Intermediate Word:  grenadine (a) soldier of the French Revolution  (b high fur hat worn by grenadiers  (c) card game similar to pinochle  (d) pomegranate syrup
Difficult Word: -quean - (a)
disreputable woman  (b) individual ship berth along a quay  (c) item that drops on the floor and can't be found  (d) bitter complaint

Transmitting to a Million Worlds - Space.com  Hardly a week goes by without some keyboard correspondent reluctantly telling me that SETI has a honking big problem. "Even if the Galaxy is brimming with intelligent life," they’ll gravely intone, "SETI has virtually no chance of success." Their reasoning is this: the probability that SETI’s receiving antennas are pointed at the aliens’ world just when their transmitting antennas are aimed at ours is vanishingly small.     
SuperVision For US Military - SpaceDaily  PixelOptics has announced that it will receive $3.5 million from the Defense Department to develop SuperVision, a technology that enables our military men and women to have better than 20/20 vision. The spatial density of light receptors in the retina, however, is enough to allow human eyes to see better than 20/20, perhaps as well as 20/08. However, higher-order aberrations in the eye prevent us from attaining this "SuperVision" (the ability to have optimized vision better than 20/20). Certain aberrations (e.g., coma, spherical aberration, trefoil, unconventional astigmatism are not correctable with current conventional lenses     

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New Anti-Blindness Drug  - Technology Review   In the past, treatments for age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in those over 60 in the United States, were limited to slowing down the progression of the disease. Now a new drug, just submitted for approval to the Food and Drug Administration, shows hope of actually restoring lost vision in a substantial number of patients. 95% of the patients who received the drug showed either stabilized or improved vision. The vision for over one-third of those who received the higher of two doses of the drug improved by three lines on an eye chart    

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