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Lockheed's Fusion Reactor Plan Draws Skepticism

  • fission: There’s no residual decay heat or radioactive fission products, said Allen, an Engineering Technology professor.
  • fission: Today's reactors create power through fission, splitting the nuclei of heavy radioactive elements.
  • fission: Almost all of the world’s 400 fission reactors are close to the end of their lifetimes.

Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot

  • redundant: The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.
  • impinge: Left-wing groups and nationalists have demanded that the Philippine government take immediate custody of Pemberton, saying Americans continue to impinge on their country's sovereignty nearly 70 years after it gained independence.
  • anemic: With its anemic military, the Philippines aims to bolster ties with the U.S. to try to deter China.
  • animus: It is imperative that we recognize that more than a legal case, the accusation against LCpl Smith struck at the very heart of Philippine historical animus toward its colonial past," Kenney wrote in a confidential diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks.
  • sink: Meanwhile, the Marine will likely remain detained in an air-conditioned van, equipped with a sink and a cot, at a U.S.-Filipino compound in the Philippine military's Camp Aguinaldo in metropolitan Manila.

Top Asian News at 3:30 p.m. GMT

  • fickle: Others are bobbing in a fickle system of currents that one oceanographer compares to a pinball machine.
  • wet: When monsoon rains start pelleting down once again, they cover themselves with colorful plastic sheets, some laughing, singing and dancing as the water seeps through, leaving them soaking wet.
  • immersion: Ganesha Chaturthi, the 10-day festival that celebrates the birth of Ganesha, begins Aug. 29 and ends with the immersion of Ganesha statues in the Arabian Sea and other water bodies.
  • pipe: Fired up in December, the multibillion-dollar plant bombards millions of tons of coal with water and heat to produce methane, which is piped to Beijing to generate electricity.
  • lackluster: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power in India's most resounding election victory in decades, he promised to revive the sluggish economy, rein in rising food prices, tackle corruption and overhaul his predecessor's lackluster foreign policy.