12/7/2004:

Intermediate Word:  orthogonal - (a) referring to the straightening of teeth  (b) at right angles  (c) orthomolecular nutritional aids  (d) having all the correct angles
Difficult Word: - tache   (a) clasp  (b) tachometer  (c) specialist-member of a diplomatic staff  (d) slim, lightweight case

Space Odyssey Space Odyssey: Engage and interact on a trip around the Solar System  - BBC  A programme revealing the dangers and spectacles of exploring other planets in the Solar System. Join in the journey and dive below the ice of one of Jupiter's moons or get lost in a Venusian sulphuric acid storm... Solar System jigsaw Test your knowledge of planets, moons and probes with our three-level Solar System jigsaw. Solar System fact files Your travel guide to the solar system. Visit Jupiter's thunderous Great Red Spot or Saturn's spectacular ring system. Space Doctor Game Do you have what it takes to keep a trio of astronauts healthy? A manned mission to Mars? Vote now and tell us whether it's worth sending a manned mission to Mars. 
Diabetes tests 'offer cure hope'  - BBC  Some patients have already been cured by islet cell transplants, but a major obstacle is a shortage of donor pancreases to harvest the cells from. Now National Institute of Health scientists say they have found a way to make more of the cells required. Dr Gershengorn said: "This is a step forward in the field, but we are still a long way from using this knowledge to develop therapies for diabetes. They don't produce as much insulin and they are not as adaptable to changes in the environment. For another thing, we are not ready to transplant these cells into people. Still, I'm encouraged."  

Enzyme 'key' to stopping cancer  - BBC  Blocking a specific enzyme could be enough to check the spread of cancer in the human body, researchers say. The spread of cancer was blocked in six out of seven mice bred to not have the enzyme urokinase plasminogen activator, and the mice did not suffer without it. Cancer cannot spread unless uPA is present, but the body does not need the enzyme to function normally. "If the clinical trials also show that it is possible to halt the spread of the tumour, then the research team has found the key to stopping the spread of cancer in the body, which is the cause of most of the deaths among cancer patients today." 




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