9/13/2005:

Intermediate Word:  dojo (a) minor Japanese nobleman  (b) martial arts school  (c) prime minister  (d) donnybrook
Difficult Word: - cesura  (a) pause in a song  (b) unaccented clef note (c) edict from above  (d) hymnal scroll

Clue Found To Start Of Universe  - BBC  Left:  Close-up view of the crossed dipole elements of the array used to detect deuterium at radio wavelengths at MIT's Haystack Observatory in Westford. Photo credit: Alan Rogers, Haystack Observatory.  Scientists at Haystack have made the first radio detection of deuterium, an atom that is key to understanding the beginning of the universe. The detection of deuterium is of interest because the amount of deuterium can be related to the amount of dark matter in the universe, but accurate measurements have been elusive. Because of the way deuterium was created in the Big Bang, an accurate measurement of deuterium would allow scientists to set constraints on models of the Big Bang. Also, an accurate measurement of deuterium would be an indicator of the density of cosmic baryons, and that density of baryons would indicate whether ordinary matter is dark and found in regions such as black holes, gas clouds or brown dwarfs, or is luminous and can be found in stars. 
Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper The 100+ club: The people who live to be 110 and what makes them different  - BBC   Left:  Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, who has died aged 115   Dutchwoman Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, who died this week at 115 after becoming the oldest living person in the world, attributed her longevity to a diet of pickled herrings. The oldest person ever, Jeanne Louise Calment, who passed away in 1997 aged 122, enjoyed a daily glass of port, while Hanna Barysevich, of Belarus, one of several unofficial "oldest living people", has sung the virtues of gherkins, pork fat and vodka. And Britain's oldest survivor, Lucy Victoria d'Abreu, 113, champions a "customary sun-downer of brandy and ginger ale". But while such home-spun recipes don't cut any ice with scientists, there's no doubt Ms d'Abreu is a member of a very select club indeed - the supercentenarians. Three ways to live longer: Genetic intervention, selective breeding, and caloric restriction. "There's uncertainty in the academic world whether there is anything unique about people who live to be over 90, more especially 100," says Mr Philp, the government's director or older people's services. "But the evidence is that, yes, they are a bit unique."

Chernobyl in 1999

Chernobyl 'likely to kill 4,000'  - BBC  Experts have estimated that around 4,000 people will die from the effects of the 1986 accident at Chernobyl. The figure, in the report by the Chernobyl Forum, is much lower than other estimates. It had been suggested tens or even hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk after the radiation leak at the plant. The predicted 4,000 death toll includes 50 emergency workers who died of acute radiation syndrome in 1986, and from other causes in later years; nine children who died from thyroid cancer and an estimated 3,940 people who could die from cancer as a result of radiation exposure.   




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