7/26/2005:

Intermediate Word:  heimal - pertaining to  (a) marriage  (b) winter  (c) home  (d) ancient times
Difficult Word: - cachinnation  (a) ruffled flounce  (b) trance state  (c) embarrassing situation  (d) ribald laughter

China Ready To Use Nuclear Weapons Against US Over Taiwan: Media - SpaceDaily  "If the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided ammunition on to the target zone on China's territory, I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons," said General Zhu Chenghu. "We ... will prepare ourselves for the destruction of all of the cities east of Xian. Of course the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds ... of cities will be destroyed by the Chinese." Xian is an ancient city in central China. Zhu said the comments represented his personal view and not the policy of the government. Nonetheless, his threat to use nuclear weapons is the most specific by a senior Chinese official in nearly a decade. Analysts said the comments were largely rhetoric but also indicated that Beijing wanted to show the United States it was serious about Taiwan. China's military spending has risen at an average double-digit rate.  
Political analyst and author Charles Leadbeater Co-opting the creative revolution  - BBC  Digital technology is providing people with the tools to produce and share content like never before, and it is set to throw the relationship between them and institutions into turmoil, say experts. "I am predicting 50 years of chaos," says leading digital thinker Clay Shirky. "Loosely organised groups will be increasingly given leverage. Institutions will come under increasing degrees of pressures and the more rigid they are, the more pressures they will come under. The mountain bike was created out of the frustrations of a few northern Californians who were dissatisfied with ordinary bikes and racers.   

Humanity's future lies in the stars says X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis

Pushing for the next giant leap  Humans have a "moral imperative" to open up space as a "new frontier", says X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis. He also believes that within the next decade humans will find ubiquitous life on Mars and, in our lifetime, millions of people will be going into space. "If you think about space, everything we hold of value on this planet is in infinite supply there," Mr Diamandis explains. "Nasa-type projects are vastly expensive, partly because they are risk averse. "So I think that any future for manned space exploration should be private sponsorship by people who are prepared to take the risk and cut corners," Sir Martin Rees argued. 




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