9/15/2005:

Intermediate Word:  soubrette (a) saucy lady's maid  (b) lightly braised brisket  (c) hairdresser  (d) cafe curtain
Difficult Word: - moulin  (a) a charge of unlawful trespass  (b) vertical shaft in glacier held open by falling water  (c) sheep  (d) cabaret

The Next Space Age Is Coming - SpaceDaily  Space Frontier Conference 14, which will be held in Los Angeles on October 21-23, is set to celebrate the Next Space Age a time when you and your children can finally achieve the dream of going into space, when private citizens will live and work in space, and where Earth will benefit from a vibrant space sector. It may not be apparent yet, but all of the elements of this revolution are finally coming together into a force that will change the way we view space and our place in the universe within a few short years. For example, the flights of Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth and the X-Prize have shown us that space is not the exclusive domain of governments. You can buy tickets right now to ride into space on Virgin Galactic and even take a trip around the Moon! Access to space will completely revolutionize the way we live our lives here on Earth.   
Enceladus May Hold Ingredients Of Life - SpaceDaily  Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus is "absolutely" a highlight of the Cassini mission and should be targeted in future searches for life, Robert H. Brown of The University of Arizona, leader of the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team, said last week. Nothing explained how tiny Enceladus -- only 314 miles across -- could get hot enough to melt. It seemingly doesn't have enough interior rocks for radioactive heating, an eccentric enough orbit for tidal heating, or enough ammonia to lower its melting temperature. After Voyager, researchers shelved Enceladus as an unsolvable problem for a while.     

Image of Mars, Nasa

Martian volcanoes 'may be active'  - BBC  Fields of volcanic cones discovered at the North Pole of Mars suggest the Red Planet could still be geologically active, scientists have said. The cones, seen in images from Europe's Mars Express probe, have no blemishes from impact craters. This suggests the volcanoes erupted very recently and that the sites could have ongoing volcanism. "Mars is a planet that was very recently active - maybe one, or two, or three million years ago. And in some areas, I have the impression it is really ongoing," said Dr Neukum, of the Free University in Berlin, Germany. There may be 50-100 of the volcanic cones covering a flank of the North Pole about one million square kilometres in area. They are between 300m (980ft) and 600m (1,970ft) tall, said Dr Neukum. Scientists can estimate the ages of these cones by counting their impact craters.  




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