Intermediate Word:  altercate(a) to dispute  (b) to equivocate  (c) to genuflect  (d) to change one's apparel
Difficult Word: - madras  (a) striped awning material  (b) large handkerchief used as a turban  (c) young lady's chaperone  (d) cigar

Icy Moon Enceladus Source Of Mysterious Hot Spots  - Science Daily   A researcher at Southwest Research Institute, working with scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on data from the NASA Cassini Saturn orbiter, has found heat leaking out of the south polar region of Saturn's tiny icy moon, Enceladus. This find makes Enceladus only the third place in the solar system, after Earth and Jupiter's volcanic moon Io, where "hot spots" associated with ongoing geological activity have been detected. Enceladus has been a puzzle since the first pictures of it were taken by the Voyager spacecraft in the early 1980s. It is only 500 kilometers (300 miles)in diameter - so small that it ought to be cold and dead - yet its surface is torn by innumerable fractures, indicating great geological violence in the relatively recent past. It is also the brightest moon in the solar system, with a surface that is almost pure white.  
China Plans To Have A Quarter Of The Country Forested By 2020  - Science Daily  China plans to have a quarter of the country covered by forest within 15 years as it tries to repair the damage loggers have done to fuel the runaway economy, state media said Monday. The State Forestry Administration said forest coverage will reach 23 percent in the next 10 to 15 years, an increase of five percent. "The increase in forests will outpace what the country consumed or lost during the growth of its economy," administration director Zhou Shengxian was quoted as saying by the China Daily.    

US To Send Manned Flight To The Moon By 2018: Repor - Science Daily  The United States plans to send four astronauts to the Moon by 2018, as a first step toward an eventual mission to Mars, according to NASA documents published by a US newspaper. The plan also foresees crews building a lunar outpost, complete with living quarters and a power plant, and scavenge the desolate landscape for fuel and water aboard high-tech dune buggies, the Orlando Sentinel daily said. The space travelers would blast off on rockets derived from the space shuttle, but would parachute back to Earth in capsules similar to those used in the Apollo program that landed the first man on the Moon.    

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