6/14/2006:

Intermediate Word:  willowy (a) growing along stream banks  (b) broad of beam  (c) a pale chartreuse  (d) slender and graceful
Difficult Word:
  St. Agnes Eve - (a) night before the Feast of the Pentacost  (b) night of January 20th, when a women will dream about her future husband   (c) night when a women loses her maidenhead  (d) night inaugurating the beginning of Lent

Key to healthy old age explored  - BBC  Hundreds of people are being recruited for a major study into how people stay healthy into old age. The Newcastle 85+ research will try to identify the relevant biological, social and medical factors. It aims to recruit 800 people who celebrate their 85th birthday this year to take part in the study. Researchers will look at the biological process of ageing and the impact of factors like nutrition and lifestyle. Senior clinical research fellow Dr Joanna Collerton said: "A striking feature of biological ageing is its marked variability between individuals and the first step in this study will be to determine what is a healthy 85-year-old."     
Leukaemia drug 'boosts survival'  - BBC  The National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) initially only wanted Glivec to be given to patients with advanced disease. However, latest results show around 90% of patients who take the drug survive for at least five years. Glivec also appears to benefit people with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours. Around 600 cases a year are diagnosed in the UK. Glivec works by precisely targeting the molecules thought to cause the cancer, and leaves healthy cells unaffected. As a result it has none of the severe side effects associated with current chemotherapy drugs used to treat the condition. 

Image: Escaping our brane

Physicists probe the fifth dimension - MSNBC  Left: An animated image shows a collision between two subatomic particles embedded in our 3-D universe (or "brane"). The collision produces other particles, including a graviton that escapes from our brane into the extradimensional "bulk" that lies beyond.   The cosmos would make perfect sense if it turns out we're living in a 10- or 11-dimensional realm where gravity is bubbling off a different plane entirely. At least that's what's emerging as the hottest concept on the frontier of physics. String theory might provide a "theory of everything". The theories work even better if you can think of our four-dimensional space-time continuum as a type of membrane, or "brane," embedded in a "bulk" that takes in even more dimensions. 




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