10/6/2005:

Intermediate Word:  gaggle (a) to stare in astonishment  (b) a mitt for holding hot pans   (c) a group  (d) 
Difficult Word: - blintz  (a) compression bandage covering large wounds.  (b) obese person  (c) cottage-cheese-and-sour-cream-filled pancake (d) a noddy

New, Healthful Compound Discovered In Exotic Lentils - Science Daily  Beluga black lentils glisten and shimmer when they are cooked, showing off the rich, dark-black sheen of their namesake--Beluga caviar. Although these attractive, nutritious members of the pea and bean family have been a culinary favorite for thousands of years, it is only recently that scientists have unlocked the secret of their appealing color. Anthocyanins are responsible for the attractive reds, blues and purples of many flowers, fruits and vegetables, according to Takeoka. He's examining Beluga black lentils and other legumes as candidate ingredients for an array of new, healthful and great-tasting snacks. A crispy, low-calorie, low-fat lentil snack that Takeoka and coinvestigators are working to create may offer a satisfying alternative to high-fat products. Beluga black lentils are a tiny, quick-cooking, specialty food used in salads, winter soups or other dishes. Perhaps better known in Europe and Asia than in the United States, this mild-flavored lentil is high in protein and a good source of magnesium, iron, zinc, B vitamins and carbohydrates. Takeoka, who is in the ARS Processed Foods Research Unit, did the lentil work in the agency's Western Regional Research Center in Albany, Calif. He and co-researchers described the new anthocyanin, delphinidin-3-O-(2-O-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-alpha-L-arabinopyranoside). earlier this year in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.  
Case Astronomers Find Vast Stellar Web Spun By Colliding Galaxies - Science Daily  Left:  The deep, wide-field image of the Virgo Cluster, revealing its complex web of diffuse intracluster light. The dark circles are areas where bright foreground stars in our own galaxy have been masked out of the image. (Image courtesy of Case Western Reserve University).  Case Western Reserve University astronomers have captured the deepest wide-field image ever of the nearby Virgo cluster of galaxies, directly revealing for the first time a vast, complex web of "intracluster starlight" -- nearly 1,000 times fainter than the dark night sky -- filling the space  between the galaxies within the cluster. The streamers, plumes and cocoons that make up this extremely faint starlight are made of stars ripped out of galaxies as they collide with one another inside the cluster.

Hubble Finds Mysterious Disk Of Blue Stars Around A Black Hole - Science Daily  Left:  Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have identified the source of a mysterious blue light surrounding a supermassive black hole in our neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy (M31). Though the light has puzzled astronomers for more than a decade, the new discovery makes the story even more mysterious. (Image courtesy of European Space Agency/Hubble Space Telescope  These stars are whipping around the black hole in much the same way as planets in our solar system are revolving around the Sun. Astronomers are perplexed about how the pancake-shaped disk of stars could form so close to a giant black hole. Astronomers also have collected what they say is ironclad evidence for the existence of the monster black hole.   




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