Intermediate Word:  dalliance -  (a) Illegal use of funds  (b) charm  (c) dawdling or flirtation  (d) 
Difficult Word: - prokaryote  (a) nucleus lacks a membrane  (b) favoring reform  (c) precursors of cereal grains  (d) nucleus surrounded by membrane 

Earth To Mars in a Month With Painted Solar Sail - Space.com  This is how it would work: a rocket would take the craft to low-Earth orbit, whereupon the craft would unfurl a 100 meter diameter sail. A transmitter on Earth would fire a one-hour burst of microwaves at it to heat it up, accelerating the craft to 60 kilometres per second. This would set an interplanetary speed record for space probes. The plan would require a 60-megawatt microwave beam with a similar diameter as the sail.     
Why Rice Should Thank Zarqawi - Science Daily  This poisonous Jordanian terrorist has done the world a service. Almost at a stroke he has eased away the accumulated grievances between Washington and Paris, between America and Europe, by couching the struggle in Iraq in terms that force even the French onto the side of President Bush. "We are at war with democracy," Zarqawi declared, in an announcement that coincided with the Iraqi elections on Jan. 30. "Democracy is an evil principle." If anything could persuade President Jacques Chirac that the White House was on the side of the angels, it was Zarqawi's wonderfully helpful reel of videotape.    

Boston Nanomachine Holds Promise For Quantum Computing - Science Daily  Left:  The nanomechanical structure fabricated by the Mohanty group at Boston University consists of a central silicon beam, 10.7 microns long and 400 nm wide, that bears a “paddle” array 500 nm long and 200 nm wide along each side. This antenna-like structure oscillated at 1.49 gigahertz or 1.49 billion times per second, making it the fastest moving nanostructure yet created. Credit: Pritiraj Mohanty, Boston University.  With two sets of protrusions, much like the teeth from a two-sided comb or the paddles from a rowing shell, the antenna not only exhibits the first quantum nanomechanical motion but is also the world's fastest moving nanostructure. Comprised of 50 billion atoms, the antenna is so far the largest structure to display quantum mechanical movements.

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