Intermediate Word:  gabelle -  (a) stately 18th-century dance  (b) tax on salt  (c) flounced skirt with tight bodice  (d) footman who opens and closes the carriage door
Difficult Word: - gurnard    (a) British fusilier  (b) reinforcing plate where beams come together  (c) fish  (d) stringed musical instrument

China Seen Seeking Peaceful Rise - SpaceDaily  History has shown that the rise of a large country is often accompanied by conflicts and wars. China's rise over the past decade has brought uncertainties to the outside world, yet Beijing has been shaping its security policy to ensure its rise will be peaceful. The comments were made at a conference organized by Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Between 2000 and 2005, China's defense spending doubled to $29.6 billion. According to China's 2004 defense white paper, its defense expenditure in 2003 amounted to only 5.69 percent of the United States, 56.78 percent of Japan's and 37.07 percent of that of Britain. 
Christie Hospital, Manchester Cure for cancers 'in five years'  - BBC  Scientists in Manchester say a cure for all types of cancer could be available on the NHS within five years. The world's first patient trials in a technique which genetically engineers cells will take place at the city's Christie Hospital later this year. The treatment - gene-modified t-cell therapy - could replace more intrusive treatments like chemotherapy. The cells are fitted with a "tracker" device to kill cancer cells before being injected back into the patient. Professor Robert Hawkins, clinical director of Medical oncology at the hospital, says the initial results of lab tests have been "spectacular". The new system makes the body naturally seek out and kill tumours by boosting the infection-fighting t-cells. The body does not naturally have enough of these cells to combat huge tumours, and cancer cells often develop protective mechanisms to avoid them being recognised by the body as a disease. Doctors will take blood samples from cancer patients to extract t-cells. The t-cells are then multiplied a thousand-fold over a two-week period and injected back into the patient's body.

Ground-Based Telescopes Have An Extremely Large Future - SpaceDaily  Left:  The European Southern Observatory has undertaken a concept study for the next generation of ground-based Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs). Dubbed OWL ("OverWhelmingly Large"), ESO's concept is conceived as a 100 m. diameter optical and near-infrared, adaptive telescope (illustrated). OWL image gallery.  Astronomers believe that with an ELT it will not only be possible to find planets orbiting other stars, but also to identify and study habitable Earth-like planets by identifying the presence of liquid water, oxygen and methane. An ELT would be able to provide key insights into the nature of black holes, galaxy formation, "dark matter"  and the even more mysterious "dark energy" that is pushing the Universe apart.  

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