1/30/2005:

Intermediate Word:  acolyte (a) medical beverage used to rebuild electrolyte levels  (b) priest's assistant  (c) lithium ore  (d) Bessemer conversion crucible
Difficult Word: lapillus -  (a)
 valve between the small and large intestines   (b) air valve in the throat of an amphibian  (c) pillow on which Roman victor's crown was carried  (d) solidified lava fragment

Powering Britain: How the UK could meet its energy needs and carbon targets  - BBC  The UK's energy debate has been framed wrongly, argues analyst Kevin Anderson. He believes we should be looking at issues of demand and efficiency, and not so much at the problem of supply. How much, for example, have the UK's forays into Afghanistan and Iraq cost the tax payer? Until such costs are factored into the analysis, economic comparisons between fossil fuels and nuclear are essentially meaningless. Tyndall's Decarbonizing the UK report set out a low-consumption future that achieved a 47% reduction in energy demand by 2050.    
Did typhoid fever bring ancient Athens to its knees?  - BBC  Between 430 and 426 BC the plague killed almost a third of the Athenian population and its armed forces, along with the city's leader and mastermind of Athenian glory, Pericles. Between 430 and 426 BC the plague killed almost a third of the Athenian population and its armed forces, along with the city's leader and mastermind of Athenian glory, Pericles. An ancient strain of the organism causing typhoid fever was found to be present in the dental pulp of all three dental samples. Scientists have long debated the cause of the plague that ended Athenian dominance of the classical world.   

Q&A: 'Spy rock' How might the alleged hi-tech spying device actually work?  - BBC   Russia's intelligence agency, the FSB, has accused British agents of storing and exchanging classified information using a fake rock on a Russian street. It says the hi-tech stone is "absolutely new spy technology". The UK has not commented on the rock allegation. Any gadget that can swap data wirelessly would be able to work with the rock but the most likely candidates would be mobile phones and handheld computers - known as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). To avoid looking suspicious, those involved in the alleged data theft might have turned to a widely available gadget.  




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