Intermediate Word:  niveous -  (a) pertaining to snow  (b) envious  (c) unable to completely cover  (d) glabrous
Difficult Word: - tachylyte  (a) faster-than-light tachyon material  (b) fast-setting cement  (c) low viscosity electrolyte  (d) glassy black basalt

Study Suggests Mental Processing Is Continuous, Unlike A Computer - SpaceDaily  The theory that the mind works like a computer, in a series of distinct stages, was an important steppingstone in cognitive science, but it has outlived its usefulness, concludes a new study. Instead, the mind should be thought of more as working the way biological organisms do: as a dynamic continuum, cascading through shades of grey. In this model, perception and cognition are mathematically described as a continuous trajectory through a high-dimensional mental space; the neural activation patterns flow back and forth to produce nonlinear, self-organized, emergent properties -- like a biological organism."     
Analysis: Congress Upset Over War - SpaceDaily  Left: File photo of American forces ridding a part of Baghdad of an Improvised Explosive Device. There are between 60 and 70 insurgent attacks per week, and the number of deaths since the Iraqi government came to power seven weeks ago stands at more than 1,000. Car bombings are at around 30 per week, up from one a week in January 2004.  With the death toll in Iraq mounting and insurgency attacks and car bombs reaching their highest point in months, key senators have started criticizing what they see as the White House's failure to acknowledge the reality in Iraq. Democratic and Republican lawmakers expressed concern at Vice President Dick Cheney's remarks last Sunday that the Iraqi insurgency was in it's "last throes."    

US Not Losing In Iraq, Rumsfeld Insists - SpaceDaily  US troops are defeating the stubborn insurgency in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld insisted Thursday, rejecting calls that the Pentagon create a timetable for scaling back the US forces there. "Any who say that we've lost this war, or that we're losing this war, are wrong. We are not," said Rumsfeld, who appeared with his top military commanders at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Still, General John Abizaid conceded to the panel that "there's a lot of work to be done" to be done" to break the resolve of a resilient and determined insurgency. "I believe there are more foreign fighters coming into Iraq than there were six months ago,"  

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