Friday, March 30, 2012

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• If you're looking for an accurate picture of a prospective employee, Facebook is more accurate than personality tests, experts say.

• Roll-your-own cigarette shops have spread quickly across the U.S. since 2009 in response to huge price hikes on manufactured smokes, but now state and federal lawmakers are clamping down with legislative changes aimed at putting the operations out of business.

• Japanese researchers have come up with a biplane concept that they believe will fly at supersonic speeds without producing a sonic boom, the noise heard when airplanes break the sound barrier. A group from MIT and Stanford has come up with a wing design to reduce drag so much that it should be possible for such a biplane to approach 4,000 miles per hour. That means New York to London in less than an hour.

• Spit provides clues to diseases more easily than blood or urine, the body fluids usually tested by medical practitioners.

• A recent Japanese software breakthrough has produced facial recognition software that can scan 36 million faces in one second! It can then index them, allowing other recorded video to be scanned for a face in order to monitor a selected person’s activity.

• U.S. Government scientists recently reported that February was the 324th consecutive month in which global temperatures exceeded their long term average for a given month.
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