samkass writes: A new show named "Head Rush" — which aims to "trick kids into learning science" — starts on Monday on the Science channel. It's an hour a day of commercial-free, MythBusters-style science aimed at kids and hosted by Mythbusters' Kari Byron on the Science Channel. The show is part of President Obama's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative, which is geared toward "moving American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade."
Sam writes: A new goalpost has been set in the race for faster bootup times. MontaVista Software announced (and demonstrated at the Virtual Freescale Technology Forum) a dashboard application going from cold boot to operational in one second flat on their embedded Linux platform. Although this is unlikely to immediately benefit your average Linux user, previous real-time patches have eventually made their way into the main kernel.
booga writes: c|net is reporting that "unnamed Middle Eastern partners" have invested enough money in SCO to take it private and see their litigation through to "their full conclusion". According to the article, SCO should exit bankruptcy within the year and continue to litigate while releasing "new innovations ready or soon to be ready to be released".
The Dumb Criminals Dept writes: KPRC in Houston, TX, reports that an unusually dumb criminal who worked for the US Transportation Security Administration stole an iPod from luggage he processed that had the owner's name and cellphone number engraved on it. He then loaded the iPod with photos of himself in his uniform. He then pawned the iPod without wiping his pictures. The pawnshop buyer called the number on the back, who confirmed the iPod was stolen, and the photos led the police right to the criminal mastermind.
samkass writes: In the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, Democrat Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone is going to vote for the Republican speaker of the house, effectively giving control of the PA house to Republicans despite a new Democratic 102-101 majority. This according to a Pittsburgh Post Gazette story, accompanied by the text of his letter. One hopes the federal US Congressional representatives will be more likely to represent their voters than they appear to be willing to do here in PA.