6/21/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
effendi
  (a) Turkish title of respect  (b) purdah  (c) a type of confetti  (d) an ice cream dish
Difficult Word: - discalced  (a) disengfranchised  (b) barefoot  (c) dispossessed  (d) removed from office

Two Billion People Vulnerable To Floods By 2050 - SpaceDaily  Left:  A very small ark  The number of people worldwide vulnerable to a devastating flood is expected to mushroom to 2 billion by 2050 due to climate change, deforestation, rising sea levels and population growth in flood-prone lands, warn experts at the United Nations University. One billion people - one sixth of the global population, the majority of them among the world's poorest inhabitants - are estimated to live today in the potential path of a 100-year flood and, unless preventative efforts are stepped up worldwide, that number could double or more in two generations. Floods presently impact an estimated 520+ million people per year worldwide, resulting in estimates of up to 25,000 annual deaths, extensive homelessness, disaster-induced disease, crop and livestock damage and other serious harm. UNU says unsustainable land use and other human actions aggravate the situation.

Cocaine

Cocaine vaccine 'stops addiction'  - BBC  A vaccine which can help cocaine addicts break their addiction has been developed by a UK pharmaceutical company. Trials carried out in the US showed almost half of those given the TA-CD vaccine, developed by Xenova, were able to stay off the drug for six months. The vaccine does not stop the craving for cocaine, but will stop addicts experiencing a high when they take it. "It stops the cocaine from being able to get across from the blood into the brain, which is where you get the high and, of course, where you get the addiction.

Sir Richard Branson in the Gibbs Aquada

Amphibious car crosses Channel in 100 minutes  - BBC  The Gibbs Aquada, which is manufactured in Nuneaton, looks like a sports car and can reach speeds of more than 100mph on land and 30mph on water. It takes about 10 seconds for the car's wheels to retract, the power to switch and the boat to take off, according to Gibbs Technologies, the company behind the car. Sir Richard said: "A couple of waves caused by some ferries went straight over the top of us, but otherwise it went really well. "It drives fantastically well on land and then it turns into the most remarkable boat on water."Those who want to buy their own vehicle can expect to pay about 75,000.





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