The European Union has launched the first satellite of a major satellite system that will monitor the health of the earth. The multi-billion dollar “Copernicus” program could help the EU Space Agency move to the forefront of space research and development. One of the main goals of the satellite system is to observe climate change. If the program goes as planned, all six satellites, named Sentinel 1 through 6, will be launched by 2019. Data collected will be used to predict and monitor natural disasters, such as earthquakes, and to make decisions about environmental policies, such as fishing.
Camels could be source of deadly virus
Scientists studying a deadly virus say they are closer to finding its source. Research suggests that camels could be responsible for passing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - or MERS - to humans. The study is published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. The BBC's Science reporter Rebecca Morelle has more.
This deadly virus first emerged in the Middle East last year. So far, it's infected nearly 100 people, killing about half of them - and scientists have been striving to understand how it spreads.
Now tests have revealed that dromedary camels in Oman and the Canary Islands have signs of the virus in their blood. Scientists have found antibodies that show that the animals were once infected with the Mers virus, or one that's very similar.
This, though, doesn't offer definitive proof that camels are reservoirs for the disease. For that, scientists need to look at animals from the country where the virus is most prevalent - Saudi Arabia - to see if they carry the infection. Researchers say confirming the source of the virus is a priority and will be crucial for halting its spread.
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If you back out, you decide not to do something that you previously agreed to do.
Madonna backed out of the project after much wrangling.
Wells was supposed to put up half the money, but later backed out.
Synonyms: withdraw, retire, give up, pull out
If you back off, you move away in order to avoid problems or a fight.
If you tell someone to back off, you are telling them to stop interfering.
If you back down, you withdraw a claim, demand, or commitment that you made earlier, because other people are strongly opposed to it.
7. A great opportunity has justcome… for a job in the marketing department. - up
8. To get the permits in time, we had to find a way to … all the bureaucracy. - to cut through
9. "How do you account … the increase in production costs? – for
10. find more money
11. know the ropes.
to have a thorough understanding of a particular sphere of activity
to be experienced in the ways of the world
To 'get off scot-free' means 'to get away with something without being punished
12. flat broke
13. larged it up
14. soften the blow