Intermediate Word: epitome (a) legend on a tombstone (b)
(c) brief summary (d) offering
remontant (a) blooms more thanonce a season
(b) succeeding mountains are higher (c) accelerating (d)
succeeding reflections in front and back mirrors
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Takes Shape -
mission is the first concrete step in laying the groundwork for humans
to go back to the moon,” said Jim Garvin, the lead scientist for moon
and Mars exploration. Set for a 2008 launch,
the probe is expected to circle the moon for at least one year and
return detailed maps of the lunar surface, data on the moon’s
radiation levels and an in-depth look at its polar regions for resources
that could be tapped by future astronauts.
Changes His Mind on Black Holes -
almost 30 years of arguing that a black hole swallows up everything that
falls into it, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking backpedaled Thursday. In
doing so, he lost one of the most famous bets in recent scientific
history. The world-famous author of a "Brief History of Time"
said he and other scientists had gotten it wrong the galactic traps may
in fact allow information to escape. "A black hole only appears to
form but later opens up and releases information about what fell inside.
So we can be sure of the past and predict the future."
the Real Robots Please Rise? -
of this summer's so-called "event" films, Alex Proyas' I,
Robot melds ideas from Asimov's collection of short stories on a
robot future and a previously developed script into a sci-fi thriller
about a robot accused of killing its creator and, from what I could see
in the preview, a robot rebellion. Its dystopian view of 2035
initially concerned me, since I really don't want people to think that
the future of robots is a dark nightmare of role reversal, where robots
break Asimov's three laws and we become slaves to them. But does it
have any relation to reality? Are we actually on a trajectory that will
take us from Sony's QRIO and Honda's Asimo straight to I, Robot's
stunning central robotic character, Sonny?
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