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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

News-type Stuff

Not all news articles per se, but still interesting current-event tidbits.

F-35 Performs Its First Vertical Landing
Pretty awesome...

"After cost overruns, a series of delays, and almost a decade of hype, the F-35 Lighting finally performed a vertical landing for the first time. Yesterday at 1 P.M., after descending from a 150-foot-high hover, the test plane touched down on the tarmac at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. This is a significant step forward for the F-35, as its vertical takeoff and landing capability are crucial to the fighter's role as a replacement for the aging Harrier jet."

I still prefer the F-22 though...

Caterpillar Camouflage
The camouflage is almost perfect...
But that thing seriously gives me goosebumps just looking at it.

Average Driving Speeds in the USA

Of course those green states are fast... they're driving through flat, open roads.
But Massachusetts is in the bottom 10??  I blame 128 and the Big Dig.
(WSJ via ChartPorn)

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TV presenter gets death sentence for 'sorcery'

Clearly a devil worshiper:
Ali Hussain Sibat, former host of a popular call-in show
that aired on Sheherazade, a Beirut based satellite TV channel

"Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to stop the execution of a Lebanese man sentenced to death for "sorcery.""

"According to his lawyer, Sibat, who is 48 and has five children, would predict the future on his show and give out advice to his audience.

The attorney, May El Khansa, who is in Lebanon, tells CNN her client was arrested by Saudi Arabia's religious police (known as the Mutawa'een) and charged with sorcery while visiting the country in May 2008. Sibat was in Saudi Arabia to perform the Islamic religious pilgrimage known as Umra."

More on Health Care Reform
Look ma! I'm like modern-day reporter! I just regurgitate things I read on Facebook and Twitter!


Pregnant Male Pipefish Selectively Abort Young from Ugly Females

"A new study of sea horse cousins called pipefish found that the males can be particular—and proactive—about how they treat their developing young. These fish's dedication to their unborn progeny appears to depend on how suitable they find the female mate to be, reports a pair of researchers from Texas A&M University.

"If the male likes the mom, the kids are treated better," Kimberly Paczolt, of the Department of Biology at A&M and lead researcher in the study, said in a prepared statement."

"They found that when males were more reluctant to mate with a female, fewer healthy offspring resulted from the coupling."
[Reluctant, but like any male, they had sex anyway.]

(Scientific American via Neatorama)

Local News
Watch until the end. That's when the real reporting starts.

(Probably Bad News)

Fast Food: Calories per Dollar
Time to get me some McDonald's Fries

And this isn't news at all:

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