8/18/2005:

Intermediate Word:  baleful(a) an amount equal to a full bale  (b) adequate  (c) ominous  (d) rueful
Difficult Word: - majuscule  (a) slow and majestic  (b) divided even-handedly  (c) formal artistic style   (d) oversized letter

India's Smoking Gun: Dino-Killing Eruptions - SpaceDaily  New discoveries about the timing and speed of gigantic, 6500-foot (2-km) thick lava flows that poured out of the ground 65 million years ago could shift the blame for killing the dinos. The Deccan Traps of India are one of Earth's largest lava flows ever, with the potential of having wreaked havoc with the climate of the Earth - if they erupted and released climate-changing gases quickly enough. "Our working hypothesis is that the majority of the total volume of lava might have been erupted in only a few major events spread over only a small fraction of millennia," said Anne-Lise Chenet.    
China Expected To Launch Lunar Probe Satellite In 2007 - SpaceDaily  China is expected to launch its first ever lunar probe satellite in 2007, given that the country's moon exploration project has so far been proceeding smoothly, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). "After the lunar flight, China will carry out soft landing exploration and auto inspection missions on the moon, with the core part being the realization of landing probes on the moon surface and carrying out scientific exploration," he said. "A basic space flight engineering system, including that for moon soft landing probes and moon surface inspectors, should then be established," he said.    

The optical afterglow of the 24 July burst was captured by the William Herschel Telescope on La Palma in the Canary Islands (Image: K Wiersema et al)

Astronomers unravel cosmic explosion mystery - New Scientist  Astronomers have taken a big leap towards solving a long-standing mystery the source of the titanic cosmic explosions called short gamma-ray bursts. The breakthrough came when, for the first time, astronomers were able to accurately pinpoint the locations of two recent short GRBs. They traced the bursts to relatively distant galaxies, bolstering the prevailing theory that the GRBs arise from collisions involving dense stellar corpses, called neutron stars. GRBs are volleys of very high energy photons that can originate from any direction in the sky and come in two classes. "Long" bursts last from seconds to minutes and have been found to coincide with powerful supernovae, suggesting they form when massive stars explode and their cores collapse into black holes.    




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