11/23/2005:

Intermediate Word:  invective (a) installation ceremony  (b) a cerement  (c) an abusive expression  (d)  evening prayer
Difficult Word: - bacciferous 
(a) contaminated with bacteria  (b) very fond of games (c) berry-bearing  (d) containing iron-bearing bacteria

Plastic Diode Could Lead To Flexible, Low Power Comp Circuits - SpaceDaily  Ohio State University researchers have invented a new organic polymer tunnel diode an electronic component that could one day lead to plastic computer memory and plastic logic circuits on computer chips The diode transmits electrical current at room temperature, and its design lends itself to easy, inexpensive manufacturing for smart cards and other memory devices  The team is still trying to fully understand why the design works as well as it does, but they have been able to achieve strong quantum mechanical effects in the plastic without manipulating individual molecules. For all of the diode's good points, Berger stopped short of saying that it could lead to electronics made entirely of plastic. "Plastic isn't going to replace silicon at least, I don't advocate that. I think that plastic is going to augment silicon," he said.  
It's A Tankless Job - SpaceDaily  Left:  Inside the unit, computer-controlled technology and a redesigned flow switch put NASA technology to work to improve performance. Image credit: SETS Systems.  SETS Systems, of Miami, uses computer-chip technology to manufacture electronic, tankless water heaters built to serve an entire home, even during simultaneous uses. And even better, the heaters are designed to save up to half of the energy cost of heating the hot water in a traditional tank. Not only did the new design pass the rigors of testing by working flawlessly, but it was cheaper to make and could be retrofitted into the older-model heaters, as well. In a mobile shower trailer used by rescue workers at New York's "ground zero" after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, each unit supported 100 to 200 showers per day for a period of three months.

One in four are binge drinkers  - BBC  A survey of 2,000 people found almost one in three men and one in five women drank at least double the recommended daily limit. Advisers say women should drink no more than 2-3 units and men no more than 3-4 units of alcohol per day. A small glass of wine contains one unit. More than eight out of 10 drinkers said they did not keep track of how much they drank during a night out and just under half said they believed drinking had no effect at all on their health. Young men were found to be the most likely to binge-drink, with 47% of those aged 18-24 classed as binge drinkers.   




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