5/28/2005:

Intermediate Word:  burgess (a) solicitor concerned with criminal cases  (b) citizen of an English burough  (c) judge's robe  (d) license bureau
Difficult Word:
  bailie  (b) Scottish alderman  (b) prison  (c) court  (d) castle courtyard

Go-ahead for fusion reactor work  - BBC  Seven international parties involved in an experimental nuclear fusion reactor project have initialled a 10bn-euro (6.8bn) agreement on the plan. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) will be the most expensive joint scientific project after the International Space Station. Wednesday's agreement in Brussels gives the go-ahead for practical work on the project to start. The seven-party consortium, which includes the European Union, the US, Japan, China, Russia and others, agreed last year to build Iter in Cadarache, in the southern French region of Provence.     
'Fifty planets' could have life  - BBC  Astronomers estimate about half the planetary systems so far discovered in our galaxy could contain Earth-like worlds. And they say that space telescopes will be capable of observing these planets and investigating them to see if they support life in about 15 years' time. Scientists have recently discovered more than 100 stars other than our Sun with planets circling about them. Planets more like the Earth should, in theory, exist. But they are too small to be seen using current technology. There are perhaps 50 or so of these small, nearby, rocky bodies on which there is liquid water and possibly life.  

Holiday makers in sea, AP

Smart sites to power semantic web  - BBC  Left: The semantic web may make it easier to find the perfect holiday. Much of the talk at the 2006 World Wide Web conference has been about the technologies behind the so-called "semantic web". Phrases like "increased intelligence", "next generation" and "bringing meaning to the web" are being bandied around by researchers, exhibitors and delegates alike. But like many big ideas behind the hype and evangelising finding a concise definition of what the semantic web is and what it will do is more difficult. According to Professor Wendy Hall, head of a research team at the University of Southampton looking into the semantic web, part of the problem is that the term means so many things to different people. However, she believes it can be summed up as "creating a web that can be interpreted by machines". The idea was articulated in an article in Scientific American five years ago by web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Jim Hendler of the University of Maryland, and Professor Ora Lassila of phone giant Nokia. It was their idea to try to start to make sense of the tangle of data on the World Wide Web. Until now, almost all of the information on webpages is produced by humans for humans.
    The next step is even more intelligent...




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