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Submission + - E.P.A. Scales Back Emissission Rules (

avtchillsboro writes: "A NY Times article details (FTA) "(r)esponding to a changed political climate and a court-ordered deadline, the Obama administration issued significantly revised new air pollution rules on Wednesday that will make it easier for operators of thousands of industrial boilers and incinerators to meet federal air quality standards.""

Submission + - NASA wants spacecraft for Mars return trip (

coondoggie writes: If we ever do get to Mars, getting home might prove to be as difficult. NASA today selected three companies — Alliant Techsystems, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman — to being the task of defining the spacecraft that will leave Mars, presumably at first loaded with red planet rock samples, then later possibly humans — for a safe trip back to Earth.

The engineering challenges those three companies face are immense

Submission + - World’s smallest computer unveiled

An anonymous reader writes: A new millimeter-scale computing system that can hold up to a week's worth of information has been created by researchers at the University of Michigan and is being hailed across the world as the "smallest computer" ever. Primarily targeted at medical applications, it might one day be used to track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make virtually any object smart and trackable, according to a release from the University.

Submission + - Robot Butler Hitches Ride to ISS (

Stenchwarrior writes: The space shuttle Discovery, slated to launch Thursday afternoon, is carrying a humanoid robot named Robonaut 2 up to the orbiting lab. Robonaut 2 — also known as R2 -" is a prototype robotic assistant designed to help human crews with chores and repairs. Researchers will use the bot as a test bed to help develop more advanced robotic helpers in the future.

Submission + - Immigration Officer Places Wife On Terrorist List ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Reuters reports that a British immigration officer has been fired for gross misconduct after placing his wife on the no-fly list while she was in Pakistan visiting her family.

She was forced to remain there for three years, without explanation of why she was being prevented from returning, until her husband's actions came to light during an interview for a promotion in which he questioned about his wife being a suspected terrorist. It does not appear that he will face any criminal charges for his actions.

Comment Re:yes it does (Score 1) 463

Now I get it--you didn't believe Obama but voted for him anyway because believes in himself.
In other words--HE's the one that's gullible; & you think that makes for a good presidential candidate
That makes ALL KINDS of sense!!

Dude--I still say you have a talent for splitting hairs...and admire your trolling skills

Comment Re:yes it does (Score 0) 463

Your problem--that you don't understand--is that you are gullible.
but you make up for it with a talent for splitting hairs.

Fact is that on at least one occasion an interviewer called Obama on

A) whether his so-called progressive agenda would in fact be good for America, and
B) whether he could achieve his campaign promises.

His response was telling: he said if not he would likely be a one-term president

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