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Feed 'Large Is Smart' When It Comes To Cities (sciencedaily.com)

A team of researchers have studied the growth of cities in different parts of the world and have come up with general equations that can foretell their consumption of resources and their contributions to society. The work has debunked the notion that cities act like biological organisms, that once they start they grow, and consume and contribute at predictable linear rates.

Journal Journal: Ethanol And Brazil: The New Global Energy Brand?

When it comes to energy, Brazil is on its way to becoming a "global brand." Although the United States recently outpaced Brazil in ethanol production, Brazil is by far the leader in sugar-based ethanol. Its exports are growing, and it could become a major energy supplier to the world. But what Brazil is particularly known for is its grand conversion-moving almost 40 percent of its automotive fuel from gasoline to ethanol.

Feed Docs Point to E-Voting Bug in Contested Race (wired.com)

Symptoms consistent with a known software flaw in a popular electronic voting machine surfaced widely in a controversial election in Sarasota County, Florida, last November, despite county officials' claims that a bug played no role in the election results.


Submission + - Making Computer Science More Attractive To Women

PatriceVignon writes: The number of women getting a Bachelor in computer science has declined according to this article in the NYTimes. The reason: "when high school girls think of computer scientists they think of geeks [...] and a lifetime of [...] writing computer code." Instead the universities would prefer to see CS as "the intellectual challenge of applying the study of cognition and the tools of computation to medicine, ecology, law, chemistry — virtually any kind of human endeavor." In order to make computer science more attractive (especially to women) some universities have dropped programming experience as an admission criterion. Isn't this misleading advertising, since you will never be able to get around the programming requirements? And if you are only interested in CS because of its applications in, e.g., medicine, wouldn't you be better off studying it and taking additional CS courses during your studies?

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"