7/11/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
thalassic
  pertaining to  (a) metamorphic rocks  (b) foreign incursions  (c) the sea  (d) private ownership
Difficult Word: - novercal  (a) pertaining to a stepmother  (b) novitiate nun  (c) call for prayer played by chimes  (d) newly minted

Jet, Europe's 'star' Nuclear fusion decision 'urgent'  - BBC  Left: "Star power" plasma   Professor Yevgeny Velikov, who has been working on nuclear fusion since 1978, said it was important to decide the site in the next three months. The countries of the Iter Consortium are deadlocked over whether to build the reactor in France or Japan. Professor Velikov said a commercial fusion reactor could open in 30 years. I proposed that we should in fact have two sites; one the physical base of the reactor and the other a science centre. Even when it was, he did not expect fission reactors to be phased out, because a world population of up to 10 billion people would need every possible energy source.
Televisual representation of Homo erectus, BBC Skull fuels Homo erectus debate  - BBC  The fossilised skull of a hominid that lived 930,000 years ago has been found in Kenya, Science magazine reports. The creature may have belonged to the species Homo erectus, says the team which found it, even though its skull is smaller than previously seen. One camp claims H. erectus came in many shapes and sizes, while the other says it contains several species - which are incorrectly lumped together. H. erectus lived between about two million and 400,000 years ago. According to one view, it evolved in Africa, but gradually migrated through the Old World.

Hubble Telescope, Hubble

Hubble discovers 100 new planets  - BBC  The Hubble Space Telescope may have discovered as many as 100 new planets orbiting stars in our galaxy. Hubble's harvest comes from a sweep of thousands of stars in the dome-like bulge of the Milky Way. If confirmed it would almost double the number of planets known to be circling other stars to about 230. The discovery will lend support to the idea that almost every sunlike star in our galaxy, and probably the Universe, is accompanied by planets. The astronomers expect it should be possible to study the atmospheres of between 10% and 20% of the planets discovered.





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