1/6/2005:

Intermediate Word:  cantonment (a) red roundworm  (b temporary troop quarters  (c) Hot beverage consisting of green tea, chocolate, coffee, honey and lemon juice  (d) cheese-filled pastry
Difficult Word: - cocotte - (a)
prostitute  (b) crepe cocotte  (c) flirt  (d) frilly lace maid's apron

His Car Smelling Like French Fries, Willie Nelson Sells Biodiesel  - NY Times  Willie Nelson drives a Mercedes. But do not lose faith, true believers. The exhaust from Mr. Nelson's diesel-powered Mercedes smells like peanuts, or French fries, or whatever alternative fuel  While Bono tries to change the world by hobnobbing with politicians and Sir Bob Geldof plays host to his mega-benefit concerts, Willie Nelson has birthed his own brand of alternative fuel. It is called, fittingly enough, BioWillie. BioWillie is a type of biodiesel, a fuel that can be made from any number of crops and run in a normal diesel engine. Biodiesel can cost as much as a $1 a gallon more than regular diesel when pure, though it is typically sold as B20--20% biodiesel, 80% conventional diesel (pure biodiesel can congeal in colder climates). But some studies show that it increases emissions of one harmful pollutant, nitrogen oxide, and it could not be produced in vast enough quantities to supplant oil-based fuel, or come close to it, unless the nation starts turning the suburbs over to farmland, driving up food prices  
Fast Track For Innovative Space Technologies - SpaceDaily  Left:  An ITI project developed an innovative control system for a planetary rover. It is based on an artificially intelligent cognitive system that integrates data from a multi-sensor system with three different layers of data interpretation. This can be used to continuously 'see' the surroundings and help the rover to drive around rocks and other obstacles. Credits: Aerospace Engineering Department at Politecnico di Milano  A novel astronaut training system, innovative planetary landing technology and hydrogen gas storage in 0.1-mm micro-spheres are just some of the innovative ideas presented during the first Innovation Triangle Initiative (ITI) Final Presentation Day (FPD) at ESTEC.    

Hwang Woo-suk

Key blow for S Korea clone work  - BBC  South Korea's disgraced human cloning scientist did not produce any stem cells tailored to individual patients as claimed, a panel has concluded. Correspondents say the finding is important as individually-tailored stem cells were seen as a key to treating diseases like diabetes and Alzheimers. The scientist maintains he has developed technology to produce such stem cells. The panel said it would continue its investigation into other research by Dr Hwang, including the authenticity of a cloned Afghan hound which was claimed to be the world's first cloned dog. The controversy caused shockwaves in South Korea.   




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