Intermediate Word:  druse -  (a) drudge  (b) tiny crystals lining a rock cavity  (c) cowled figure  (d) 
Difficult Word: - galipot  (a) pertaining to prediction  (b) crude pine turpentine  (c) lizard  (d) shaving mug

Japan, France to Jointly Develop New Supersonic Jet - Space.com  TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and France are jointly developing a new supersonic passenger plane to succeed the retired Concorde, but with up to three times as many seats and the potential to fly the Tokyo -to- New York route in six hours, officials  said Wednesday.  Officials hope to have the new jet in operation by 2015, flying up to 2.4 times the speed of sound, the Mainichi said.   Japan has successfully tested an engine that can theoretically reach speeds of up to mach 5.5,    
Analysis: Putin Between Left And Right - SpaceDaily  As the country celebrated "Day of Russia" Sunday, Vladimir Putin's political foes used the occasion to speak out against the direction of Kremlin policies. Liberal politicians and groups claim Russia is not free. Nationalists, on the other hand, say Putin is soft on economic reform. Putin, however, is exactly where he wants to be - between the left and the right. The political party Rodina (Motherland bloc) attracted just as many, if not more, people who accused Putin's Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and the Kremlin's economic liberals of corruption, being soft on the country's enormously unpopular "oligarchs," and of economic incompetence.    

NASA Investigates Revolutionary Space Exploration Concepts - SpaceDaily  Left:  A Penn State artist's concept of an antimatter-powered Mars ship with equipment and crew landers at the right, and the engine, with magnetic nozzles, at left.  If the concepts prove feasible, space explorers may one day deploy superconducting cables that magnetically inflate to form the structure of a space telescope one kilometer across; launch a satellite with a magnetic scoop to mine the radiation belts surrounding Earth for antimatter fuel; or enjoy a feast from a food replicator that creates a variety of meals from a few common ingredients. A structural electrodynamic propulsion study has been funded with Tethers Unlimited, the space elevator company.

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