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Submission + - Printable batteries set to arrive by 2010

FullBandwidth writes: Paper-thin batteries that can be printed onto greeting cards or other flexible substrates have been demonstrated at Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems in Germany. The batteries have a relatively short life span, as the anode and cathode materials dissipate over time. However, they contain no hazardous materials.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 503

Indeed, a friend of mine who works as an EMT once mentioned that a common phenomenon EMTs encounter when discovering a human corpse that has been left alone with their pets for any sizable amount of time is that the cats will literally eat their owner's face.

Keep that in mind the next time your cat is rubbing up against you. It's just waiting. :(
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Experimental Video Game Evolves Its Own Content (ucf.edu)

Ken Stanley writes: "Just as interest in user-generated content in video games is heating up, a team of researchers at the University of Central Florida has released an experimental multiplayer game in which content items compete with each other in an evolutionary arms race to satisfy the players. As a result, particle system-based weapons, which are the evolving class of content, continually invent their own new behaviors based on what users liked in the past. Does the resulting experience in this game, called Galactic Arms Race, suggest that evolutionary algorithms may be the key to automated content generation in future multiplayer gaming and MMOs?"

Comment Re:Solution to the problem (Score 2, Insightful) 511

I've experienced a sense of extreme bitterness in my life. That feeling is very much accompanied by a sense of helplessness. Some recover and some do not recover.

It is, however, disingenuous to suggest that some people are just being whiny. Don't fool yourself. These people aren't happy being this way. They are miserable. They're probably depressed. Severely depressed. If you have ever been truly depressed you know these feelings well. They can ruin your life if you don't get help.

Being overly bitter is indicative of something. That person believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that they got screwed on the dice roll in life. If classifying extreme bitterness helps medical professionals make better decisions in how to help people in that situation, I applaud it.

Comment Re:Mostly just for cars (Score 1) 1186

This is actually a common misconception. I stand 6'7" and I drive a Honda Civic. The secret? I bought a coupe. The seat goes way back.

I also have driven literally 6 hours without getting up from that seat without knee cramps, which is something I get often.

It's very, very difficult to justify vehicle size based on physical stature.

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