Intermediate Word:  edema -  (a) poultice  (b) inability to pronounce w's  (c) swelling  (d) pouch for holding liquids 
Difficult Word: - umbel  (a) flat-topped flower cluster  (b) cobbler's last  (c) naval  (d) uproar

Image: Active Denial System Ray gun sparks worries - MSNBC  LONDON - Scientists are questioning the safety of a "Star Wars"-style ray gun due to be deployed in Iraq for riot control next year. The Active Denial System weapon, classified as “less lethal” by the Pentagon, fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam at rioters to cause heating and intolerable pain in less than five seconds. The idea is that people caught in the beam will rapidly try to move out of it and therefore break up the crowd. But New Scientist magazine reported Wednesday that during tests carried out at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, participants playing the part of rioters were told to remove glasses and contact lenses to protect their eyes. In another test, they were also told to remove metal objects like coins from their clothing to avoid local hot spots.  
Weather And Climate Models United - SpaceDaily  Researchers from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and several other government and academic institutions have created four new supercomputer simulations that for the first time combine their mathematical computer models of the atmosphere, ocean, land surface and sea ice. These simulations are the first field tests of the new Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF), an innovative software system that promises to improve and accelerate U.S. predictive capability ranging from short-term weather forecasts to century-long climate change projections.     

Bush Move To Share Nuclear Technology With India Comes Under Fire - SpaceDaily  Left:  "We are playing with fire by picking and choosing when to pay attention to the existing non-proliferation treaties," panel member Democratic Representative Ed Markey said even before the ink could dry on a joint statement by Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released Monday.  US President George W. Bush has set a dangerous precedent by moving to lift a ban on civilian nuclear technology sale to nuclear armed India, which has not signed up to global non-proliferation rules, some analysts and lawmakers said Tuesday. 

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