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Pop!Casts: Adrian Bowyer

Pop!Casts: A machine that builds itself? Adrian Bowyer, leading researcher at the University of Bath, shows us that this seemingly fantastic idea is not far from becoming reality. The self-replicating rapid prototyper, or “RepRap,” could have dramatic effects on people in developing countries. (Via The Pirates Dilemma.) The thought of being able to take any ...

Fuel for Thought: Financial Page: The New Yorker

Fuel for Thought: Financial Page: The New Yorker: In calling for a law requiring better gas mileage in our cars, then, voters are really saying that they’re unhappy with the collective result of the choices they make as buyers. This is a neat quote, summing up how competitive pressures can cause every individual to become ...

Votergasm

> Voters who visit the Votergasm website can choose from three > different levels of commitment: > > * “Votergasm citizens” must pledge to withhold sex from non-voters > for a week after election night > * “Patriot-level commitment” requires a voter to have sex with > another voter on election night as well as ...

Urban Legends: Automobiles (Sweet Revenge)

Judging from the entries made on one police blotter after another, cars around the nation are having their gas tanks sugared by those whom their owners have displeased. Why is this happening? Because, according to widespread belief, sugar poured into a gas tank will Sugar, Sugar turn into a poor man’s version of liquid cement ...

Gas Prices

What the options are for lowering oil prices | csmonitor.com bq. Some US senators want to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a way to lower the price of crude oil. OPEC is talking about increasing production. A consumer group wants the Bush administration to open up an investigation into the competitive practices of the ...

EPA Inflates Hybrid MPG

Wired News: Hybrid Mileage Comes Up Short bq. after a few months of commuting to his job in Cincinnati, Blackshaw’s hybrid euphoria vanished as his car’s odometer revealed that the gas mileage he was hoping for was only a pipe dream. Honda’s Civic Hybrid is rated by the EPA to get 47 miles per gallon ...

Phone: I’m Drunk, Get a Cab

BBC NEWS | Technology | Software ‘chum’ to help students His favourite feature – Take Me Home, I’m Drunk – is most likely to be used after students have taken advice on the best pubs in the area. It sends a message to a local taxi firm, detailing the address where the student can be ...

Outsourcing is a Fad

Getting to ” Very Satisfied” – Lewis and Brzykcy, fortysomething sisters with otherwise normal lives as a training consultant and a management consultant, respectively, in suburban Illinois, decided to channel their own mounting dissatisfaction as customers into a full-flung survey of almost 500 retailers. At home-improvement stores, gas stations, and fast-food restaurants, the sisters shopped, ...

Thermodynamics of Hell

“(extlink)The Nature of Hell”:http://www.prometheus6.org/2004/01/the_nature_of_hell.php – The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term. The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well. [ Prometheus 6 ...

British IRS has Sense of Humor

p. “(extlink)Adam Smith Institute Blog”:http://www.adamsmithblog.org republished a “(extlink)letter reprinted in the Guardian”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardian_jobs_and_money/story/0,3605,1050281,00.html from the British Tax Collection Agency in response to an irate letter from someone owing taxes. It’s quite funny, and certainly more humorous than an American response from the IRS.