Intermediate Word:  henry (a) two-dollar bill  (b) unit of electrical inductance  (c) a marijuana "joint"  (d) slang for a candy bar
Difficult Word:
  trompe l'oiel - (a) flourish of trumpets  (b) large trampoline  (c) swift and overwhelming conquest  (d) giving the illusion of photographic reality

Surprising Activity from a Dead Star - Space.com  A distinctive feature of black holes is the discharge of narrow jets that shoot matter into space in a continuous stream near the speed of light. But NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has recently found one of these jets around a dense stellar corpse known as a neutron star. “Now that Spitzer has revealed a steady jet coming from a neutron star in an X-ray binary system, we know that the jets must be fueled by something that both systems share.”       
China growth unsustainable on all counts, must change- economist - SpaceDaily  China's growth model, based on the West's economic model with its massive appetite for resources and increasing environmental degradation is unsustainable and will have to change, a leading environmentalist said Tuesday. Lester Brown, head of the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute, told reporters in Beijing that China's current path could not be maintained at either the national or international level. "The Western economic model -- the fossil fuel based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy -- will not work for China," Brown said. "If it doesn't work for China, it will not work for India or the three billion other people in developing countries who are also dreaming the American dream."   

Sea-Surface Warming Linked to Worse Tropical Storms Activity - SpaceDaily  Climate researchers said Tuesday they may have found a connection between rising sea-surface temperatures over the past 40 years and more intense tropical storm activity across the globe. Researchers at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., said the evidence supports the hypothesis that rising temperatures of tropical waters – both on the surface and just below the surface - are causing more intense cyclones in the southern Pacific Ocean and hurricanes, their rotational opposites, in the Atlantic Ocean. The research also supports a popular notion that warming global average temperatures are contributing to increasingly severe and more frequent tropical storms - such as Hurricane Katrina, a Category 4 storm that devastated New Orleans, La.

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