6/11/2005:

Intermediate Word:  cardamom (a) kitchen spice  (b) a liqueur made from the cardamom plant  (c) medicinal plant  (d) comb for carding sheep's wool
Difficult Word:
  habdallah - (a) Jewish sabbath  (b) flowing Bedouin robe with wide sleeves  (c) Islamic marriage ceremony  (d) raised pulpit from which the Koran is read

Cloning 'could beat gene disease'  - BBC A scientist involved in creating Dolly the cloned sheep has proposed using cloning and gene alteration to create babies free from hereditary diseases. Professor Ian Wilmut argues in a new book that it would be "immoral" not to use the promise of new technology to help families.But opponents called the plan "unethical" and "utterly perverse". Professor Wilmut describes how it would be possible to take an embryo affected by an hereditary disease and then remove its stem cells and modify the genetic fault which, left unchecked, would cause a condition such as Huntington's disease or cystic fibrosis .       
Jockey Jesse Perez rides cloned mule Idaho Gem (C) (AP) Mule clones come in second best  - BBC  Two cloned mules that were entered in a race in Nevada, US, with naturally bred animals failed to take the top prize. Idaho Gem and Idaho Star took part in the 20th annual Winnemucca Mule Races, Show & Draft Horse Challenge on Sunday. The equines won their heats but could only take third and seventh places behind Bar JF Hot Ticket, which came in two-and-a-half lengths clear. "I think both animals, especially Idaho Gem, showed they have a lot of upside," said Don Jacklin, an Idaho man who helped finance the cloning project. "They both proved they could compete," he told the Associated Press.   

Nanocrystal Displays  - Technology Review   Seth Coe-Sullivan, chief technology officer at Watertown, MA, startup QD Vision, fastens alligator clips to two edges of a transparent wafer the size of a cell-phone screen and flips a switch: a rectangle filling the center of the wafer suddenly turns from reflective silver to faint red. A lab worker turns off the room lights to heighten the effect -- but this isn't necessary. Coe-Sullivan turns a knob and the device begins glowing brilliantly. [For images of this research, the team, equipment, and prototypes, click here.] This is QD Vision's first display -- a monochromatic 32-by-64-pixel test bed for a technology Coe-Sullivan hopes will replace those used in today's high-definition TVs. Thin and flexible, the next-generation display will be easy to see in sunlight and less power hungry than the one in your current laptop, he says. 




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