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Submission + - Conservatives' trust in science has fallen dramatically since mid-1970s (

An anonymous reader writes: While trust in science remained stable among people who self-identified as moderates and liberals in the United States between 1974 and 2010, trust in science fell among self-identified conservatives by more than 25 percent during the same period, according to a study by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "Over the last several decades, there's been an effort among those who define themselves as conservatives to clearly identify what it means to be a conservative," said the study's lead author. "For whatever reason, this appears to involve opposing science and universities and what is perceived as the 'liberal culture.' So, self-identified conservatives seem to lump these groups together and rally around the notion that what makes 'us' conservatives is that we don't agree with 'them.'"

Submission + - Tacocopter Startup To Deliver Tacos Using Drones (

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: "Do You Want Fry and Leela with That?" Dept.
If you live near Silicon Valley, and have a smartphone, then SkyNet is about to serve your lunch. In a private beta, Tacocopter will take your order and deliver to you by drone. Make sure you allow location awareness for their app: with the aid of your mobile's GPS, you'll have guacamole delivered with the accuracy of a Hellfire missle. The Huffington Post manages to sum this: "perhaps the next great startup out of Silicon Valley, which boasts a business plan that combines four of the most prominent touchstones of modern America: tacos, helicopters, robots and laziness." They forgot to note when talking to founder Star Simpson, that she was the geek gal from MIT's Personal Robots Group, who's LED t-shirt caused a TSA ruckus, a few years ago.

The Almighty Buck

Lord Lucas Says Record Companies "Blackmail" Users 236

Kijori writes "Lord Lucas, a member of the UK House of Lords, has accused record companies of blackmailing internet users by accusing people of copyright infringement who have no way to defend themselves. 'You can get away with asking for £500 or £1,000 and be paid on most occasions without any effort having to be made to really establish guilt. It is straightforward legal blackmail.' The issue is that there is no way for people to prove their innocence, since the record company's data is held to be conclusive proof, and home networking equipment does not log who is downloading what. Hopefully, at the very least, the fact that parliament has realised this fact will mean that copyright laws will get a little more sane."

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