Intermediate Word: 
  (a) oily  (b) coat of downy fur   (c) melancholy  (d) attached to an idea, place, or person
Difficult Word: - gadroon   (a) scoundrel  (b) East Asian duck  (c) convex ornamental molding  (d) pusillanimous poltroon

NOAA, Partners Hail Major Space Communications Breakthrough - SpaceDaily  A new, high-speed data chipset is poised to move communication in space 100 times faster than existing integrated circuits used in space. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials today said the chipset, developed as the first of its kind for space applications, will be used in the future National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System set to launch in 2009. The chipset, working with its software driver, can move data at speeds of 100 million bits per second. The chipset is designed to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE 1394) standard. IEEE 1394 technology is commonly used in the commercial transport of audio-visual data, including digital television, graphics-intensive video games and digital photography. "This chipset permits plug-and-play networking."
Ozone Loss Caused Genetic Mutations At Time Of Mass Extinction - SpaceDaily  Research into the world's worst mass extinction, which led to the loss of 90 per cent of living species 250 million years ago, has found that the historical tragedy also involved some disturbing genetics mutations. "In our work we have found that at the time of the end-Permian extinction increased amounts of ultraviolet light filtered through the Earth's surface and caused damage to the DNA in plant spores. The results were abnormalities that prevented plant life from reproducing and a consequent collapse of terrestrial ecosystems," says Dr Sephton. 

It Isn't A UFO, It's A Space-Age Car - SpaceDaily  The world's fastest solar-powered car is being driven through Sweden and Norway. The car was made with the help of space technology and can reach a top speed of 170 km/h. Nuna 2 is powered by solar energy and is covered entirely by solar cell panels. By travelling 3010 km in 31 hours and five minutes, Nuna 2 won the World Solar Challenge in Australia in October 2003. The car was built and driven by students from Delft University in The Netherlands. In Sweden, students from the Civil Engineering Programme in Space Technology in Kiruna, one of many space programmes in Sweden, are also participating.

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