Micro Robots

SRI International have developed incredibly small and fast robots that are capable of following building instructions - video embedded below:

SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.

sriinternational have a Tumblr blog here

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The Right Wing loves their “characters”. You see it in their wannabe hunters and cowboys on TV, and in politics. #Reagan #WBush #Palin
A shorter Tea Party/Right Wing: white males can do no wrong.


The Right Wing loves their “characters”. You see it in their wannabe hunters and cowboys on TV, and in politics. #Reagan #WBush #Palin

A shorter Tea Party/Right Wing: white males can do no wrong.


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States that embraced Obamacare — which presumably were more committed to public health in the first place — had lower uninsurance rates to start with and saw bigger declines. The states that resisted were the ones with the biggest uninsurance problems to start with and saw only token declines [in the number of people without health insurance]. In fact, the decline in states that embraced Obamacare was more than triple that in the other states, 2.8 percent vs. 0.8 percent.
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Stories to Watch: 4/22/14.

Today’s Earth Day headline, courtesy of National Journal: “Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010.”

Global warming will hit Florida especially hard. Might be a good time to stop voting for Republicans there.

Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in today’s Affirmative Action ruling pulls no punches. She is not happy — and she’s completely correct.

Republican Senator John Boozman of Arkansas undergoes emergency heart surgery. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

Is Republican opposition to marriage equality crumbling?

The conception mandate in Obamacare is actually very popular.

Finally, Canada’s middle class surpasses America’s for wealth, while a new study shows that one in three US deaths is the direct result of income inequality. Pointing this out is, of course, “class warfare” — except the last time inequality was this bad, angry French mobs dragged guillotines through the streets looking for the “job creators.” I’ll take the “let’s do something rational to fix this” approach over actual class warfare any day.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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The Worst of the Worst


by TeaPartyCat ()

The DLCC sent us their Worst of the Worst site today. It’s their compendium of all the things that Republican state legislators have said since March 2013, when the GOP released their Autopsy Report, which promised less offensive rhetoric. We all know how that turned out…

No surprise that they sent this to us. Exposing assholes is what we do. They put up their top 25 list, so I thought it would be interesting to see how many of them we featured here. Certainly we’d miss a few since we started the site on May 4, 2013, two months later than their starting point.


25 Worst of the Worst Republican State Legislators

15. Nevada State Assemblyman Jim Wheeler

Explained why he would vote for slavery

Nominated for Asshole of the Day, but didn’t win.

20. South Dakota State Senator Phil Jensen

Called discrimination against African American, LGBT customers “the constitutional right” of businesses

We named Phil Jensen Asshole of the Day on March 18 for this.

22. Virginia State Senator Steve Martin

Referred to pregnant women as “hosts”

We named Martin Asshole of the Day on February 24 for this.

25. Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman

Honored by the DLCC as a model for GOP diversity push

Grothman has been nominated on the site twice, but hasn’t won. His most recent nomination was for proposing that mother-in-laws get a legal say in whether a woman can have an abortion.
So we had 5 of their top 25. If anything, this proves there’s no end to the assholes in politics these days.

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Reservoir to Flush Millions of Gallons Because of Urine

Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.

Portland officials say they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water, for the second time in less than three years, because someone urinated into a city reservoir. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland. This time, 38 million gallons from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act.

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Racism, inequality is literally in the very air we breathe.

Raw Story: A study released by the University of Minnesota this week indicated that people of color are exposed to air that is 38 percent more polluted than the air breathed by white people.

In an interview with The Minnesota Post, the study’s lead researcher, Julian Marshall, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, said that “the main [factors in how polluted the air breathed in was] are race and income, and they both matter. In our findings, however, race matters more than income.”

When Marshall compared the exposure gap between high-income Hispanics and low-income whites, for example, the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations were still higher among high-income Hispanics.

“We were quite surprised to find such a large disparity between whites and nonwhites related to air pollution,” Marshall told The Minnesota Post. “Especially the fact that this difference is throughout the U.S., even in cities and states in the Midwest.”

That income inequality is a factor in the purity of the air you breathe is nothing new. When it comes to polluting industries, people are protected by their wealth and power — you’re never going to see an incinerator or a fracking site move in next door to a multi-million dollar mansion. This is one of the ways in which income inequality is a very real problem that creates veru real dangers. It’s not about people being “jealous” of rich people — despite what Republicans and blowhards on Fox News tell you — it’s about very real dangers that people at the bottom of the ladder face every day. If we really were a society dedicated to equality, the poor person’s health would be as much a concern as the rich person’s. They voices would be equal. But they aren’t — and people are literally and inarguably suffering because of it.

The disparities in race paint an even darker picture. There, it’s not as much about income, but about status. People of color breathe dirtier air because they’re automatically lower on the societal ladder, regardless of income. These are both very real problems and the people who bring them up aren’t just bellyaching. Conservatives who talk about free market solutions should take a closere look at what this market does and ask themselves if the people at the bottom rung — measured by income, race, or both — are by any stretch of the imagination free.

Or are they just worthless peasants in a nation that’s increasingly governed by a new aristocracy based on income and a racist class system? When working people have to literally consume the waste of the rich, calling those working people “free” is a ridiculous joke.

Here’s your “trickle down economics.” That’s not money that’s trickling down.

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Go postal union

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Time’s Arrow Traced to Quantum Source
Coffee cools, buildings crumble, eggs break and stars fizzle out in a universe that seems destined to degrade into a state of uniform drabness known as thermal equilibrium. The astronomer-philosopher Sir Arthur Eddington in 1927 cited the gradual dispersal of energy as evidence of an irreversible “arrow of time.” But to the bafflement of generations of physicists, the arrow of time does not seem to follow from the underlying laws of physics, which work the same going forward in time as in reverse. By those laws, it seemed that if someone knew the paths of all the particles in the universe and flipped them around, energy would accumulate rather than disperse: Tepid coffee would spontaneously heat up, buildings would rise from their rubble and sunlight would slink back into the sun. “In classical physics, we were struggling,” said Sandu Popescu, a professor of physics at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. “If I knew more, could I reverse the event, put together all the molecules of the egg that broke? Why am I relevant?” Surely, he said, time’s arrow is not steered by human ignorance. And yet, since the birth of thermodynamics in the 1850s, the only known approach for calculating the spread of energy was to formulate statistical distributions of the unknown trajectories of particles, and show that, over time, the ignorance smeared things out. Now, physicists are unmasking a more fundamental source for the arrow of time: Energy disperses and objects equilibrate, they say, because of the way elementary particles become intertwined when they interact — a strange effect called “quantum entanglement.” “Finally, we can understand why a cup of coffee equilibrates in a room,” said Tony Short, a quantum physicist at Bristol. “Entanglement builds up between the state of the coffee cup and the state of the room.” (via Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation)

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