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« Reply #12690 on: May 9th, 2015, 11:44am »

Teens probably won’t like self-driving cars, but their parents will

Date: May 8, 2015
Source: Carnegie Mellon
Summary: If consumers have their way, self-driving cars will enable parents to keep tighter reins on teen motorists. A new survey reveals that people are soundly in favor of putting parental controls in high-tech cars of the future. One thousand people, aged 18 to 70, were polled to learn which freedom-foiling attribute they deemed most important.



A survey conducted by the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University reveals that people are soundly in favor of putting parental controls in high-tech cars of the future. One thousand people, aged 18 to 70, were polled to learn which freedom-foiling attribute they deemed most important.

Top Parental Controls

1. Control to set speed limit, curfew time and number of passengers (84 percent)
2. Control feature to limit the geographic range the car will travel (61 percent)
3. Parent text display to communicate with driver (60 percent)

Roughly 84 percent all respondents wanted to control: a car's speed, the number of friends who can pile into the car and the driver's curfew time. Women (87 percent) were strongly in support of this capability, as were 91percent of people aged 66 to 70. Even 81 percent of the youngest polled, ages 18-24, favored these novel features.

Implementing these types of control technologies could save lives, prevent injuries and reduce costs associated with accidents. In 2013, 2,524 teenagers perished in motor vehicles crashes, making vehicle accidents the leading cause of death for teenagers. Compared to older drivers and miles driven, teen drivers are three times more likely to be in a fatal wreck. Young, inexperienced drivers tend to speed and drive too fast for road conditions. Further, teens are more likely to crash when they have teen passengers in the car.

When it comes to curtailing the distance teen drivers can travel, men (62 percent) and women (61percent) closely align on this point. This notion, however, did not resonate well with 18- to 24-year-olds. Only 54 percent of them opted for this feature, whereas nearly 65 percent of drivers aged 36 to 45 would constrain a car's geographic range.

The one area where 18- to 24-year-olds outscored all other age groups was in their receptiveness to having a parental text display in the car. Surprisingly, 69 percent of the youngest respondents thought this was useful while only 53 percent of people aged 56 to 65 would consider this option. Women (63 percent) tended to be more receptive than men (57 percent) to this communication feature.

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« Reply #12691 on: May 9th, 2015, 6:35pm »

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« Reply #12693 on: May 10th, 2015, 08:02am »

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« Reply #12695 on: May 11th, 2015, 09:05am »

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UFO sighting: Stunned stargazer says 'I've never seen anything like this before' after making mysterious discovery

11 May 2015
By John Shammas

A stargazer could not believe his eyes after analysing a photograph he took near a planetarium showing what he believes must be an alien spacecraft.

Kenneth Parsons, 60, captured the image of the disc-shaped UFO near the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium in Hampshire.

But upon analysing his photos later that day, he came across one mysterious image which he could not explain.

He said: "I took many photos, both of the architecture there and the surrounding countryside.

"When I later reviewed the taken pictures on my PC, I noticed something in the air on one image, although I hadn't seen anything flying past at the time of recording this particular view.

"Naturally I first thought I had merely caught an insect close to the lens of my camera, or maybe a bird.

"After enlargement I began to realise, instead, what has been captured is a disc-shaped aerial object in the background - or midfield I guess you could call it - a mile away or so I would estimate.

"For those who may think this is merely a bug or a bird I advise you to look much more closely at the picture.

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« Reply #12696 on: May 11th, 2015, 09:09am »

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Stone Age mourners 'placed flowers on graves'

May 10 2015

Remains of fossilised pollen were found on the decorative tomb of a Stone Age woman known as the Red Lady

Placing flowers on the graves of loved ones seems to be as old as mankind, a new study suggests.

Remains of fossilised pollen were found on the decorative tomb of a Stone Age woman known as the Red Lady found in the El Mirón cave at Cantabria, Spain.

The reddish colour of the bones and the sediment in which they lie point to the use of ochre as part of the interment while engravings suggest a ritual burial.

Archaeologists found the remains date back more than 16,000 years ago and come from a period when the ice age was retreating and the climate was improving.

The flowers would have been colourful in an overwise drab environment and their appearance in the cave did not seem "natural."

Maria Jose Iriarte of the University of the Basque Country said: "They put whole flowers on the tomb, but it has not been possible to say whether the aim of placing plants was to do with a ritual offering for the dead person, or whether El Mirón cave was inhabited between the Middle Palaeolithic and the Bronze Age and therefore contains a significant archaeological deposit."

However she ruled out these plants may have been used for food or therapeutic purposes and added "the most plausible hypothesis is that complete flowers were placed on the tomb.

"It has not been possible to say whether the aim of placing these plants was to give the dead woman a ritual offering, or whether they fulfilled a more simple purpose linked, for example, to hygiene or cleansing.

"With their small, generally white or yellowish flowers we would not regard them as colourful plants today although we cannot apply the Principle of Actualism to human conduct in these merely aesthetic matters."

The Red Lady was discovered in 2010 and is an unique burial site, because there are hardly any Palaeolithic tombs like this one which is intact and which has not been contaminated.

The grave containing the osseous remains of a woman aged between 35 and 40 at the back of the cave in a small space between the wall and a block that has come away from the roof.

There are various engravings on this block that could belong to the same period as the burial.

It was found in the levels corresponding to the Cantabrian Lower Magdalenian Age when it was very cold and fairly dry and influenced the plant landscape, characterised by the sparse tree cover comprising pines and birches.

Yet towards the end of this period there was an improvement in the climate which signified a slight increase in the tree-covered areas and the record of the hazelnut tree among its components.

The researchers found a high concentration of pollen of plants of a single family, the so-called Chenopodiaceae.

The appearance of part of this pollen grouped together with the absence of this taxon in other records of the same archaeological level from other parts of the cave suggest that they did not appear naturally.

The study was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

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Marine Surprised When He Is Reunited With The Working Dog He Promised To Bring Home

When Marine Sergeant Ross Gundlach and his K9 partner, Casey, served in Afghanistan, Ross made a promise to the dog that he would do whatever it took to find her when he returned home.

Ross worked with Casey sweeping roads for explosives in Helmand Province and the pair bonded while overseas. They successfully completed 150 combat missions together, and Ross credits Casey for saving his life and several in his unit.

“About midway through, I told her if we made it out alive I’d do whatever it took to find her,” Ross said. “I owe her. I want to take care of her…I’ll just try to give her the best life she can have from here on out.”

Ross returned home and Casey was adopted by the State Fire Marshal’s Office to serve as an explosive detection canine for the State of Iowa.

Ross did not give up with wanting to reunite with his war buddy and with some very special help from friends and the Iowa Elks Association, Ross was surprised by Casey at an Iowa Statehouse rotunda ceremony. During the surprise reunion, the Office of the State Fire Marshal told a shocked Ross that Casey was officially his to take home.


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on May 11th, 2015, 12:19pm, Swamprat wrote:
Marine Surprised When He Is Reunited With The Working Dog He Promised To Bring Home

When Marine Sergeant Ross Gundlach and his K9 partner, Casey, served in Afghanistan, Ross made a promise to the dog that he would do whatever it took to find her when he returned home.

Ross worked with Casey sweeping roads for explosives in Helmand Province and the pair bonded while overseas. They successfully completed 150 combat missions together, and Ross credits Casey for saving his life and several in his unit.

“About midway through, I told her if we made it out alive I’d do whatever it took to find her,” Ross said. “I owe her. I want to take care of her…I’ll just try to give her the best life she can have from here on out.”

Ross returned home and Casey was adopted by the State Fire Marshal’s Office to serve as an explosive detection canine for the State of Iowa.

Ross did not give up with wanting to reunite with his war buddy and with some very special help from friends and the Iowa Elks Association, Ross was surprised by Casey at an Iowa Statehouse rotunda ceremony. During the surprise reunion, the Office of the State Fire Marshal told a shocked Ross that Casey was officially his to take home.


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http://www.reshareworthy.com/marine-reunited-with-dog/?hootPostID=376df0d9a350a17b5463495000f0dd7a



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« Reply #12702 on: May 12th, 2015, 09:02am »

GOOD MORNING Z cheesy

I HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD WEEK SO FAR.

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Daily Mail

UFO expert spots disk-shaped craft speeding high above the Australian desert - and says he has had 500 close encounters

By Liam Quinn For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 09:04 EST, 11 May 2015

An Australian man believes he spotted an extraterrestrial visitor on Saturday, when a UFO emerged in the sky above the Northern Territory.

Alan Ferguson captured the close encounter on camera on Saturday morning, when an alien spaceship soared above his Acacia Hills property about 50km south of Darwin.

The UFO expert, who documents sightings from around Australia on his website UFOTerritory, said he set his camera on a fast-speed loop.

The unusual occurrence has become somewhat normal for Mr Ferguson, who told Daily Mail Australia he has seen more than 500 UFOs.

'Over the years it would be a large amount somewhere around 500-plus at least - it's ongoing all the time,' he said.

'If it's not flashes in the sky... it's an annoying warm gut feeling to go outside. They let me know.'

Mr Ferguson said his life-long study of the skies started in the back of his parents car on a family drive.

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Science Daily

Controlling swarms of cooperative robots with light and a single finger

May 12, 2015
Georgia Institute of Technology

Using a smart tablet and a red beam of light, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a system that allows people to control a fleet of robots with the swipe of a finger. A person taps the tablet to control where the beam of light appears on a floor. The swarm robots then roll toward the illumination, constantly communicating with each other and deciding how to evenly cover the lit area. When the person swipes the tablet to drag the light across the floor, the robots follow. If the operator puts two fingers in different locations on the tablet, the machines will split into teams and repeat the process.

The new Georgia Tech algorithm that fuels this system demonstrates the potential of easily controlling large teams of robots, which is relevant in manufacturing, agriculture and disaster areas.

"It's not possible for a person to control a thousand or a million robots by individually programming each one where to go," said Magnus Egerstedt, Schlumberger Professor in Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "Instead, the operator controls an area that needs to be explored. Then the robots work together to determine the best ways to accomplish the job."

Egerstedt envisions a scenario in which an operator sends a large fleet of machines into a specific area of a tsunami-ravaged region. The robots could search for survivors, dividing themselves into equal sections. If some machines were suddenly needed in a new area, a single person could quickly redeploy them.

The Georgia Tech model is different from many other robotic coverage algorithms because it's not static. It's flexible enough to allow robots to "change their minds" effectively, rather than just performing the single job they're programmed to do.

"The field of swarm robotics gets difficult when you expect teams of robots to be as dynamic and adaptive as humans," Egerstedt explained. "People can quickly adapt to changing circumstances, make new decisions and act. Robots typically can't. It's hard for them to talk and form plans when everything is changing around them."

In the Georgia Tech demonstration, each robot is constantly measuring how much light is in its local "neighborhood." It's also chatting with its neighbor. When there's too much light in its area, the robot moves away so that another can steal some of its light.

"The robots are working together to make sure that each one has the same amount of light in its own area," said Egerstedt.

The tablet-based control system has one final benefit: it was designed with everyone in mind. Anyone can control the robots, even if they don't have a background in robotics.

"In the future, farmers could send machines into their fields to inspect the crops," said Georgia Tech Ph.D. candidate Yancy Diaz-Mercado. "Workers on manufacturing floors could direct robots to one side of the warehouse to collect items, then quickly direct them to another area if the need changes."

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Statesman Journal (Oregon)


UFO Festival celebrates all things other worldly

by Carlee Wright, Statesman Journal
9:01 p.m. PDT May 12, 2015

For four days, all things alien-inspired will take over McMinnville with the annual UFO Festival, a family-friendly event that includes presentations, lunches, live music, a fun run and costumed activities.

The festival began as a way to honor the 1950 Trent sighting in which two local McMinnville residents witnessed and photographed a UFO. Those images are said to be some of the most reliable images recorded of UFOs to date.

Make note, this year, there will be free buses running every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Take advantage of the services by using one of the park and ride locations at McMinnville High School, Newby Elementary and Duniway Middle School or Linfield's HP campus.

Here are some of the highlights you can find at the festival.

Guest speakers

This year's lineup includes witness and abductee Travis Walton, researcher and author Kathleen Marden, Nuclear Physicist Stanton T. Friedman, expert Grant Cameron; and UFO Reporting Center Director Peter Davenport. Visit ufofest.com for when and where each speaker will present and the cost of each event.

UFO Landing Party

Kick off your weekend at the UFO Landing Party, 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the US Bank Plaza on the corner of Third and Davis streets with live music, art demonstrations and more. Hosted by the McMinnville Downtown Association, the free party also features vendor booths — three times as many as last year — on Davis Street between Second and Fourth streets and Cowls between Second and Third streets. In addition to Friday, the vendors will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

Alien Abduction Dash

Run, skip, crawl or leap your way through the Alien Abduction Dash, a one-mile fun run and obstacle course. Registration is $12 and begins at 11:30 a.m. at US Bank Plaza. Sign up in advance at eventbrite.com or at the Cozine House. The race will begin at noon Saturday, May 16. For information, call (503) 272-3605.

Alien Parade

Take in all the other-worldly adventure at the Alien Parade, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, beginning at NE Fourth and Galloway. The parade will feature an eclectic mix of marching, grooving, hovering and dancing bands, spaceships, troupes of aliens, out-of-this-world decorated cars and more.

Alien Pet Costume Contest

Following the parade is the Alien Pet Costume Contest at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Buchanan Cellers, 855 NE Fifth St. It is open to all pets who have undergone a transformation into an alien creature. Registration is at 3:30 p.m.

When: Thursday-Sunday, May 14 -17

Where: Downtown McMinnville

Cost: Varies

Information: (503) 472-8427 or ufofest.com

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