Intermediate Word: poilu (a) French front-line soldier in
WWI (b) poached egg (c) letter-opener (d) stage
turbary (a) a peat bog
(b) knitted, cylindrical, woolen cap (c) tree with soft, light wood (d)
cat: At play with US pet cloning firm's furry miracles
cats were born through the technique of chromatin transfer.
A US company offering a pet cloning service has successfully
cloned two cats: Tabouli and Baba Ganoush. BBC News Online's Maggie
Shiels is the first British journalist to see them. Here, she tells of
meeting the copy cats. Genetic Savings and Clone (GSC), which is
based in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco, is the world's first
firm to go commercial and offer the public the chance to clone their
cats and dogs. Five cat owners have already signed up at a cost of
$50,000 to have their pets copied.
'mankind's gravest threat'
- BBC Left: We
are making good progress in reducing the threat of asteroid impacts.
Giant tsunamis, super volcanoes and earthquakes could pose a greater
threat than terrorism, scientists claim. Giant walls of water that can
devastate coastal cities, volcanoes so big that their ash crushes houses
1,500km (932 miles) away, giant earthquakes and asteroid impacts. These
are very rare events and, if we are lucky, nothing like them will happen
in our lifetimes. "In any one year the chances of one of these
things happening is probably much less than 1%," said Bill McGuire,
director of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre. "But in the
longer term it is 100%. The last "super volcanic eruption" was
back in April 1815, when Tambora in Indonesia exploded violently, in
what was the largest eruption in historic time.
sights Milky Way's 'twin'
- BBC Left: The
spiral galaxy is some 50 miillion light-years away from Earth.
A stunning image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a galaxy that
looks like a twin of our own. NGC 3949 is a large spiral galaxy and, in
astronomical terms at least, is relatively nearby at around 50 million
light-years away from Earth. Like the Milky Way, NGC 3949 has a blue
disc of young stars peppered with bright pink star-birth regions. In
contrast to the blue disc, the bright central bulge is made up mainly of
older, redder stars. It is a member of more than 50 galaxies located in
the direction of the Big Dipper, in the constellation Ursa Major (The
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