6/2/2005:

Intermediate Word:  chukka -  (a) an "inning" in polo   (b) ankle-high boot  (c) a "field goal" in rugby   (d) a British-Army Sikh fusilier
Difficult Word: - salep    (a) ground orchid roots (medicinal)  (b) wall-mounted step below a high window  (c) taiga deer   (d) wooden rake

Russia Fully Opposes Militarization Of Space - Foreign Ministry - SpaceDaily   Left:  A nuclear bomb detonated high above a country- like this test (by the United States) done over the Pacific Ocean in the 1950's (Program Starfish) - could unleash an electromagnetic pulse that would shut down a nation's power grid and, along with it, communications, water supplies and even food transportation.  Russia is active in preventing the placement of weapons in outer space, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko restated last Friday, according to RIA Novosti. Yakovenko was commenting on statements - published in The Financial Times - made by Yermakov, the senior counselor of the Russian embassy in Washington, who allegedly said Russia would consider using force if the United States put weapons in outer space. "Today's generally recognized international norms for representatives of all the leading powers prevent the militarization of space," 
Seeing Forests In The Tree Of Life - SpaceDaily  Left:  Eukaryotes probably emerged from prokaryotic ancestry about 1.6 - 2.1 billion years ago. The evolutionary diversification of eukaryotes has involved invention of organelles, and their modification. Credit: UCLA  Then we can think about the variable histories of life that a planet might have. The first is that life never evolves. The second is that it does evolve. A third option is that life may get cut short by termination through mass extinction. Or life on a planet evolves, is exterminated, and then re-evolves. I'm not in any position to say when life on Earth moved from a RNA world to a DNA world. But the switch probably occurred because DNA is so much more efficient, due to copying fidelity.  

Modulating A Beam Of Light With Electricity - SpaceDaily  Much of our electronics could soon be replaced by photonics, in which beams of light flitting through microscopic channels on a silicon chip replace electrons in wires. Photonic chips would carry more data, use less power and work smoothly with fiber-optic communications systems. The trick is to get electronics and photonics to talk to each other. Now Cornell University researchers have taken a major step forward in bridging this communication gap by developing a silicon device that allows an electrical signal to modulate a beam of light on a micrometer scale. Other electro-optical modulators have been built on silicon, but their size is on the order of millimeters   




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