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America (the Band) tonight

August 19, 2011

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I just found out that America is performing tonight in Redding, CA. I was headed up to Mt Shasta anyway so I called the Cascade theatre and got one of the last tickets. America’s biggest hit was the song “Horse with no name”, but my favorite is “Sister Golden Hair.” It won’t be exactly the […]

$1.1 million bus used by Obama has high-tech defenses – but what are they?

August 19, 2011

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President Barack Obama has logged more than 300 miles in the rural Midwest so far on what Republican frontrunner, Mitt Romney, is calling his “Magical Misery Tour.” The three-day bus trip will take President Obama through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. But many are more interested in the mystery than any economic misery. The mystery is […]

IBM produces first ‘brain chips’

August 19, 2011

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IBM has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain. The system is capable of “rewiring” its connections as it encounters new information, similar to the way biological synapses work. Researchers believe that that by replicating that feature, the technology could start to learn. Cognitive computers may eventually […]

US will review 300,000 immigrant deportation cases

August 19, 2011

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Illegal immigrants to the US who pose no threat to the public are likely to have deportation proceedings against them shelved, the Obama administration has announced. Reviews will be conducted of about 300,000 illegal immigrants marked for deportation, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said. Republicans have argued the policy sidesteps Congressional lawmakers. An estimated 11m […]

‘Star Trek’ sequel 2012/2013

August 19, 2011

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J.J. Abrams eager for ‘Star Trek’ sequel but says he won’t rush it “Star Trek” fans were heartened this weekend when one person involved in the 2009 reboot said that the planets were finally aligning for a sequel. A movie that continues the prequel adventures of the young crew of the USS Enterprise could potentially […]

How old the Moon?

August 19, 2011

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That old moon might not be as antique as we thought, some scientist think. They say it’s possible that it isn’t a day over 4.4 billion years old. But other astronomers disagree with a new study’s conclusions. They think the moon is up to its typical age-defying tricks and is really pushing 4.6 billion as […]

Wood may be 10 million years older than thought!

August 19, 2011

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A study of 400-million-year-old samples of fossils has revealed that woody plants appeared about 10 million years earlier than previously thought. The samples revealed rings of cells characteristic of wood, a team of scientists observed. They also suggested that the woody substance appeared to be a mechanism to transport water rather than acting as a […]

Brain-eating amoebas blamed in three deaths

August 19, 2011

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It’s eerie but it’s true: Three people have died this summer after suffering rare infections from a waterborne amoeba that destroys the brain. … The amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, is the only type that infects humans and is more than 95% lethal. The first death in 2011 occurred in June in Louisiana, according to the […]

Criminal ‘Flash mobs’ pose challenge to police tactics

August 19, 2011

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Flash mobs are typically random performance art, not gatherings of criminals. I organized the first flash mob in Sacramento years ago. We put on tin foil hats and walked from the Crest Theatre to a nearby park to hear some music, then disbanded. Armed with cellphones and connected through Facebook, bands of young people have […]

China Debuts a Drone at Robotics Show – WSJ.com

August 19, 2011

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Nathan Hodge – China made its debut this week at the world’s largest robotics trade show when a Shenzhen-based firm showcased its F50, a small drone with a high-definition video camera that a company brochure billed as a tool for monitoring protests, or responding to building fires.   The appearance of AEE Technology Co.’s relatively […]