6/13/2005:

Intermediate Word:  Melpomene -  (a) famous Persian queen  (b) Greek goddess of the spring  (c) Muse of tragedy  (d) variety of apple
Difficult Word: - malversation   (a) thoroughly chewing food  (b) copying someone else's work (e. g., on a test)  (c) misconduct in public office  (d) crashing a line by striking up a conversation with someone near the front of the line

 MIT's Nanoprinter Could Mass-Produce Nano-Devices - SpaceDaily  The most immediate candidate for this innovation is the DNA microarray, a nano-device used to diagnose and understand genetic illnesses such as Alzheimer's, viral illnesses such as AIDS, and certain types of cancer. The ability to mass produce these complex devices would make DNA analysis as common and inexpensive as blood testing, and thus greatly accelerate efforts to discover the origins of disease. Now researchers led by Professor Francesco Stellacci of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have developed a printing method that is unmatched in both information content per printing cycle and resolution. MIT's nano-printing method requires only three steps and could reduce the cost of each microarray to under $50. "This would completely revolutionize diagnostics," said Stellacci. "We could know years in advance of cancer, hepatitis, or Alzheimer's."  
Japan Unveils "Robot Suit" That Enhances Human Power - SpaceDaily  Left:  This combo picture, taken 10 May 2005, shows Tsukuba University postgraduate student Takeru Sakurai wearing the powered-suit 'HAL-5' (Hybrid Assistive Leg), developed by Professor Yoshiyuki Sankai, lifts a woman during a press preview of the prototype robot at the 2005 World Expo AIchi at Nagakute town near Nagoya. Japan has taken a step into the science-fiction world with the release of a 'robot suit' that can help workers lift heavy loads or assist people with disabilities climb stairs. AFP Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno.  The 15-kilogram (33-pound) battery-powered suit, code-named HAL-5, detects muscle movements through electrical-signal flows on the skin surface and then amplifies them.    

Korean Cloning Pioneer Says Human Cloning 'Impossible' - SpaceDaily  "Human cloning is not only ethically outrageous and medically dangerous, but technically impossible as well," said Hwang, who last year created the world's first cloned human embryonic stem cells. Cloned human beings are merely a science fiction fantasy. I can assure you that on this globe, you'll never bump into a cloned human being at least within 100 years." Hwang and his colleagues at Seoul National University made international headlines in February 2004, when they announced the first cloning of human embryos, from which they harvested embryonic stem cells. "I believe I'm doing what I should do as a scientist," Hwang said.




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