9/20/2005:

Intermediate Word:  knesset (a) club with a knobby head  (b) German knight's squire  (c) Israeli parliament  (d) veal bratwurst
Difficult Word: - tael  (a) 1 and 1/3rd oz.  (b) small, long-tailed Asian monkey  (c) offering at Hanukah  (d) medieval tax on grinding of grain

Robotic hand Scientists develop clever and dextrous artificial hand  - BBC  The University of Southampton team has designed a prototype that uses six sets of motors and gears so each of the five fingers can move independently. The new hand - called the Southampton Remedi-Hand - can be connected to muscles in the arm via a small processing unit and is controlled by small contractions of the muscles which move The wrist. fingers are made up of a motor attached to a gearbox attached to a carbon fibre finger. The next stage will be to integrate the latest sensor technology to create a 'clever' hand which can sense how strongly it is gripping an object, or whether an object is slipping.  
Warmer soils add to climate worry  - BBC  Left:  It made no difference what the land was used for.  Higher UK temperatures are causing soils to "exhale" large quantities of carbon dioxide, probably accelerating global warming, scientists report. They base their assessment on a huge analysis of soil samples gathered from across England and Wales over 25 years. The team says its findings, if extended to the whole of the UK, suggest some 13 million tonnes of carbon are being lost from British soils each year. "The consequence is that there is more urgency about doing something - global warming will accelerate."   

Iris Murdoch (BBC)

Alzheimer's clue in animal words  - BBC  Left:  Iris Murdoch's last novel was subjected to a word analysis.  A quick word test may allow simpler, earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The researchers asked 96 Alzheimer's patients and 40 healthy people of similar age to list all the animals they could in one minute. In a second minute, the test subjects were asked to list types of fruit. While the healthy subjects were able to list 20-25 words, on average, those suffering from Alzheimer's could list only 10-15, indicating a constriction of their active vocabulary. The lost words tended to be those learned later in childhood and encountered less frequently in everyday life. 




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