Natural disaster strikes Haiti, and photographers worldwide descend on it. The New York Times asks if there are too many photographers in Haiti.
It looks like the United States military is moving away from “don’t ask, don’t tell”, and to something more accepting and inclusive. Here is a look at one woman’s experience under the current policy.
Scientists take a look at Western movie-style shootouts, wondering whether or not it’s an advantage to draw first.
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The United States military is huge, well-funded and uses the most technologically advanced systems on the planet. What does it run on? The Playstation 3.
(by Ran Hwang)
A man in Vietnam thought it would be a good idea to dig up the body of his dead wife and bring it home … so he could keep it in his bed and hug her body every night. This could be sweet, if it were not so creepy.
There is a danger in including the latest tweets on your news billboards, as demonstrated here.
Would you like a Terminator of your own? A certain governor of California, Batman, or Summer Glau to call your own? Then you’re in luck! The Terminator is up for auction!
(by Jason Barnhart)
Want to join the US Military? Chances are you’re too fat. Or sick. Or dumb. Sorry.
In their new book Superfreakonomics, the Steves (Levitt and Dubner, not Mr Topp) make some statements about global warming which are controversial. Which probably goes without saying — public statements about global warming are always controversial it seems, no matter what is said. Today (er, yesterday) they respond on their Freakonomics blog.
Far and away the best headline of the day: Call for debate on killer robots. I hope they hold said debate, and invite the governor of California as a subject matter expert.
(by Frank Chimero)
And now it’s debunking time!
We begin with the Economist taking on the myth of the fundamentalist atheist.
There are still those out there who insist that Obama was born in Kenya, and his presidency is illegal. They are now clinging to a purported Kenyan birth certificate that has surfaced. The birth certificate, as it turns out, appears to be a really, really bad forgery.