5/30/2005:

Intermediate Word:  buccal (a) pertaining to the cheek  (b) tipsy  (c) piratical  (d) ripening at different times
Difficult Word:
  hafiz  (b) vest worn by rabbinical students  (b) Jewish skullcap  (c) Muslim who has memorized the Koran  (d) oasis with date palms

Future shock: Web conference gives glimpse of greater things to come  - BBC  Sir David Brown, chairman of Motorola started proceedings with a barrage of staggering figures. In the mid-1980s, he said, the mobile phone industry estimated that by the year 2000 there would be a market for 900,000 phones worldwide. The mobile phone was going to be a tool for business people. In fact, when we reached the millennium, the actual market for handsets was more like 450 million - that is 900,000 phones every 19 hours. The drive to push the web on to more than two billion mobile devices was a big theme at this year's conference.   
HIV origin 'found in wild chimps'  - BBC  The origin of HIV has been found in wild chimpanzees living in southern Cameroon, researchers report. A virus called SIVcpz (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus from chimps) was thought to be the source, but had only been found in a few captive animals. Now, an international team of scientists has identified a natural reservoir of SIVcpz in animals living in the wild. It is thought that people hunting chimpanzees first contracted the virus - and that cases were first seen in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo - the nearest urban area - in 1930. It was another 50 years before the virus was named.  

Green contract Labour ministers outline their green vision for the future  - BBC  Personal responsibility and collective action saved 19th Century Britain from social evils, say UK Environment Secretary David Miliband and Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander. In this week's Green Room, they argue that a similar approach is needed to deliver us from a looming environmental crisis. "In the 19th and 20th Centuries, progressives forged a new social contract between citizens and the state. Progressive values, new developments in social science, and popular concern came together to deliver social justice. In the 21st century, we must find the same combination if we are to address environmental security. An environmental contract needs to set out the rights and responsibilities of government, businesses, and individuals. The ingredients are in place. Just as Charles Booth's maps of 19th Century London highlighted abject poverty, today, new scientific evidence is bringing home the scale, impact and causes of climate change. As Sir David Attenborough has highlighted, the debate is no longer about whether climate change is happening but how it can be stabilised. Anyone who says idealism is dead in politics needs to look at the popular concern around the globe at what is happening, in our lifetime, to our planet. 




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