4/27/2005:

Intermediate Word:  taconite (a) iron ore  (b) plastic explosive  (c) added to oil to reduce low-temperature viscosity  (d) dental cement
Difficult Word:
  macaronic  (a) loaded with pasta  (b) quick to fly off the handle  (c) moronic  (d) humorous mixture of different languages

Kelly Brook How attractive women send a man's decision-making into disarray  - BBC  Left: Images of women such as Kelly Brook can be distracting to men.  Catching sight of a pretty woman really is enough to throw a man's decision-making skills into disarray, a study suggests. The more testosterone he has, the stronger the effect, according to work by Belgian researchers. Men about to play a financial game were shown images of sexy women or lingerie. The Proceedings of the Royal Society B study found they were more likely to accept unfair offers than men not been exposed to the alluring images. The suggestion is that the sexual cues distract the men's thoughts.      
Wind farm  Image: PA Groups launch energy 'manifesto'  - BBC  Thirty-five environmental and energy groups have issued a joint manifesto in response to the UK government's current energy policy review. The joint statement reflects the priorities and policies the groups believe should emerge from the review. "This is the last chance for government to bring forward a sustained package of measures to deliver the objectives set out in 2003. "Industry is looking for strong signals so we can invest in the necessary changes to our energy system." Minimise the energy gap "before trying to fill it"; reduce demand, encourage efficient energy production and usage, and boost renewables. 

Stem cells

Stem cell research Kirk backing  - BBC  The limited use of surplus embryos from fertility treatments in stem cell therapy research has been backed by a Church of Scotland committee. The conclusion comes in an embryonic and adult stem cell research study, going to the General Assembly in May. The Society, Religion and Technology Project (SRT) examined the issue on clinical and theological grounds. Case studies looked at treating conditions such as neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes and blood diseases. The SRT working group included stem cell scientists, doctors, ethicists and theologians.   



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