10/7/2004:

Intermediate Word:  vaquero   (a) stagecoach station  (b) cowboy  (c) wealthy landowner  (d) troubadour
Difficult Word: - catechism  (a) moral code  (b) book that uses questions and answers to teach religion  (c) tear in a ligament  (d) declaration of faith for a particular denomination

U.S. Satellites: Public Protection or Illegal Spying? - SpaceDaily In the name of homeland security, America's spy imagery agency is keeping a close eye, close to home. It's watching America. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, about 100 employees of a little-known branch of the Defense Department called the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency -- and some of the country's most sophisticated aerial imaging equipment -- have focused on observing what's going on in the United States.   
Supernova Warning System Will Give Astronomers Earlier Notice - SpaceDaily  A Supernova Early Warning System (SNEWS) that detects ghostlike neutrino particles that are the earliest emanations from the immense, explosive death throes of large stars will alert astronomers of the blasts before they can see the flash. SNEWS "could allow astronomers a chance to make unprecedented observations of the very early turn-on of the supernova," wrote the authors of an article about the new system in the September issue of the "New Journal of Physics". They also noted that "no supernova has ever been observed soon after its birth."

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Herbal remedies 'do work'  - BBC  Scientific tests on a range of traditional remedies have shown they have "real benefits", researchers say. Experts from King's College London said the treatments from around the world had properties which may help treat conditions such as diabetes and cancer. The remedies included India's curry leaf tree, reputed to treat diabetes. The researchers examined Indian diabetes treatments, Ghanaian wound healing agents and cancer treatments used in China and Thailand. In a third study,researchers from King's College studied Thai and Chinese plants used as traditional remedies in the treatment of cancer. They saw "promising activity".





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