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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spaghetti Western

Spaghetti Western

Hard times in Mexico

Drinking and driving in India: party on, yaar

Ukraine's bloody history, unearthed

No more steering wheels - drive by joystick!

Multifunctional Polymer Neutralizes Both Biological and Chemical Weapons

ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2010) — In an ongoing effort to mirror the ability of biological tissues to respond rapidly and appropriately to changing environments, scientists from the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine have synthesized a single, multifunctional polymer material that can decontaminate both biological and chemical toxins. They described the findings recently in Biomaterials.

Worlds first controllable robotic samara monocopter MAV, University of Maryland's Ulrich flyer : the vehicle, invented at the University of Maryland, Aerospace Engineering Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory and Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, is the smallest and most capable to date as it meets most of the challenges set forth by DARPA's nano-air-vehicle program. - (sharp bladed design will be a deadly remote controll ninja star)

The chamber could be sized to accommodate large objects, such as works of art and even the Shroud of Turin, which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, Rowe said. He acknowledged, however, that it would take a significant amount of data to convince museum directors, art conservators, and others that the new method causes no damage to such priceless objects

UV Rays Shed New Light on the Hope Diamond’s Mysterious Red Glow

Apparently the original King Croesus preferred the real thing -- and would probably not have been pleased that an undisclosed number of objects representing his 6th century BCE reign have been stolen from a Turkish museum and replaced with fakes.

'What price for those diamonds?' asks the new poster and postcard campaign launched by Amnesty International France, linking the arms trade with human rights abuses in the trade in natural resources. A further image focuses on the trade in timber:

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