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coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."

Submission + - Old School Censorship: Piglet banned in Qatar

Anonymous Coward writes: "A blogger on Qatar Living posted a crazy story about how he found that Disney's Piglet had been meticulously censored out of a children's Winnie-the-Pooh enyclodpedia. State censors (from either Qatar or Saudi Arabia) had deliberately "censored" out each and every picture of Piglet from hundreds of pages in the book with a black marker.
In the Middle East pigs are seen as dirty animals and Muslims are forbidden to eat them but trying to get rid of cute little Piglet is just crazy! Full post with pictures from inside the book here : let-banned-in-middle-east"
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Submission + - What to do with a website hated by women

An anonymous reader writes: Hi! Need some advice. I do all the PR stuff in this web design company. We have some problems with our website. Women don't like it! Yesterday I got a task to think a couple of days and tell my chief what I've decided. Keep it simple black and white as it is, tell the design department to create some flash animation with Maria Antuanette puke or draw some bees and flowers. People in UK still think we in Lithuania sit in the cave and keep inventing the wheel! As we are to establish office in London and enter new foreign markets, your opinion is really important! What you think? Women, I've been in a great dilemma since then. Two days left to decide. look please at the front page:

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Ghost Pig writes "The people of Exiled Gamers have put together an Abandonware Campaign with which they hope to be able to convince game publishers to rescue titles from their current 'Abandonware' status, and make them available for the public to play (legally) once again. They have made mention of quite a few titles that have slipped into the status of Abandonware (titles that it's no longer possible to buy at retail, and that are near impossible to locate on sites such as eBay), which includes System Shock 2, Freespace 2, as well as older titles, such as The Chaos Engine, Alien Breed and Flashback."

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I couldn't agree more fully with your opening paragraphs stating what science is. Congratulations, you are one of the very few people who actually know what science is and what it is not. However, you don't seem to know what irreducible complexity means.

Irreducible complexity is applied to natural selection, not any physical process. For instance, without gears a watch is completely useless. Without hands, a watch is completely useless. Without the face, a watch is pretty much useless. Now, think about a watch as an eye or some other ridiculously complex organ (or molecular machine, such as ATP pumps - slightly more difficult to imagine). The individual parts of the whole are useless, in and of themselves. However, it is only when put together in a very specific and total way that any of the parts have value. There's no reason to have one without the other.

Irreducible complexity is simply the claim that evolution does not allow for the development of organs or molecular machines that are all or nothing. In evolution / natural selection, everything must be reducible in nature. It is intuitive for arms and fins and wings to behave under evolution / natural selection, but less so for parts of organs / molecular machines that are co-dependent and have no individual function.

It's a difficult topic to explain, hopefully that made a bit of sense.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten