3/24/2004:

Intermediate Word:  nevus  (a) steel shaft collar  (b) earthen dam  (c) carbuncle  (d) birthmark
Difficult Word: - ralliform  (a) long and narrow  (b) kidney-shaped  (c) relating to rat-shaped animals  (d) pertaining to a rail or rail-like marsh bird


Hybrids’ Rising Sun  - Technology Review  Left:  Green power: No longer cramped eco-cars, new hybrids at Toyota’s factory in Tsutsumi, Japan, will compete for horsepower-loving U.S. drivers. (Photographs by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert)  The Prius, which uses both a gasoline engine and an electric motor for propulsion, gets an average of 55 miles to the gallon—about double the mileage of a comparable gasoline car. What’s more, the latest model rolling off the factory floor at Tsutsumi doesn’t sacrifice power or comfort and sells for only about $1,000 more than a base model of Toyota’s mid-size sedan, the Camry. Within a decade, say Toyota executives, the gas-electric combination could be offered in every category of vehicle the automaker sells, from subcompacts to heavy-duty pickup trucks. In the next few years, the six top sellers of cars in the United States plan to roll out a range of hybrid cars and light trucks.
Early man steered clear of Neanderthal romance  - Nature  Left:  Neanderthals may have looked too different to attract modern man.  If our early ancestors did breed with their Neanderthal cousins, they didn't make a habit of it, according to the largest-ever study of early human DNA  "We detected no evidence of interbreeding," says David Serre of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who took part in the study. But he adds that, because of the scarcity of well-preserved DNA, it is impossible to be certain that such trysts never took place. Neanderthals vanished from Europe between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago, roughly the time that truly modern man made his first appearance in the region. Researchers have been divided over whether the two groups ever came face to face - and if they did, whether relations were hostile or harmonious. Did modern humans bully their slow-witted neighbours to extinction, or did the Neanderthals die out and leave us to inherit an empty landscape?

The Challenge Of A Larger Europe - SpaceDaily  The new enlargement of the European Union will undoubtedly be more historic and challenging than the previous enlargements were. It effectively ends the division of Europe and the legacy of the Cold War. The question now is, will it also effectively put an end to the European Union as we know it? The answer is affirmative at least to some degree. The institutions and methods that were originally established for a community of six countries will not be adequate for the enlarged Union. This is not only because of enlargement to 25 and even more countries, but also because the Union will have much broader competences and responsibilities than the original EEC had. 





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