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Abreu (173023) writes "It is the year 2011, and the evil Barack Obama, after meeting in secret with the heads of state of Canada, Stephen Harper, and Mexico, Felipe Calderon, has put in motion his plan to dissolve the three countries and establish a North American Union. Of course, one of the first things to do is to dissolve the constitution and the right to bear arms, which causes a revolution in America...
Abreu writes "A U.S.-funded study involving more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand found that a combination of ALVAC, made by Paris- based Sanofi-Aventis SA, and AIDSVAX, from VaxGen Inc., of South San Francisco, cut infections by 31.2 percent in the people who received it compared with those on a placebo, scientists said today in Bangkok. Neither vaccine had stopped the virus that causes AIDS when tested separately in previous studies." Link to Original Source top
Abreu (173023) writes "A year after the first release of KDE 4, the KDE community announces the release of KDE 4.2, "The Answer", which claims to bring "a stunning amount of new features and great stability"" Link to Original Source top
A London firefighter who donated sperm so lesbian friends could have children said he was shocked and angered to learn they're demanding child support.
Britain's Child Support Agency says only anonymous sperm donors are exempt from child support responsibilities unless the children are legally adopted. The agency has asked Andy Bathie, 37, to pay thousands of pounds in child support for a girl and boy born to Sharon and Terri Arnold" top
In the heat of battle, their minds clouded by fear, anger or vengefulness, even the best-trained soldiers can act in ways that violate the Geneva Conventions or battlefield rules of engagement. Now some researchers suggest that robots could do better.
"My research hypothesis is that intelligent robots can behave more ethically in the battlefield than humans currently can," said Ronald C. Arkin, a computer scientist at Georgia Tech, who is designing software for battlefield robots under contract with the Army. "That's the case I make."
Now, are civilians in danger going to believe a machine that tells them "Come with me if you want to live"?" Link to Original Source top
Abreu (173023) writes "Semen makes women happy. That's the remarkable conclusion of a study comparing women whose partners wear condoms with those whose partners don't, according to this article in the New Scientist
The study, which is bound to provoke controversy, showed that the women who were directly exposed to semen were less depressed. The researchers think this is because mood-altering hormones in semen are absorbed through the vagina. They say they have ruled out other explanations."