12/30/2005:

Intermediate Word:  rimose (a) covered with rime ice  (b) freezing cold  (c) peripheral to  (d) spider-veined with cracks
Difficult Word: - motla - (a)
wraparound Mother Hubbard  (b) stand of trees on a prairie  (c) highly diverse assortment  (d) apron of land by a river

Judge Rejects Teaching Intelligent Design  - NY Times  In the nation's first case to test the legal merits of intelligent design, the judge, John E. Jones III, issued a broad, stinging rebuke to its advocates and provided strong support for scientists who have fought to bar intelligent design from the science curriculum. Judge Jones also excoriated members of the Dover, Pa., school board, who he said lied to cover up their religious motives, made a decision of "breathtaking inanity" and "dragged" their community into "this legal maelstrom with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources." Judge Jones, a Republican appointed by President Bush, concluded that intelligent design was not science, and that in order to claim that it is, its proponents admit they must change the very definition of science to include supernatural explanations. Judge Jones said that teaching intelligent design as science in public school violated the First Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits public officials from using their positions to impose or establish a particular religion. Judge Jones said the evidence in the trial proved that intelligent design was "creationism relabeled."  
Green tea Green tea extract 'is cancer (chronic lymphocuytic leukemia) aid'  - BBC  A green tea extract may help patients with a form of leukaemia, a study says. The team from the Mayo Clinic in the US found it appeared to improve the condition of four patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). Four CLL patients being treated at the clinic took green tea extract tablets containing epigallocatechin gallate, an antioxidant thought to fight cancer cells. Within a few months, doctors realised that three out of four patients were showing signs of the cancer regressing. The fourth patient also showed a slight improvement.  

sinkhole near Fairbanks

Ground frozen since Ice Age thaws - MSNBC  - Melting permafrost is damaging roads and buildings in Alaska and Russia and threatens to get much worse as the planet grows warmer, researchers said this week. Up to 90 percent of the permafrost at the surface of the Northern Hemisphere could melt by the end of this century, leaving gaping holes in the ground and collapsed structures, roads and railways in northern regions. In what scientists predict to be a vicious cycle, the thaw will release more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, further exacerbating global warming. The meltdown of northern soil is already underway. Other teams have noted sunken railways, damaged structures and increased numbers of rock-falls at high elevations owing to thawed boulders.   




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