Intermediate Word:  profligate (a) recklessly wasteful  (b) shy and cautious  (c) overwhelmingly huge  (d) running away 
Difficult Word:
  tilbury -  (a) long wax-tipped mustachios  (b) frilly apron  (c) two-person, two-wheeled light carriage  (d) bone china chafing dish

NU Researchers Find Signs Of Extra Dimensions - SpaceDaily  Early results from a neutrino detector at the South Pole, called AMANDA, show that ghostlike particles from space could serve as probes to a world beyond our familiar three dimensions, the research team says. No more than a dozen high-energy neutrinos have been detected so far. However, the current detection rate and energy range indicate that AMANDA's larger successor, called IceCube, now under construction, could provide the first evidence for string theory and other theories  "String theory and other possibilities can distort the relative numbers of 'down' and 'up' neutrinos," said Jonathan Feng. "For example, extra dimensions may cause neutrinos to create microscopic black holes, which instantly evaporate and create spectacular showers of particles in the Earth's atmosphere and in the Antarctic ice cap.   
Yale Study: Not Enough Metals In Earth To Meet Global Demand - SpaceDaily  Left:  16th Century astrolabe: "The brass in this instrument has been in use for nearly 500 years," says Gordon. "Modern products often serve our needs for a few years or months before discard, jeopardizing the sustainable use of scarce metal resources." See larger photo. Researchers studying supplies of copper, zinc and other metals have determined that these finite resources, even if recycled, may not meet the needs of the global population forever if all nations begin to use the same services enjoyed in developed nations. All of the copper in ore, plus all of the copper currently in use, would be required to bring the world to the level of the developed nations for power transmission, construction and other services and products that depend on copper.  

Blood pressure being taken

People to be offered 'health MoT'  - BBC  Plans to offer "health MoTs" to every person in England will form a key part of the government's health white paper. The voluntary checks - offered at up to five points in a person's life - aim to find those at risk from illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Patients would be offered advice on changing their lifestyle, and possibly the assistance of a personal trainer. Some health charities welcomed the proposals but GPs said the checks would have to be properly funded. "To start with it is going to be a self-assessment test that you can fill in either on paper or on-line  The check-ups would be offered at certain points such as birth, age 11 and 18 and when patients reach their 50s.

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