jamie writes: "It's the timesaver of the century. 'Tired of arguing with climate change deniers in 140 character quips, the programmer wrote a script to do it for him. Chatbot @AI_AGW scans Twitter every five minutes searching for hundreds of phrases that fit the usual denier argument paradigm. Then it serves them up some science... Those who claim the entire solar system is warming are met with something like: 'Sun’s output has barely changed since 1970 & is irrelevant to recent global warming' followed by a link to corresponding scientific research.' Finally this guy can go to bed."
jamie writes: "Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell: 'American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains.' Current polls indicate that 39% of Delawareans plan to vote for her."
jamie writes: ""The first time I heard the idea, I thought, I’ve got more important things to do than spending my time honoring a microbe," said Gary Hebl, a Democratic state representative who proposed the bill... "But this microbe is really a very hard worker.""
jamie writes: ""The first game was Rock Paper Scissors. If we roshambo and I win, I get to pick what flavor pie you get. If you win, you choose.... The biggest adrenaline was when there was a line of people who’d been defeated by my skills. If three people in a row went down, the fourth customer to step up felt like they were coming up against a pitcher on a no-hit streak. When they won, it was pure joy.""
jamie writes: "A new site called Digg In The Future — created by 17-year-old high-school student Raj Vir as a research project — says that its algorithm can predict with 63-percent accuracy what shared links are going to make it to the front page of the Digg website. (Does it allow for brigades?)"
jamie writes: "And you thought your commute was bad. On one highway in northern China, the speed limit is measured in meters per day. The epic traffic jam is now in day 10 and some estimates are that it will last for weeks. Authorities, wisely, "advised drivers to take alternate routes.""
jamie writes: "A crate of Scotch whisky that was trapped in Antarctic ice for a century was finally opened Friday — but the heritage dram won't be tasted by whisky lovers because it's being preserved for its historical significance."