6/13/2006:

Intermediate Word:  fen (a) bog  (b) clump of trees  (c) annual land usage fee  (d) benign growth
Difficult Word:
  barbasco - (a) tobasco sauce with horseradish  (b) tapestry hiding a doorway  (c) poison tree  (d) Spanish charger

Handsets look to eclipse cameras  - BBC  Left:  Many people use their pohone as a watch, found the survey  Camera phones could replace digital cameras as the main gadgets people use to take pictures, a study suggests.  It found that 44% of people already use their handset as their main camera. The days of the MP3 player also look to be numbered, as 67% of those questioned said they expected their phone to replace their portable music player. The survey, commissioned by handset maker Nokia, comes as the number of mobile phones in use around the world approaches 2.5 billion. A third of people regularly browse the net on their phone.   
Google launches web spreadsheet  - BBC  Internet search engine Google has released a web-based spreadsheet application, on a limited test basis. "Many people already organise information into spreadsheets," said Jonathan Rochelle, product manager for Google Spreadsheets, as the trial product is known. "Where they are struggling is to share it." The Google spreadsheet is initially targeted at small work teamsin social life or small business. Taken together with its web-based e-mail programme, its recently launched online calendar and the "Google desktop" search tool, the company is increasingly straying into Microsoft territory. 

Bombed at Osirak: Scientist says Israeli raid was catalyst for weapons programme  - BBC  Left:  Iraq's OSIRAK Reactor  Destroyed by Israeli warplanes on 7 June 1981 before it could be fuelled. 10 Iraqi soldiers and one French researcher killed. Attack condemned by UN Security Council  Factfile: How it was bombed Witness: 'All hell broke out'  As part of a series marking 25 years since Israel bombed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor, former Iraqi nuclear scientist Dr Imad Khadduri speaks to the BBC News website: "I heard the explosions all the way from my home, which is about 25km [16 miles] away.  It was immediately clear that they were Israeli airplanes. Until Israel's attack, we were only dabbling with some calculations relating to nuclear fuel burn-up and criticality calculations - nothing sophisticated and focused."




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