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Graduating Boot Camp at Age 51

Sandra Coast decided to join the U.S. Army, despite the fact that she had to lose 30 pounds for the chance, despite the fact that her son is in the Marine Corps, and despite the fact that she is 51 years old. And she passed the test: she has graduated from boot camp with the [...]

DNA tests to solve mystery of big cats

DNA tests are to be carried out in the UK to determine once and for all if big cats exist in the wild. The test will be conducted on the remains of a …

Are You As Fit As a World War II GI?

The Art of Manliness posted the physical fitness requirements and testing process used in the U.S. Army during World War II. The Army first introduced a formal fitness test to the troops in 1942. Millions of men were being called up to fight in World War II, and not all of them were prepared for the [...]

Hypersonic aircraft to fly at 13,000mph

The US military are to launch a test flight of a new experimental hypersonic unmanned aircraft. The Falcon HTV-2 is capable of reaching anywhere on Ea…

“What, Not How”: The Case of Specifications of the New York Bagel

by Daniel M. Berry Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada In software engineering, we are told that a software requirements specification should specify what the desired software should do, not how the software should do it. This is often summarized as “What, not how.” This paper explores the validity of the advice to [...]

Study Compares the Intelligence of Users of Different Web Browsers

A psychometric consulting firm named AptiQuant asked 100,000 people to take an online IQ test, and then correlated scores with the web browsers used to take them. The blue bars represent test results from 2006 and the red bars test results from 2011. The vertical axis represents IQ points. Link -via Geekologie

How to Test for Nearsightedness: Do You See Einstein or Marilyn Monroe?

Here’s a clever test developed by Dr. Aude Oliva, a cognitive scientist at MIT. If you see Marilyn Monroe instead of Albert Einstein, you’re a bit nearsighted. Link -via Ace of Spades HQ

The Number of the Day: 18%

According to the 2011 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, 36.9 million American drivers—18%—couldn’t pass the written drivers test today. Related Fact: Kansas had the highest average score (82.9%), while Washington, D.C., finished last (71.8%). Related Question: Did you pass the test the first time? In New Jersey, in 1996 at least, you could fail one part of [...]

Psychologist: Stupidity Is Contagious

College students were asked to read a story about a rather daft person, and then take a test. They did worse on that test than a control group that read a story about a non-idiot: Sixty-three Austrian students read “Slow on the Uptake,” about Meier, who wakes, is confused by an adage on his calendar, gets [...]

Blood test to reveal how fast you age

A test able to help estimate how long you have left to live will go on sale in the UK later this year. The test works by measuring the length of your …