Intermediate Word:  ramose   (a) branching  (b) aggressive  (c) pertaining to a ram  (d) made of plant fiber
Difficult Word: - jussive   (a) depressed  (b) wearing out at an unusally rapid rate  (c) expressing command  (d) dramatic

Honeybees Defy Dino-Killing Nuclear Winter - SpaceDaily  Left:  Late Cretaceous tropical honeybees preserved in amber are almost identical to their modern relatives, Kozisek says. If no modern tropical honeybee could have survived years in the dark and cold without the flowering plants they lived off, something must be amiss with the nuclear winter theory, Kozisek reasons. Modern tropical honeybees have an optimal temperature range of 88 to 93 degrees F (31-34C) in order to maintain vital metabolic activities. That's also the range that's best for their food source: nectar-rich flowering plants. any post-impact winter event could not have dropped temperatures more than 4 to 13 degrees F (2-7C) without wiping out the bees.  
Image of DNA Gene find could combat blindness  - BBC  A team at Leeds University located the faulty DNA code behind a rare form of retinal disease called familiam exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) that runs in families. Scientists had already pinpointed one gene on chromosome 11 that appeared to cause FEVR. When they looked closer they found a second gene on the same chromosome that was linked to the condition. They hope it will lead to earlier detection and intervention and possibly new treatments for things such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, which are the leading causes of blindness in the western world.   

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Food formula 'increases lifespan'  - BBC  Left:  MultiBene reduces the effect of fatty food.  A formula added to food could have the potential to extend the lives of obese people by 20%, scientists believe.  Finnish researchers found the formula of plant sterols and mineral nutrients extended the lives of obese rats by 60% when it was mixed with fatty food. The benefits of plant sterols, which are added to some margarines, are already known. But the scientists said it was the combination of the sterols and the nutrients - calcium, potassium and magnesium - which had an effect. "In reality a person will have to eat such large quantities to have any significant effect."

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