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Russia: Laser scanner against drunk drivers
The new invention, dubbed “Bouton” (flower bud), was demonstrated at the XV Anniversary International Exhibition of Police and Military Equipment – ‘Interpolitex’ – held in Moscow from 25 to 28 October. Bouton can trace even the most subtle fumes of ethanol in a car passing by at up to 150 km per hour. According to its manufacturer, it works in all weather conditions and requires no complex maintenance.
US-military working to automate warfare
Drones flying over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen can already move automatically from point to point, and it is unclear what surveillance or other tasks, if any, they perform while in autonomous mode. Even when directly linked to human operators, these machines are producing so much data that processors are sifting the material to suggest targets, or at least objects of interest. That trend toward greater autonomy will only increase as the U.S. military shifts from one pilot remotely flying a drone to one pilot remotely managing several drones at once.
The problem with Firefox and how it could be fixed
Not that long ago it looked like Firefox would soon be the most popular web-browser, but bad management decisions have prevented that from happening.
What Facebooks "Like" buttons reveal
Privacy advocates warn about the "Like" button, that is appearing on so many websites. And it sends personal data, even when it is not clicked.
Why there will never be a IPv6 transition
_There are many nervous announcements that we are running out of IP-addresses and that we must change this year, 2011 to the new IPv6 standard. It is correct that we are running out of IP-addresses, but we will not change to IPv6 this year - on the contrary this transition will never happen.
The Russian space program needs programmers
"The Russian space industry has problems with software. The best programmers went and there are no young people."
11/03/2011      share:derubg

Thorium may be a better fuel for nuclear power than Uranium

This text was excerpted from: Thorium - the safer nuclear power?, Russia Today, 2011

According to Virginia-based company Lightbridge, “it dramatically reduces the amount of waste in the reactor, reduces the toxicity of the waste coming out of the reactor, and doesn't produce any weapons usable materials,” and it is also three times more abundant than uranium, the element currently used in nuclear plants.

Lightbridge, based in Virginia, is now testing this next generation nuclear fuel in Russia and more testing is underway in China and India.

Thorium - the safer nuclear power?Russia Today11/01/2011
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