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US Air Force Builds Supercomputer with 1,760 PlayStation 3 Consoles

US Department of Defense engineers and Sony built the most powerful computer in the Department’s inventory by linking 1,760 PlayStation 3 gaming consoles: The supercomputer, nicknamed the Condor Cluster, will allow very fast analysis of large high-resolution imagery — billions of pixels a minute, taking what used to take several hours down to mere seconds, Barnell [...]

Pentagon seeks secret of flying snakes

The Defense Department has invested in research to figure out how flying snakes glide through the air. The unusual type of snake is able to leap from …

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Henry Kissinger

© Bettmann/CORBIS You probably know Henry Kissinger as a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the German-born political scientist and diplomat (pictured above with Pele in the Giants Stadium locker room before a New York Cosmos game [...]

San Francisco Fire Department’s Ladder Shop

There’s something that the San Francisco Fire Department has that no other fire departments in the United States has: wooden ladders. Why use wood? Well, San Francisco has a lot of overhead powerlines, and wood doesn’t conduct electricity. In this Vimeo clip, Adam Kaplan of ASK Media Productions tours the SFFD Wood Shop and reveals nifty [...]

Gummy Bear + Potassium Chlorate = Fiery Candy Death

So the St. Albans Science Department put up a video showing what happens when a gummy bear is dropped into a test tube containing molten potassium chlorate (KClO3). The “Science Department” (quite possibly a “Mad Science Department,” if you ask me) explains the result like so: Molten potassium chlorate is a strong oxidizing agent that reacts [...]

The Cop’s Twelve Days of Christmas

(YouTube link) The Kenosha, Wisconsin Police Department recorded their own version of The Twelve Days of Christmas using gifts they are accustomed to. About 20 members of the Police Department were involved in the making of the video, which was directed by Crime Prevention Officer Jeff Wamboldt and edited by Safety Officer Dennis Walsh. Work on the [...]

Aging-related Changes in Agatha Christie’s Vocabulary

In a recently-presented scientific paper, Ian Lancashire and Graeme Hirst from the University of Toronto’s Department of English and Department of Computer Science demonstrate changes in the vocabulary used in Agatha Christie’s later novels. The professors digitized 14 Christie novels (and included two more available in the Gutenberg online text archive), and then, with the aid [...]

MoD UFO department closes down

The UK Ministry of Defense department that investigated UFO sightings to assess whether or not they were a threat has closed down. The department …