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Saving Lives On the Battlefield With Green Tech

Harperdog writes “This article describes the efforts by some in the Pentagon to save lives by using renewable energy in the battlefield. ‘Seventy percent of all convoys carried liquid fossil fuels, and attacks on convoys … account for about half of all the casualties. Generators consumed more of the fuel brought in than did combat vehicles and air support.’ It’s a good description of energy efficient projects already happening in Iraq. ‘… the Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Americain wins Melbourne Cup

    Americain becomes the first French-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup as hot favourite So You Think finishes third in the 150th running of Australia’s big race.

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  • McNamara positive despite exit

    England coach Steve McNamara is sure his young team will be better for the experience of Sunday’s 34-14 Four Nations defeat by Australia.

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  • How Much Math Do We Really Need?

    Pickens writes “G.V. Ramanathan, a professor emeritus of mathematics, statistics and computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, writes in the Washington Post that although a lot of effort and money has been spent to make mathematics seem essential, unlike literature, history, politics and music, math has little relevance to everybody’s daily life. ‘All the mathematics one needs in real life can be learned in early years without much Read the rest of this entry »




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  • New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued

    suraj.sun sends this snippet from Reuters: “A girl can be sued over accusations she ran over an elderly woman with her training bicycle when she was 4 years old, a New York Supreme Court justice has ruled. The ruling by King’s County Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten stems from an incident in April 2009 when Juliet Breitman and Jacob Kohn, both aged four, struck an 87-year-old pedestrian, Claire Menagh, with their training bikes. Menagh underwent Read the rest of this entry »




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  • ICC upholds Pakistan suspensions

    The International Cricket Council upholds the provisional suspensions of two of the Pakistan players at the centre of spot-fixing allegations.

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  • UAV Helicopter Flies 12 Hours Charged By Laser

    garymortimer writes “LaserMotive (who last year won $900,000 in the NASA Power Beaming Challenge,one of the levels of the ‘Space Elevator Games’) have teamed up with Germany’s Ascending Technologies to create an indoor flight record for electrically powered multicopters. The flight took place at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, WA. LaserMotive is a Seattle-based company developing laser power beaming systems to transmit electricity Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Dementieva announces retirement

    Olympic champion and world number nine Elena Dementieva announces her retirement from tennis after her final match at the WTA Championships in Doha.

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  • Paul the octopus, who ‘predicted’ the outcome of seven matches at the 2010 World Cup, has died at an aquarium in Germany.

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  • Luminary Crush writes “A gas giant of approximately 1.5 Mj (Jupiter Mass) was discovered on October 22nd around the binary star system HD 176051B. It’s not known with certainty which component of the binary system the planet is in orbit around at this point as both stars in HD 176051B are relatively Sol-sized (1.07 and .71 solar masses). Named 176051B b, this new exoplanet orbits within the star system’s habitable zone, and if mapped onto our solar Read the rest of this entry »




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