9/17/2005:

Intermediate Word:  mackinaw (a) coconut cookie  (b) narrow northern isthmus  (c) narrow channel  (d) heavy woolen jacket cloth
Difficult Word: - taenia  (a) secret marriage pledge  (b) narrow band  (c) type of platyhelminth  (d) tropical fruit punch

Image of salad Healthy food push 'contradictory'  - BBC  Left:  People are buying less fruit and vegetables  The healthy eating drive is at risk of failing because the public is getting contradictory messages, a leading UK food expert says. In recent months the public has been told to eat more oil fish because it reduces the risk of heart attack, while at the same time a different department warns fish stocks are low. Policy officer Jenny Morris said: "While at lot of focus has been placed on the school kitchen, if the message is not backed up by a healthy, balanced diet at home, providing two-thirds of a child's dietary requirements, we will not win the battle against dietary related ill-health."    
2029 Asteroid Risk Now More Remote - SpaceDaily  An asteroid that triggered a scare last December after astronomers calculated that it ran a potential risk of smacking into Earth is less of a peril than thought, an expert said here Monday. The rogue rock, 2004 MN4, measures 320 metres (1,000 feet) across, making it big enough to wipe out a large city if it ever collided with Earth. Last December, there were a few nail-biting days when NASA calculated, from early optical observations, that the asteroid had a more than one-in-50 chance of hitting Earth on April 13, 2029. In addition, astronomers could not rule out a risk that the rock could in fact hit Earth in 2036.  

Miscanthus, University of Illinois

Tall grasses set to power Europe  - BBC  The fields of Europe could soon take on a shimmering silver colour as farmers grow giant grasses to try to mitigate the effects of global warming. The latest studies suggest one form of elephant grass would make a productive "energy crop" to be burnt in power stations to generate electricity. Scientists told a Dublin conference the 4m-high Miscanthus needs little fertiliser to produce very high yields. A breeding programme would improve its economics still further, they said. If we grew Miscanthus on 10% of suitable land in [the 15-member] Europe, then we could generate 9% of the gross electricity production."  




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