5/8/2005:

Intermediate Word:  narcolepsy (a) altered state of consciousness  (b) uncontrollable sleep attacks  (c) drug-induced convulsions  (d) impersonation of a narcotics officer
Difficult Word:
  quamash  wooden snowshoe  (b) camas (showy plant)  (c) mythical giant moose  (d) glass-windowed buffet

Voting with a fork: The politics of food  - C/Net  From California, where it's grown, to a destination like Manhattan, prepackaged spinach can stew for 10 to 14 days before it hits grocery store aisles. "It took quite a long time to find anyone who would divulge that piece of information. And I could see why," said Marion Nestle, scientist, New York University professor and author of "Food Politics" and the new tome, "What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating," which is due to come out May 2. Nestle spoke here this week about food politics in the United States, as part of San Francisco's City Arts and Lectures series. So who benefits from this confusion about nutrition and health? Nestle argues in her book "What to Eat" that the food, restaurant, fast-food, diet, health-club, drug and health-care industries all benefit most. For the health-care industry, for example, it would cost more to provide preventive services for an entire population than to pay for treatment for a smaller population that becomes ill, according to her book, which cites economic studies.     
story.shanghai.maglev.gi.af.jpg China tests new maglev train  - CNN  China has successfully tested a locally made maglev train, the first time the country has achieved this feat without using foreign technology. The test train can hold 60 people and travel up to 100 miles per hour, Xinhua reported, citing Zhang Kunlun, deputy director of the School of Electrical Engineering at the Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu. China is home to the world's first commercially operating maglev train. The Chinese government said earlier that work will begin this year on a second maglev line linking Shanghai and the resort city of Hangzhou, a $4.4-billion, high-speed line that can run trains at up to 280 mph.        

Space Advocate Reviews The Vision For Space - SpaceDaily  After President Bush announced the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) in 2004, NASA went to work to develop plans for the long-overdue return to exploration. For the last decade and more, it has been "Correct" to base support for the program on Science only. Dr. John Marburger (the Presidents Science Advisor) underscored the current Administration's fundamental shift in space goals in his major speech of March 15, where he pointed out that "The ultimate goal is not to impress others, or merely to explore our planetary system, but to use accessible space for the benefit of mankind."     




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