8/20/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
poilu
  (a) French front-line soldier in WWI  (b) poached egg   (c) letter-opener  (d) stage grip
Difficult Word: - turbary   (a) a peat bog  (b) knitted, cylindrical, woolen cap  (c) tree with soft, light wood  (d) a squab

Clone cat Copy cat: At play with US pet cloning firm's furry miracles  - BBC  Left:  The 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.
A fictional asteroid hits Earth, Nasa Nature '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.

Hubble 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 Great Bear).





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