1/25/2005:

Intermediate Word:  Cambrian (a) pertaining to the Spanish isle  (b first Period in the Paleozoic Era  (c) old Irish  (d) heavy linen designer fabric
Difficult Word: -nosology - deals with  (a)
olfactory organs  (b) lines of principal descent  (c) international treaties  (d) diseases

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Robot - SpaceDaily  Will robots one day rule the world? For decades this notion has both fascinated and terrified humans, our hungry imagination fed by Hollywood blockbusters and sci-fi novels. Now a new generation of robots promises a breakthrough in the world of Artificial Intelligence as they become capable of cognitive thought processes. The 2005 Fourth British Computer Society's Annual Prize for Progress towards Machine Intelligence sponsored by Electrolux has been won by IFOMIND, a mobile robot system that demonstrates intelligence as it meets a new object in its world. IFOMIND reacts initially in an 'instinctive' way to its first perception of an unknown object that it encounters; at first it is generally fearful. So, the robot observes the object from a distance and takes note of how it behaves and how it reacts to different approaches; the robot is then able to decide on the best approach or whether to avoid it.   
Nano World: Magnet Nanostructure For Chips - SpaceDaily  Left:  This diagram depicts a magnetic logic element from a magnetic random access memory chip. The three red rectangles represent input lines and the orange rectangle an output line. The three input lines, two more than an ordinary magnetic random access memory element, make it possible for the cell to perform the four basic logic operations of computing. Credits: Paul Drude Institute.   Alexandra Imre and their colleagues at Notre Dame and the Technical University of Munich have developed a magnetic equivalent of a transistor. This universal logic gate is made from nickel-iron magnetic "islands" only 70 nanometers wide. Imre, Porod and their colleagues developed more complicated networks of nanomagnets that can, like transistors, perform logic computations when correctly arranged.  

Did German Spies Help Bomb Iraq? - SpaceDaily  German spies helped target Saddam Hussein for American bombers to launch the Iraq War, according to German media reports timed to appear on the day that Germany's new Chancellor arrives in Washington. The reports of close U.S.-German intelligence cooperation in Iraq, even as the then German government was denouncing the war, should help buttress Merkel's insistence that Germany and the United State remain firm friends, even if they sometimes differ. All along, behind the scenes, Germany's intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) was highly active inside Iraq, and their reports were forwarded directly to their American counterparts.    




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