Intermediate Word:  laudanum (a) valedictory address  (b) award for meritorious service  (c) soothing balm for the relief of muscular discomfort  (d) tincture of opium 
Difficult Word:
  pluvial -  (a) familial  (b) arrogant  (c) pertaining to rain  (d) related by marriage

Unique Exhibit Provides Glimpse Of Robotic Future - SpaceDaily  Picture a computer with no keyboard, mouse or monitor... just projected light, and a space that behaves like magic. But this is no figment of the imagination. It is Robot Ships, a unique exhibit, designed and produced by the Department of Electronics at the University of York, which will be unveiled this week at Connect, the new science and technology gallery at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh. Robot Ships, which goes live on 16 February 2006, uses the technology of Video Augmented Environments to create a tabletop ocean. Simply by touch, users can help or hinder robotic boats to work together to clean up oil spills, caused by virtual ocean tankers running aground on islands in the tabletop ocean. The autonomous seeker robots search for toxic spills which are then cleaned by cleaning ships. The exhibit illustrates how robots of the future will co-operate in a way that is based on the behaviour of living things.     
Shakespeare model Images 'show Shakespeare face'  - BBC  Forensic experts claim to have proved a bust and a death mask are the exact likeness of William Shakespeare. The systems, used by police, map out a person's face to identify whether they tally with known pictures. They matched the images with the Chandos portrait, the first picture bought by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856, which is believed to be Shakespeare. Elizabethan experts deny the claim, saying busts and portraits were not true likenesses so often look similar. "Superimposing the models revealed perfect matches between the forehead, eyes and nose."   

The Aliens Are Here! - SpaceDaily  Left: In a eukaryote, the DNA is located in the nucleus of the cell. A DNA molecule is composed of two helically spiral strands, each composed of a linear chain of sugar and phosephate molecules. Credit: MIT  Conspiracy theorists will readily tell you that the U.S. military is hiding alien corpses in a secret facility in the Nevada desert. But paleontologist and University of Washington geology professor Peter Ward thinks that scientists should be looking for a different type of alien life on earth: alien microbes. Although all known life on Earth has a similar DNA-based chemistry, life found on other worlds may not. There may, he says, be unfamiliar life forms on Earth, as well. And scientists would be wise to search for them.    

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