5/20/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
epergne
  (a)   (b) table centerpiece with branching arms  (c)   (d) 
Difficult Word: - galyak  (a) soft fur from newborn lamb  (b) medieval Afghani warrior  (c) Russian folk dance  (d) brightly embroidered mongolian dress

Statins Pharmacists to sell heart drugs  - BBC  Left:  "There have been no specific clinical trials to prove that over-the-counter use of Zocor is effective in the target population of people at moderate risk of heart disease."  Patients will soon be able to buy heart drugs in chemists, the government has announced.  The drugs will be available in chemists from July. But doctors are concerned about the plans, saying the dose may be too low to have any effect and that it may be difficult to monitor patients buying statins. "It's a decision that may be being made for expediency, rather than clinical reasons." It has been suggested the drug will cost around 5 a week, compared to 6.40 for a month's prescription.
Virtual church Virtual vicar: We put the new 3D computer church to the test  - BBC  Churches are having to use their imagination to attract new members. The 3D virtual-reality Church of Fools is just one idea, but does it have any chance of building a congregation? Going into this online chapel is a little like playing a computer game - you use your mouse to indicate where you want to walk, you right-click for options such as kneeling, and your typed words appear in speech bubbles on the screen. Unless methods can be found of reaching out to new people, the fear for churches is that one day they will simply cease to exist. 

library, Sagan

Library of Alexandria discovered  - BBC  Left:   A reconstruction of the library from Carl Sagan's Cosmos (1980).   Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the site of the Library of Alexandria, often described as the world's first major seat of learning. A Polish-Egyptian team has excavated parts of the Bruchion region of the Mediterranean city and discovered what look like lecture halls or auditoria. Two thousand years ago, the library housed works by the greatest thinkers and writers of the ancient world. Works by Plato and Socrates and many others were later destroyed in a fire. "It is perhaps the oldest university in the world."





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