Friday, November 9, 2012

Signs of the times

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. ~ Abraham Lincoln
• In a recent study, 62% of college students said they could not live without the internet, and 31% said it would be a struggle. One in three said it was as important as air, shelter, food, and water.

• While engineers work hard to make cars more fuel efficient, the increasing weight of drivers and passengers is also increasing fuel usage. Every 100 pounds of excess weight cuts fuel efficiency by 2%, not to mention that larger folks prefer larger, less efficient, vehicles. [Source: Toronto Star]

• An employee of restaurant chain Arby's was fired after escaping an armed robbery by climbing out of the fast food restaurant’s drive-through window.

• Brazil has started a program to clone animals from species at risk of going extinct, including black lion tamarins, maned wolves, and jaguars.

• A Dutch company, uniQure, will start selling the first human gene therapy to be approved in the West by mid-2013. Gene therapies modify a patient’s DNA to combat specific diseases, and have been used in China for 10 years.

• A man in China sued his wife for giving birth to an ugly baby, and won.
I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. ~ Robert McCloskey

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