9/9/2004:

Intermediate Word:  beleagured  (a) allied with  (b) moving with great speed  (c) advised to  (d) besieged
Difficult Word: - hairstreak  (a) paintbrush bristle streaking paint  (b) streak of white in darker hair  (c) butterfly   (d) divining rod

Two Neptune-Mass Planets Found, Earth-Size Worlds Next - Space.com  Planet hunters have found two worlds roughly the mass of Neptune, each orbiting a star within 30 light-years of our solar system. The planets are likely gaseous or mixtures of ice and rock, but they might be barren rock worlds like Mercury. The announcement today by a U.S. team comes just a week after a competing European group revealed a similar discovery of a slightly less massive planet that most likely has a rocky surface and was billed as a "super Earth." 
Answer to gridlock may be up in air: Boeing, NASA work on flying car - Seattle Times  Left:  Lynne Wenberg, senior manager of Boeing's project to develop a flying car, holds a remote-control helicopter/car hybrid that engineers created. Wenberg is standing in front of the 1968 Taylor Aerocar III on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.  Within five years, NASA researchers hope to develop technology for a small airplane that can fly out of regional airports, costs less than $100,000, is as quiet as a motorcycle and as simple to operate as a car. 

Skyblazer

A Flying Leap for Cars - Business Week  That's right, efforts to take personal transportation airborne are progressing rapidly. "Air taxis" will come first. Then...
    Giants including carmakers Honda (HMC ) and Toyota (TM ) are developing prototypes of small flying devices. Helped by advances in nanotechnology, microelectronics, and robotics, researchers from the likes of NASA, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Florida are developing new flight-related technologies, designed to make piloting an aircraft easier than driving a car. Air taxis, which would carry anywhere from four to eight passengers on shorter rides between smaller, now-underused airports, could become available in the next three to four years.





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