8/23/2005:

Intermediate Word:  talus(a) large nevus  (b) digging claw (c) rocky debris  (d) boundary where tectonic plates abut
Difficult Word: - vambrace  (a) armor for the forearm  (b) wheel bracket  (c) shoulder brace  (d) clamp for clamping veneer to wood

Warming Most Evident At High Latitudes, But Greatest Impact To Be In Tropics - SpaceDaily  Left:  "Temperatures in the tropics don't fluctuate that much, so the relatively small temperature shifts predicted by climate change models will be very large in relation to what organisms are adapted to tolerate."  The impact of global warming has become obvious in high latitude regions, including Alaska, Siberia and the Arctic, where melting ice and softening tundra are causing profound changes. "You see this and you think the higher latitudes are really being hammered by climate change. We are arguing that this might not be true,"  To predict the impact of climate change, we need to know the amount of change and how organisms are able to tolerate that change.  The more dramatic impact could actually be in the moist tropics, despite modeling that indicates temperatures there will warm just 2 or 3 degrees by 2100 compared with 6 degrees or more at higher latitudes, Tewksbury said. 
SpaceX Private Rocket Shifts to Island Launch - Space.com  Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of El Segundo, California is putting in place private rocket facilities at a Kwajalein Atoll launch area in the western Pacific Ocean. The groupís hoped for premier takeoff of the Falcon 1 booster at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was stymied by an on-going delay of a Titan 4 rocket launch carrying a classified payload.     

Powerful Mineral Mapper Headed To Mars - SpaceDaily  Left: Peering through a telescope with a 4-inch (10-centimeter) aperture, and with a greater capability to map spectral variations than any similar instrument sent to another planet, CRISM will read 544 "colors" in reflected sunlight to detect minerals in the surface. Its highest resolution is about 20 times sharper than any previous look at Mars in infrared wavelengths.  With unprecedented clarity, CRISM will map areas on the martian surface down to house-sized scales ≠ as small as 60 feet (about 18 meters) across ≠ when the spacecraft is in its average orbit altitude of about 190 miles (more than 300 kilometers). Its primary job: look for the residue of minerals that form in the presence of water.    




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