12/29/2005:

Intermediate Word:  verdant (a) plush  (b) threatening  (c) green-growing  (d) upright
Difficult Word: - podzolization - (a)
encapsulation of foreign matter  (b) regrowth of foot  (c) acidification of soil  (d) sequestering of taxes for special projects

The Big Bangs for Astronomers in 2005 - SpaceDaily  Computers may have got better and better at chess, but human players can still find chinks in their defense, the world chess champion says. Just don't try to break them down psychologically. Ever since IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov -- retired champion and reputedly the best player ever -- in 1997, humans have failed to regain dominance over increasingly powerful computers. (But it hasn't been all bad news: Read about Kasparov's draw with Deep Junior in 2003.)     
The computer remains king of chess The computer remains king of chess  - CNN  Computers may have got better and better at chess but in the =ir defense, the world chess champion says. Just don't try to break them down psychologically. Ever since IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov -- retired champion and reputedly the best player ever -- in 1997, humans have failed to regain dominance over increasingly powerful computers. (But it hasn't been all bad news: Read about Kasparov's draw with Deep Junior in 2003.) But according to Veselin Topalov, a 30-year-old Bulgarian who dominated the world chess organization (FIDE) championship in October, people still have a small chance to hold their own.

'Land of the fat' The food is fried and exercise untried inside the fattest US county  - BBC  Jefferson County is said to be the fattest part of the fattest state in the United States after a 2003 study found it had the highest proportion of obese residents in Mississippi. The patrons of Dude Burger - the only restaurant for miles - are buying hot dogs, dripping with chilli relish. Tiny Jefferson County Hospital sits on top of a hill on the outskirts of Fayette, opposite a school. It has a nutrition clinic, but it is conspicuously empty. "Drop them pounds like they hot".  




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