5/23/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
orotund
  (a) roly-poly  (b) long-winded  (c) sonorous  (d) ruddy-complexioned 
Difficult Word: - ecclesia  (a) the Sacred College of Cardinals  (b) organization of Catholic laity  (c) rules governing the conduct of the clergy  (d) Greek citizens' assembly

Paul Moller in the levitating car Stuff of the future: Invisibility cloaks, flying cars - not fantasy but reality  The levitating Skycar is the brainchild of Paul Moller, who has spent $200 million trying to get his invention airborne. The car needs 35 feet to take off, but thanks to its 770hp engine can climb at 6,400 feet a minute and reach speeds of 365mph. But would-be customers will need a chunk of change to hit the skyway. The initial cost is estimated to be about $500,000 - but with fuel consumption of 20 miles to the gallon, it's almost eco-friendly compared to gas-guzzling four-wheel drives. 
Statins may curb multiple sclerosis  - Nature  Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may help to treat multiple sclerosis, a human study suggests. In the first trial of its kind, Inderjit Singh from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and colleagues tested the therapy on human patients. Thirty patients took the drug simvastatin each day. Six months later, the number and size of lesions within their brains had decreased by around 40%, the team report in the Lancet1. It is not clear if the drug also eased the symptoms of MS, which commonly include fatigue, tremor and paralysis, as the study was not designed to assess this.

Evidence Of Meteor Impact Found Off Australian Coast - SpaceDaily  Most scientists agree a meteor impact, called Chicxulub, in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, accompanied the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But until now, the time of the Great Dying 250 million years ago, when 90 percent of marine and 80 percent of land life perished, lacked evidence and a location for a similar impact event. Becker and her team found extensive evidence of a 125-mile- wide crater, called Bedout, off the northwestern coast of Australia. They found clues matched up with the Great Dyingwhen the Earth was configured as one primary land mass called Pangea and a super ocean called Panthalassa. 





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