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  • US navy's robot carrier plane building fast

    11/27/2007 12:22:05 PM PST · by Tlaloc · 45 replies · 370+ views
    The Register ^ | 27th November 2007 | Lewis Page
    The US Navy's new stealth robot carrier plane is now "structurally complete", according to its maker, and is now being fitted out with subsystems while software tests begin. The Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is expected to make its first flight the year after next, and its first carrier deck landing in 2011. "Once we get robust flight controls we will begin failure detection and accommodation testing, which is the real key to any unmanned aircraft," said Scott Winship, UCAS-D project chief at Northrop Grumman, talking to Flight International. Although a firm decision by the US Navy to build...
  • Neanderthals 'Were Ahead Of Their Time'

    06/14/2007 5:56:19 PM PDT · by blam · 77 replies · 1,655+ views
    Neanderthals 'were ahead of their time' Last Updated: 2:42am BST 14/06/2007 Big, brutish and stupid - it's a commonly held view that our prehistoric predecessors were as wild and unsophisticated as the animals they hunted. Neanderthal man was 'as smart as we are' But Neanderthal man was not as slow-witted as he looked and was in reality as smart as we are, an archaeologist claims. They were actually innovators who used different forms of tools to adapt to the ecological challenges posed by harsh habitats as they spread through Europe. Although our ancestors have become the butt of jokes about...
  • Dogs 'As Bright As A 14-Month-Old Child'

    06/10/2007 8:15:08 AM PDT · by blam · 59 replies · 1,700+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-10-2007 | Tim Shipman
    Dogs 'as bright as a 14-month-old child' By Tim Shipman, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:56am BST 10/06/2007 Dog lovers have long argued that their pets are practically human. Just how close they are to the truth is revealed by research showing that the creatures have the intelligence of a toddler. As with humans, they have the capacity to decide whether to copy others' behaviour, depending if it makes sense to do so. Researchers at the University of Vienna trained a female border collie called Guinness to use her paws to push a bar that released a treat, rather than using...
  • Profiling Mosques

    05/17/2007 11:44:12 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 594+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 17 May 2007 | Staff
    War On Terror: Europe plans to investigate mosques and identify clerics who preach terrorism. As they pay for decades of foolish immigration policies, they can be thankful there's no ACLU looking over their shoulders. European Union security officials say they will analyze member-state mosques, examining the training and funding sources of imams, in a project to be completed by fall. It may be abhorrent to societies proud of religious toleration to "discriminate" against the places of worship of one particular faith. But as usually politically correct Europeans have concluded, it also amounts to simple common sense.
  • Smart Fortwo Set to Come Across the Pond (smart car)

    02/08/2007 9:50:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 72 replies · 1,328+ views
    Yahoo Autos ^ | 2-8-07 | Matthias Pfannmüller
    When the Smart Fortwo arrives in the U.S. in early 2008, parent company DaimlerChrysler doesn't want to repeat past mistakes. The first Smart hit the European market in 1998, but the brand has never been profitable. With the new Fortwo, Smart is starting anew with a car tailor-made for the United States. Standard safety features include four airbags, ABS and stability control. The U.S. Fortwo will have increased cabin and trunk space and a new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine making 84 bhp, mated to a refined semi-automatic transmission. Company executives claim the car will get about 40 mpg. Three models will...
  • The Presidential IQ Report

    01/16/2007 11:16:25 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 80 replies · 3,028+ views
    Check Snopes, false ^ | January 16, 2007 | The Lovenstein Institute
    WASHINGTON --In a published report, the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania has detailed findings of a four month study of the intelligence quotient of President George W. Bush. Since 1973, the Lovenstein Institute has published its research to the education community on each new president, which includes the famous "IQ" report among others. According to statements in the report, there have been twelve presidents over the past 60 years, from F. D. Roosevelt to G. W. Bush who were all rated based on scholarly achievements, writings that they alone produced without aid of staff, their ability to speak with clarity,...
  • Maths genius declines top prize (Jewish genius = humble, new Einstein)

    08/30/2006 11:37:01 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 26 replies · 3,230+ views
    Maths genius declines top prize Photos of the reclusive genius are rare Grigory Perelman, the Russian who seems to have solved one of the hardest problems in mathematics, has declined one of the discipline's top awards. Dr Perelman was to have been presented with the prestigious Fields Medal by King Juan Carlos of Spain, at a ceremony in Madrid on Tuesday. In 2002, the mathematician claimed to have solved a century-old problem called the Poincare Conjecture. So far, experts working to verify his proof have found no significant flaws. There had been considerable speculation that Grigory "Grisha" Perelman would...
  • When Protecting Jobs Only Destroys Them

    06/07/2006 6:04:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies · 672+ views ^ | Wednesday, June 7, 2006 | Charles Wheelan
    I like France. The language is beautiful. The food is inspiring. And I appreciate topless beaches as much as the next guy. Still, I sometimes wonder if eating snails doesn't somehow dull one's ability to make sensible economic policy. I promised that this column, I would debunk one of the most pernicious economic ideas of the left. (In my last column, I skewered one from the right: See "Debunking One of the Worst Ideas in Economics".) I've chosen the "lump of labor" fallacy, which is the mistaken notion that the world has a fixed number of jobs and that therefore...
  • Mars Robots To Get Smart Upgrade

    05/28/2006 1:43:32 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 452+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-28-2006 | Jonathan Amos
    Mars robots to get smart upgrade By Jonathan Amos BBC News science reporter, in Baltimore Dust devils on Mars: Catch them if you can The US space agency's rovers will get a software upgrade to allow them to make "intelligent" decisions in the study of Martian clouds and dust devils. The new algorithms will give the robots' computers the onboard ability to search through their images to find pictures that feature these phenomena. Only the most significant data will then be sent to Earth, maximising the scientific return from the missions. Nasa says its robotic craft will become increasingly autonomous...
  • Who knew? Twin Cities area is No. 2 in magazine's 50 smart places to live

    05/09/2006 6:34:27 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 46 replies · 1,224+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-06 | kiplingers
    Minneapolis-St. Paul is a "cosmopolitan gem," according to a new ranking by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Granted, "the winter weather isn't for wusses," Kiplinger's June issue reports, but the seven-county Twin Cities area has so many good things to brag about: cost of living and housing, quality health care, low crime rate, education, quality of life, cultural amenities, the economy and transportation. St. Paul doesn't get short shrift either in the write-up: The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are mentioned, among other pluses. Minneapolis is described as "progressive and hip, with a Midwestern sensibility."...
  • Cat Interrupts Catnap, Possibly Saving Two

    01/19/2006 5:26:30 AM PST · by Fawn · 54 replies · 650+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2006; 4:41 PM | ap
    MANCHESTER, Pa. -- A cat interrupted a catnap, possibly saving two lives. Jean Poole and her 9-month-old granddaughter were dozing Tuesday in Poole's home in the Newberry Estates mobile home park. Poole's 7-year-old cat, Princess, woke them up, meowing loudly. Poole got up, smelled smoke and heard crackling flames. She went to check the wood burning stove in the living room, and saw flames at the picture window. With fire blocking the front door, Poole grabbed the baby and went out the rear door. Then she returned to get Princess. "She woke me up. I don't know if I'd have...
  • Clothes also make the woman trying to look smart amid disaster (Blanco's emails)

    01/01/2006 1:47:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies · 1,750+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/01/06 | Leonard Pitts Jr.
    Clothes also make the woman trying to look smart amid disaster Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist New Orleans cultural ambassador, Irvin Mayfield, plays a tribute to first responders as Mayor Ray Nagin, left, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, second from left, Lt. Gov Mitch Landrieu, and Gov. Kathleen Blanco, center, listen during an Interfaith Celebration in front of the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Sunday Jan. 1, 2006. The event was sponsored by Louisiana Rebirth celebrating the strength of those dedicated to the rebirth of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Apparently, Brownie wasn't the only one. You remember the grief that...
  • States Ranked: Smart to Dumb [The smartest state is Vermont. The dumbest is Arizona.]

    10/25/2005 2:56:49 PM PDT · by varyouga · 139 replies · 9,358+ views
    The smartest state is Vermont. The dumbest is Arizona. These are the 2005-2006 findings of the Education State Rankings, a survey by Morgan Quitno Press of hundreds of public school systems in all 50 states. States were graded on 21 factors, including student achievement and attendance, positive outcomes, strong student-teacher relationships and school district efficiency. Other factors are the number of high school graduates, reading, writing and math proficiency, percent of school-age kids in public schools, high school drop out rates, student-teacher ratios and class size. "The Smartest State Award recognizes those states that are committed to students and teachers,...
  • Don Adams has died (Get Smart)

    09/26/2005 11:12:18 AM PDT · by Borges · 266 replies · 10,631+ views
    Alt Obits | 9/25/05
    Don Adams, who gained worldwide fame and three Emmy Awards starring as Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, in the classic television comedy GET SMART, died at 8:02 p.m PDT, Sunday, September 25, 2005, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills. He was 82. Although he had been in failing health for more than two years due to bone lymphoma, his death resulted from a sudden lung infection for which he was hospitalized the previous day. Born Donald James Yarmy on April 13, 1923 [correct, despite frequently reported erroneous dates] in New York City to Irish-Hungarian parents, Adams hoped for an engineering career....
  • Smart's alleged kidnapper deemed incompetent

    07/27/2005 11:09:14 AM PDT · by Turbopilot · 2 replies · 393+ views
    AP via ^ | 7-26-2005 | AP
    Utah man will be sent to a state hospital Updated: 5:26 p.m. ET July 26, 2005 SALT LAKE CITY - The man charged in the kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial Tuesday. The decision by Judge Judith Atherton will send Brian David Mitchell to a state hospital until he is deemed capable of standing trial. Atherton issued her decision after six days of hearings over the past seven months. Mitchell repeatedly shouted Biblical admonitions and sang hymns during the hearings, prompting him to be removed from court several times.
  • Roberts: A smart, self-effacing 'Eagle Scout' - (friend: "Dems can't touch him!")

    07/20/2005 4:23:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 909+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | JULY 20, 2005 | A/P
    John G. Roberts pairs a youthful demeanor with a sharp, seasoned legal mind that has impressed Ivy League professors, government lawyers and U.S. presidents. Befitting his age of 50 and limited time on the appellate court, the book on his judicial decisions remains a work in progress. President Bush on Tuesday tapped Roberts to become the nation's 109th Supreme Court justice, introducing the Harvard honors graduate, former clerk to William Rehnquist and successful Washington attorney to the nation in prime time. "He has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court and earned a reputation as one of the best legal...
  • Sorry Liberals: Being Arrogant Does Not Make You Right - (HA! ... yes siree!)

    06/12/2005 5:42:02 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 1,208+ views
    Back during the Presidential Election, Kerry enthusiasts were constantly gushing over the perceived intelligence of John Kerry. If it was not praises toward his “nuanced” approaches of how to creatively surrender to the United Nations and international terrorists then it was how all of his aides had to run around carrying dictionaries just so they could understand his “big words.” Well, the truth is out. Eight months after everyone quit caring about John Kerry’s records, he has finally released them to “The Boston Globe.” Chance of chances, these records show that Senator Kerry was a “C” student with a virtually...
  • Ontario Hydro Electricity Consumers Getting it every which way (relevant to USA)

    04/06/2005 9:09:38 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 5 replies · 476+ views
    CFP ^ | April 1, 2005 | Adam K. Anderson
    April Fools has past, but the joke is still on us! Electricity prices are going up again throughout Ontario. Who is to blame? It seems like just about everybody. With OPG making a profit off of the generation of power, the McGuinty Liberals have nevertheless increased hydro rates from 4.3 cents per kWh when they took office, to 4.7 cents last year, and now as of April 1st to 5.0 cents per kWh for the first 750kWh, and 5.8 cents after that. You will really get hit if you switched to electric heating a couple of decades ago, as the...
  • Accused Utah Kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart Sings at Trial

    03/11/2005 1:52:03 PM PST · by bedolido · 27 replies · 1,232+ views
    MyWay News ^ | 03/11/2005 | MARK THIESSEN
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The man charged with kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Smart was kicked out of his mental competency trial Friday after he began singing a religious hymn, the fourth time he has been removed from hearings for singing. As Brian David Mitchell was led away, he shouted, "He mocks and scorns the son of God. ... You know I speak the truth. You know I speak the truth." The hearing then resumed with defense expert Stephen Golding testifying that Mitchell has become increasingly more mentally disturbed and unfit for trial. Golding said Mitchell has vowed to do everything...
  • FARC in Venezuela: Uribe calls it like it is

    01/07/2005 10:09:53 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 113+ views
    VCrisis ^ | Jan. 7, 2005 | Aleksander Boyd
    London 07.01.05 | Colombian President Alvaro Uribe described quite neatly the sentiment of very many people yesterday, when he affirmed "these FARC individuals have got some nerve; on the 1st of January they killed 17 peasants, they kidnap people constantly, they execute terrorist acts daily, they violate human rights, they trade drugs and when they get captured they denounce that they have been kidnapped and that their human rights have been violated". As a Venezuelan citizen I can only dream of having a president with half the integrity and steadfast anti-terrorism conviction of Alvaro Uribe. On a lighter note I...