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It Took 84,000 Pennies, But Michigan Mom’s Giant Coin Really Makes Cents

February 12, 2011

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“I wanted to share the message that anyone can do this, you just have to start somewhere. What matters isn’t how much you make, but how much you save.” Martich — a self-taught artist — glued each penny onto a wooden frame that’s nearly 10 feet tall and sorted through thousands of coins to choose […]

Teenage girl collapses and dies after first kiss

February 12, 2011

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Jemma Benjamin, 18, was kissed by fellow university student Daniel Ross, 21, at his home after a night out together. But Miss Benjamin suddenly slumped onto the sofa – and died in front of Mr Ross’s eyes. The inquest heard Jemma died from SADS, a rare heart condition which kills 500 people in Britain each […]

Should a computer decide if a senior can drive?

February 12, 2011

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Rhonda Callow – … It seems that here in BC computer-based testing is used to help determine a person’s fitness to drive. The explanation below was extracted from the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles‘ publication 2010 BC Guide in Determining Fitness to Drive: “The DriveABLE assessment is specifically designed to identify cognitive impairments […]

Royal Ontario Museum investigates sudden bee death

February 12, 2011

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A Toronto museum is investigating the sudden death of thousands of bees in a glass-enclosed beehive exhibit. Officials at the Royal Ontario Museum said 20,000 bees in a biodiversity exhibit had died within two days last week, though they had appeared healthy. Scientists have ruled out staff error and starvation, but said poor ventilation, disease […]

Nanowire processor signals route to ever-smaller chips

February 12, 2011

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Jason Palmer – Engineers have developed a computer chip made of tiny “nanowires” whose computing functions can be changed by applying small electric currents. These “programmable logic tiles” may represent the building blocks of a new generation of ever-smaller computers. Instead of etching chips down from chunks of material, the nanoprocessors can be built up […]

Egypt crisis: Jubilation as President Mubarak departs

February 12, 2011

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Fireworks lit the skies of Cairo and protesters shed tears of joy in Egypt as they celebrated the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years of power. Mr Mubarak stepped down as leader on Friday, after 18 days of widespread anti-government demonstrations. The country is now is the hands of the high command of the […]

Bizarre mammals filmed calling using their quills

February 12, 2011

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Unique hedgehog-like mammals have been filmed using their quills to communicate. A BBC film crew captured footage of the streaked tenrecs in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. By rubbing together specialised quills on their backs, the tenrecs made high pitch ultrasound calls to each other in the forest undergrowth. The footage is the first of […]