3/24/2005:

Intermediate Word:  teleology (a) study of teleost fish  (b) search for intelligent design  (c) study of biochemical communications  (d) study of the roles of inside knowledge in the financial markets
Difficult Word:
  potaufeu -  (a) carriage gate of a castle  (b) large sealable jar  (c) boiled meat and vegetables  (d) taciturn

Chilli pepper Pepper 'kills prostate cancer'  - BBC  The ingredient which makes jalapeno peppers hot also makes prostate cancer cells commit suicide, a study suggests. Tests showed that capsaicin triggered 80% of the cells to start the process leading to cell death. The US research in the journal Cancer Research also found tumours treated with capsaicin were smaller. They were given a dose of pepper extract equivalent to having between three and eight fresh habanero peppers three times a week. "It also dramatically slowed the development of prostate tumours." However, experts warned eating too many hot peppers has been linked to stomach cancer.
Big new reservoir of water ice suspected under Mars - New Scientist  Water ice was expected in the polar caps, since they represent the largest known reservoirs of water on Mars. Estimates suggest that if they melted, they would cover the planet in a layer of water up to 33 metres deep. But as it scanned the region around the south pole, MARSIS also turned up an unexpected ice source. It lies near the southern polar cap and is underneath a region of Martian surface that shows no visible signs of ice. The radar signals reveal what appear to be relatively thin layers of underground water ice layers that may contain water of a equivalent to half of that locked up in the entire southern polar cap.     

Transplanted Cells Regenerate Muscle  A new approach for transplanting cells shows promise for regenerating injured and diseased tissues and whole organs. Mooney's team "glued" the cells to a scaffold that contained nutrients to keep them alive longer than is usual in direct injection. The glue consisted of sticky molecules that the cells could attach to. This assisted their movement into the tissue, and drugs were added to activate the cells and coax them to leave the scaffold. The results were striking.The results were striking. The strategy successfully healed lacerated uscles in mice.




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