36 million drivers would flunk drivers tests - "Is it just your imagination, or do many of your fellow motorists lack even a rudimentary grasp of traffic laws? Well, if a test administered by GMAC Insurance is any indication, one in six people cruising our highways and byways -- roughly 36 million licensed drivers -- would flunk their driver's test if they had to take it today. Not only that, but based on the 2007 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test data the state with the most road-going dummies is New York, while the most knowledgeable ones are out West to Idaho."
Are we getting closer to cloning humans? - "Earlier this week a team in the U.S. led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, announced they had created the first cloned monkey embryo and extracted stem cells from it."
Very Light Jet (VLJ) aircraft for 2008-2010 - Costs on personal jets are dropping. Here are 6 new models coming down the pipe.
The Untold Story: How One Small Disc Carried One Giant Message for Mankind - "Inside that bag, next to a couple of embroidered emblems, medals and a gold olive branch, is a small case. Contained within that thin metal sheath is a silicon disc about the size of a half dollar coin. Etched onto that disc, in letters no larger than one-fourth the width of a human hair, are 73 messages."
The god of small things - "Forty years ago, an unknown Edinburgh physicist came up with a theory of how the universe holds together - sparking a multibillion-dollar race to find the key particle. Is the most sought after prize in modern physics about to be won at last?"
Worst Forest Disaster in U.S. History - "When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast two years ago, the storm devastated 320 million trees. Now the United States is suffering the worst forest catastrophe in its history, according to a new analysis by the journal Science."
Led by Robots, Roaches Abandon Instincts - "This experiment in bug peer pressure combined entomology, robotics and the study of ways that complex and even intelligent patterns can arise from simple behavior. Animal behavior research shows that swarms working together can prosper where individuals might fail, and robotics researchers have been experimenting with simple robots that, together, act a little like a swarm."
Executive Summary of the current Security Threats - A 15 minute video summarizing Microsoft's observations on trends in security threats: "Join MS executives as they discuss the latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR) and the recent trends Microsoft has seen: software vulnerabilities, malicious software (malware), spyware, and the like. Learn what that means for your business and what actions you should take to protect your business." I don't know why, but there is something weird about a Microsoft employee holding a spiral notebook.
Honda to lease fuel-cell cars next summer - "The Honda FCX Clarity, which was shown Wednesday at the Los Angeles auto show, will carry a lease price of $600 a month on a three-year lease. The lease price includes maintenance and collision insurance."
Scientists Find that Low Self-Esteem and Materialism Goes Hand in Hand - "The paradox that findings such as these bring up, is that consumerism is good for the economy but bad for the individual. In the short run, it's good for the economy when young people believe they need to buy an entirely new wardrobe every year, for example. But the hidden cost is much higher than the dollar amount. There are costs in happiness when people believe that their value is extrinsic. "