Intermediate Word:  sesqui-   (a) quasi-  (b) partial-  (c) one-and-a-half  (d) alternating-
Difficult Word: -paludal   pertaining to (a) malfeasance  (b) a swamp  (c) a paladin  (d) a palanquin

UN Finds No Proof Yet Of Secret Iranian Nuclear Program - SpaceDaily  Left:  AFP file photo of Iran's Parchin nuclear research facility.  The UN atomic watchdog said Monday it had found no proof of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program but could not yet conclude there was no covert activity, as Iran pledged to suspend uranium enrichment to prove its peaceful intentions. In a confidential report, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that while Iran had been guilty of breaching international safeguards, almost two years of inspection had uncovered no proof of an illicit weapons program. Washington wants the agency to haul Iran before the UN Security Council for possible sanctions  
Distance running 'shaped human evolution'  - Nature  Left:  Humans may have spent millions of years honing their distance running.  Long-distance running was crucial in creating our current upright body form, according to a new theory. Researchers have suggested that our early ancestors were good endurance runners, and that their habit has left its evolutionary mark on our bodies, from our leg joints right up to our heads. Early humans may have taken up running around 2 million years ago, after our ancestors began standing upright on the African savannah, suggest Dennis Bramble of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a result, evolution would have favoured certain body characteristics, such as wide, sturdy knee-joints. The theory may explain why, thousands of years later, so many people are able to cover the full 42 kilometres of a marathon, the researchers add. And it may provide an answer to the question of why other primates do not share this ability. Our poor sprinting prowess has given rise to the idea that our bodies are adapted for walking, not running, says Lieberman, "but we're quite good at endurance running."   

Image: Human Proteome Folding

Computer grid tapped for global problems - MSNBC  Left:  As seen in this screenshot, the World Community Grid's desktop console lets users monitor progress on a protein-folding project, and see a representation of the protein molecule itself.  IBM and top scientific research organizations are joining forces in a humanitarian effort to tap the unused power of millions of computers and help solve complex social problems. Organisers say the grid could help unlock genetic codes that underlie diseases like AIDS and HIV, Alzheimer’s or cancer, improve forecasting of natural disasters and aid studies to protect the world’s food and water supply. The project is designed to handle up to 10 million participants

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