3/23/2005:

Intermediate Word:  riposte -  (a) wild Spanish folk music  (b) stately court dance  (c) buccaneer's head kerchief  (d) broad colorful waist sash
Difficult Word: - acarid  (a) mites and ticks  (b) oval brooch  (c) member of acacia family  (d) type of cycad
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Salmon Oily fish helps cut inflammation  - BBC  They have found a key anti-inflammatory fat in humans is derived from a fatty acid found in fish oil. The researchers, from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, found the diet worked best when combined with low aspirin doses. The inflammatory response protects the body against infection and injury, but when it goes wrong it can lead to conditions such as arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. The Harvard team identified a new class of fats in the human body, called resolvins, which they showed can control inflammation.       
Duke University Engineers Join 'Red Team' Robotic Vehicle Team - Science Daily  Left:  The Red Team is developing two Hummer vehicles for the competition -- Sandstorm and H1ghlander. Duke’s contribution will be a "Duke Radar Object Identification Device" (DROID) unit for each vehicle. The DROID uses radar to identify objects on the ground that must be avoided to prevent damage to the vehicle. DROIDs will provide the locations and classifications of obstacles to the Red Team vehicles’ navigation systems. (Photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University)  Students from Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering are partnering with Carnegie Mellon University's "Red Team" in an effort to win a $2 million prize from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The race route could be as long as 175 miles over desert terrain featuring natural and man-made obstacles.

Washington Post: Japan embraces latest robots - MSNBC   Left: Saya, the receptionist, greets Prof. Hiroshi Kobayashi  Though perhaps years away in the United States, this long-awaited, as-seen-on-TV world -- think "The Jetsons" or "Blade Runner" -- is already unfolding in Japan, with robots now used as receptionists, night watchmen, hospital workers, guides, pets and more. Officials compiled a report in January predicting that every household in Japan will own at least one robot by 2015, perhaps sooner. "You're so stupid!" said the professor. "Eh?" she responded, her face wrinkling into a scowl. "I tell you, I am not stupid!"    




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