, from an aggressive brain tumour caused by skin cancer. She was 22 years old. John and Jennifer Lines, from Romford in Essex, want their daughter's death to act as a stark warning that even a little sun can sometimes be too much. Mr and Mrs Lines want to urge other people, especially those with red or blonde hair like Alex, to avoid suntanning and get any changing moles checked immediately. Mr Lines told the BBC News website: "It is better to be safe than sorry, especially if you're fair-skinned or have any history of melanoma in your family. Alex did not enjoy lying around on holiday on the beach or by the pool." Mr and Mrs Lines, who both have uncles who developed melanoma, have called for screening for the illness to be carried out at a young age. "Fair-skinned people are particularly at risk, as are those with lots of moles."

Sao Paulo city centre

Blessed biofuels: President Bush's vision for plant powered cars is a reality in Brazil  - BBC  In the mid-1980s - before any other country even thought of the idea - Brazil succeeded in mass-producing biofuel for motor vehicles: alcohol, derived from its plentiful supplies of sugar-cane. But the programme that had put the country so far ahead was very nearly consigned to history when oil prices slid back from high levels seen in the 1970s. Alcohol-powered cars fell out of favour and languished in obscurity until last year, when production picked up again in a big way. Now Brazilians can buy cars that give them the chance to mix and match alcohol with regular fuel - and conventional motor vehicles that run purely on petrol are looking old-fashioned once again. A new generation of alcohol-powered cars entered production in Brazil in 2003, after the government decided that cars capable of burning ethanol should be taxed at 14%, instead of 16% for their exclusively petrol-powered counterparts. Unlike earlier models, these are "flex-fuel" cars - equally happy with pure alcohol, pure petrol, or any blend of the two. In 2004, the first full year that "flex-fuel" cars were on sale, they accounted for more than 17% of the Brazilian market, and are on course for an even bigger share this year.





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