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+ - New Study Shows Independent Evidence Of Global Warming->

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mindfullygreen (2794323) writes "Research published in Jan 2013 in Geophysical Research Letters applied paleoclimatology techniques to construct a temperature record of the last one hundred and thirty years.

To constuct the record the researchers used hundreds of different proxy sources for temperature from around the globe. These proxies include coral, ice cores, mineral deposits in caves, lake and ocean sediments, as well as a few historical records like grape harvest dates. Additionally, the authors specifically excluded data, such as tree ring examinations, that have proved controversial in recent years.

Using that data, the authors found that global warming trends began in about the year 1800, just as the industrial revolution was gaining steam. Original research here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2012GL054271/full"

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+ - Human Rights Watch: Petition Against Robots on the Battle Field-> 1

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KublaCant writes ""At this very moment, researchers around the world – including in the United States – are working to develop fully autonomous war machines: killer robots. This is not science fiction. It is a real and powerful threat to humanity". These are the first words of a Human Rights Watch Petition to Presdient Obama to keep robots from the battlefield. The argument is that robots possess neither common sense, "real" reason, any sense of mercy nor — most important — the option to not obey illegal commands. What with the fast-spreading use of drones et al. , we are allegedly a long way off from Asimov's famous Three Laws of Robotics being implanted in autonomous fighting machines, or into any ( semi- ) autonomous robot. A "Stop the Killer Robots" campaign will also be launched in April at the British House of Commons and includes many of the groups that successfully campaigned to have international action taken against cluster bombs and landmines. They hope to get a similar global treaty against autonomous weapons. The Guardian has more about this, including quotes from well-known robotics researcher Noel Sharkey from Sheffield University."
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Comment: Macquarie Uni been there done that '12 (Score 1) 46

by mindfullygreen (#42270759) Attached to: Australian Uni's Underground, Robot-Staffed Library
Macquarie Uni - also in Sydney - completed a 70m new university library March 2012 with automated book retrieval. And just to get competitive, It's got heaps of space with whiteboards, projectors and even a million litres of water on the roof for aircon (five green star rating). NB I'm not a Macquarie staff but former student who goes to the library any chance I can get. http://youtu.be/_4If8xFSDgg

You see but you do not observe. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes"

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