3/16/2005:

Intermediate Word:  highboy -  (a) houseboys directing other houseboys  (b) tall chest of drawers  (c) highly placed official (sarcastic)  (d) lentil soup 
Difficult Word: - artemisia  (a) climbing vines with fragrant flowers  (b) wormwood  (c) dicrotic heartbeat  (d) the handicapping of races
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Protection Not In Place For Electric WMD - SpaceDaily  A nuclear bomb detonated high above the United States could unleash an electromagnetic pulse that would shut down the nation's power grid and, along with it, communications, water supplies and even food transportation. If the effect is long-lasting enough, it also could trigger a social collapse that could conceivably cause the deaths of millions of people and, temporarily, push the nation back 100 years, a congressional commission told the Senate. Despite the threat, which could come from terrorists as well as enemy states, the Department of Homeland Security has not addressed the issue fully or weighed the commission's recommendations, said Lowell Wood and Peter Pry, respectively, a member and senior staffer on the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack.    
India And Venezuela Sign MOU On Space - SpaceDaily   This MOU provides an umbrella for long term cooperation between India and Venezuela in the area of space and includes the study of cooperative programmes in satellites for space science research and remote sensing of the earth, studies related to space applications in telemedicine and tele-education, and human resource development with special emphasis on remote sensing of the earth and its applications. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Institute of Engineering Foundation (FII) will be the principal executive agencies responsible for implementing the cooperation on behalf of DOS and MCT respectively.     

Acid triggers the polymers in the artificial muscle to contract, making this robot arm rotate (Image: John MacCormick, Virginia Tech)

Arm wrestling robots beaten by a teenaged girl - New Scientist  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Institute of Engineering Foundation (FII) will be the principal executive agencies responsible for implementing the cooperation on behalf of DOS and MCT respectively. Despite her lack of strength, training and technique, she was able to conquer the first arm, developed by Environmental Robots Inc. from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in just 24 seconds. Following this, and a pep talk from an arm wrestling expert, it took her just four seconds to beat the second arm and three seconds for her to win the last match. The actuators in the three competing robotic arms belong to a class of materials known as electroactive polymers (EAP). These are plastics that can change shape when activated either electrically or with chemicals. EAPs, in comparison are lightweight, quiet and capable of energy densities similar to biological muscles.   
 Shankar Aiyar.  




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