6/25/2004:

Intermediate Word: 
adagio
  (a) minimally clothed  (b) a Spanish dance  (c) slow-tempoed  (d) an adobe "comfort station"
Difficult Word: - piceous  (a) slimy  (b) easily crumbled  (c) pertaining to pitch  (d) abnormally small

Meadow voles, Emory 'Fidelity gene' found in voles  - BBC  Left:  As with meadow voles, most mammals play around.    A single gene can turn the Don Juan of voles into an attentive home-loving husband, Nature magazine has reported. By altering the small animal's brain hormone chemistry, scientists have made a promiscuous meadow vole faithful - just like its prairie vole cousin. Fewer than 5% of mammals are habitually monogamous. Prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster) are among the select few. After mating, the males "fall in love": they stick close to their chosen one, guard her jealously and help her raise their young. 
The cloned human embryos Human embryo cloning considered  - BBC  If the Newcastle researchers' bid is successful, they will investigate using stem cells from the cloned embryos to treat diabetes. It could open a new era of research by scientists looking for remedies for diseases which are currently incurable. But other scientists believe therapeutic cloning is unethical. It involves cloning embryos and harvesting stem cells from them. Therapeutic cloning has been legal in Britain since 2002. Professor Murdoch told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the research was one of the "most exciting areas of medical development in many years".

Teleportation breakthrough made  - BBC  Scientists have performed successful teleportation on atoms for the first time, the journal Nature reports. The feat was achieved by two teams of researchers working independently on the problem in the US and Austria. This development is a long way from the transporters used by Jean-Luc Picard and Captain Kirk in the famous Star Trek TV series. When physicists talk about "teleportation", they are describing the transfer of "quantum states" between separate atoms. Experts say being able to do the same with massive particles, like atoms, transferring information such as spin, energy, motion, etc., could lead to new superfast computers.





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