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Submission + - New Mexico driver's license soon will not be valid for air travel (foxnews.com)

fintler writes: Due to the expected enforcement of the REAL ID Act on Jan. 15, 2013, New Mexico travelers will need to be prepared to have TSA approved identification to be allowed to board a commercial aircraft. New Mexico driver's licenses are not valid valid identification after the law is in effect.

Submission + - F-15 fighter lands with one wing (aviatime.com)

An anonymous reader writes: During the collision the F-15 fighter lost one of its wings. Due to the intense fumes the pilot and his navigator Yehuar had no idea that they were flying with only one wing. This is why they chose not to abandon the jet and proceeded with a crash landing. Only when the aircraft was landed and Ziv Nadivi leaned back towards his navigator for a congratulatory handshake, he realized that the aircraft wing on the right hand side was missing.
Security

Submission + - Why e-voting sounds cool, but will never replace paper ballots (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "It’s election day in the United States. As I write this, thousands of Americans are lining up at polling stations around the country to decide the outcome of numerous political races — and, of course, whether Barrack Obama will remain the 44th president of the United States of America, or if Mitt Romney will supplant him to become the 45th. In the majority of cases, your vote will be cast by secret ballot — stepping into a booth and marking a piece of paper, or pushing a button on a machine — but many will also vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting in the US ranges from paper ballots mailed in by voters, all the way through to email voting for overseas citizens and military. This year, New Jersey has opened up email voting to those who have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. This has led many to ask a rather interesting question: Why not just allow everyone to vote via email? Heck, let’s go one better: Why can’t Americans vote via the internet? The United States, with an average turnout of 48%, has one of the worst voter turnouts in the world. The general consensus is that e-voting (internet voting, email voting, SMS voting, telephone voting) would lower the barrier to entry, thus increasing turnout. Suddenly, all of those people without a car, on holiday, or too busy at work, would be able to cast their vote. Viva la democracy, right? Wrong. For political, democratic, and security reasons, e-voting will almost certainly never take off in the US."

Submission + - Can Social Media Activity Predict Elections Result? (social-searcher.com)

socialsearcher writes: "Social Searcher company http://www.social-searcher.com/ produced social media study about US Elections candidates mentions on Facebook and Twitter during last 7 days of the elections race, when most of people get their final choise.
According to the analysis of more then 1.3 million public mentions, Mitt Romney is the obvious leader in social networks."

Submission + - Pumpktris (hahabird.com) 1

antdude writes: ""Pumpktris is a fully playable version of Tetris built into a pumpkin, with 128 Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) for the display and the stem serving as a game controller.""
Science

Submission + - Diabetes May Be Reversed By Long-Used Vaccine, Drug-makers not interested (constantcontact.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: "A tuberculosis vaccine in use for 90 years may help reverse Type 1 diabetes and eliminate the life- long need for insulin injections, say Harvard University researchers raising money to conduct large, human studies." "...they tried to interest every major drugmaker in developing the vaccine as a possible cure for diabetes. All told her there wasn’t enough money to be made in a cure that used an inexpensive, generically available vaccine."

Comment Re:Why are we still talking about this? (Score 1) 1774

I suppose that is a good point. I personally define creationism a little more loosly as the entire process employeed by God (or whomever you prefer) to get from "nothing" to what we now have, whether that be through evolution, big bang, or what-have-you.

Perhaps to be more correct, I should have said that I believe many religious people realize that the science of evolution does not discount the involvement of a diety.

I recall reading a story a few months ago on this subject, and was surprised to see how large a percentage of religious americans accepted evolution as compatible with their religious beliefs. Before then, it seemed all I heard about were the extremists who fight against evolution whole-heartedly. This is what prompted my initial comment.

Submission + - Star Trek Enterprise D Bridge Restoration (newstarship.com)

MrYingster writes: A group of people are working on restoring the set of the bridge from the beloved Star Trek Enterprise D. The set in question is actually the one used in Star Trek The Experience in Las Vegas for many years. The original set was completely destroyed during the filming of Star Trek Generations. They intend to use Kick Starter to get the necessary fundings for a full restoration. The following is from their Facebook page.
”A highly skilled group of Hollywood professionals are in the process of completely restoring this set to it’s original splendor, and MAKE IT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for Meetings, Movie Showings, Fund Raisers, Tours, Filming, anything!! Eventually, we will be doing a KICKSTARTER Campaign, but only after we have the estimates of restoration PLUS the support and STAR TREK ACTORS plus famous fans of the show.”

Submission + - Teen Marijuana Use Linked To IQ Loss

An anonymous reader writes: Frequent marijuana use before the age of 18 may cause irreversible harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, scientists claim. Middle-aged people who had started using marijuana in their teens showed an average decline in IQ by about 8 points and quitting pot did not appear to reverse the loss either, according to researchers at Duke University.
Mars

Submission + - Meet the Very First Rover to Land on Mars (ieee.org)

toygeek writes: Before Curiosity, before Opportunity, before Spirit, and before Sojourner, the very first robot to land on Mars was this little guy, way back in December of 1971. Called PrOP-M, the rover was part of the Soviet Union's Mars-3 mission, which had the potential to deploy the first ever mobile scientific instruments onto the Martian surface. Article also contains Russian video on early rovers.
Hardware

Submission + - The History of the Floppy Disk (hp.com)

Esther Schindler writes: "Ready for a nostalgic trip into the wayback? We had floppy disks long before we had CDs, DVDs, or USB thumb-drives. Here’s the evolution of the portable media that changed everything about personal computing.

According to another story from Jimmy Adkisson, a Shugart engineer, “Jim Adkisson and Don Massaro were discussing the proposed drive's size with Wang. The trio just happened to be doing their discussing at a bar. An Wang motioned to a drink napkin and stated 'about that size' which happened to be 5 1/4-inches wide.”

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Apple

Submission + - Is your iPad keeping you up at night? (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Researchers have discovered that relatively little exposure to tablets and other electronics with backlit displays can keep people up at night by messing with their circadian rhythms. The study from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute showed that a 2-hour exposure to electronic devices with such displays causes suppression of the melatonin hormone and could make it especially tough for teens to fall asleep. The study, funded by Sharp Laboratories of America, simulated usage of such devices among 13 people using special glasses/goggles and light meters

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