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Submission + - Actress Grace Lee Whitney, Yeoman Janice Rand, has died. (huffingtonpost.com)

SternisheFan writes: Grace Lee Whitney, the actress who played Yeoman Janice Rand on “Star Trek: The Original Series,” reportedly died Friday in her home in Coarsegold, California. No cause of death has been reported. She was 85.

The versatile actress and vocalist was born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1930. She was adopted by the Whitney family, and as a teenager, began her career in entertainment as a singer and dancer. She eventually became interested in acting and in 1966, clinched a role as Yeoman Janice Rand, a personal assistant to William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk in the first season of the original “Star Trek” TV series.

Submission + - American Psychological Association hit with new torture allegations (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Did the American Psychological Association (APA) collude with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to enable the torture of detainees in the War on Terror? The answer won't be known until June, when an independent investigation is due to conclude. But at least one thing was made clear today in a report from an independent group of psychologists based on e-mail exchanges between APA and CIA officials from 2003 to 2006: The world's largest professional organization for psychologists has maintained a surprisingly cozy relationship with the defense and intelligence community.

Submission + - FAA: 2 million lines of code process new air traffic system (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: he Federal Aviation Administration this week said it had completed the momentous replacement of 40-year old main computer systems that control air traffic in the US. Known as En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), the system is expected to increase air traffic flow, improve automated navigation and strengthen aircraft conflict detection services, with the end result being increased safety and less flight congestion.

Comment Re:Sad to hear... (Score 1) 123

The "promised" version of the Ouya seemed good, just that it could be used for game emulation would've been enough to warrant buying it. After some time we learned the controller was poor, the tegra chip underpowered and not upgradable, and it wasn't as 'hackable' as it was first thought to be. Done right, it could've opened up lots of uses, but since most game emulation can be done by any decent smartphone/ tablet with any well made bluetooth controller made Ouya un-unique. So it would be a fun gadget to screw around with, I can only see buying it for real cheap, since it will just end up in the bottom of my extra electronics drawer with all the other dead-tech devices after a while.

Comment Re:Just staggering... (Score 1) 193

What Scientists Learned Mapping a Sunken Aircraft Carrier

SCIENTISTS HAVE SURVEYED a World War II-era aircraft carrier scuttled off the coast of San Francisco in 1951, advancing our understanding of how thoroughly we can explore the ocean floor while providing new knowledge about how ships fare after decades under water.

The 3-D sonar survey of the USS Independence was part of a two-year project by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to find and document hundreds of wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones and learn more about the area’s rich maritime and biological history.


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