September 20th, 2007

New Robots


New Robots May Soon Have Your Face and Your Expressions...

With a name like "WD-2," this robot may sound like a robot's robot: all gears and metal. But WD-2 is actually a "face robot"--with a face that is realistically human-looking.


WD-2 can make facial expressions that, if possible, are more human-like than some humans can make. WD-2 is short for "Waseda-Docomo face robot 2," and is the most recent version of the face robot developed by researchers from Waseda University in Tokyo led by mechanical engineer Atsuo Takanishi.


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Quote of the Day

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.


Abba Eban (1915 - 2002)


The Future Of Humanity

Human Species 

Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years' time as predicted by HG Wells, an expert has said. 

Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge. The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said - before a decline due to dependence on technology. 

People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added.
The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the "underclass" humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures. 

But in the nearer future, humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall, he predicts, while life-spans will have extended to 120 years, Dr Curry claims. 

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Women's Questions

Answers to 5 of the toughest questions women ask...

There are five things that women should never, ever ask a guy, according to an article in an magazine.

The five questions are:

1 - "What are you thinking?"
2 - "Do you love me?"
3 - "Do I look fat?"
4 - "Do you think she is prettier than me?"
5 - "What would you do if I died?"

What makes these questions so bad is that every one is guaranteed to explode into a major argument and/or divorce if the man does not answered properly, which is to say dishonestly. For example:


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A Hollywood Legend

Was Marilyn Monroe Tricked in to Suicide?

Marilyn may have been tricked into killing herself as part of a plot hatched with the knowledge of the former
US attorney general, Robert Kennedy, according to a secret FBI file. 

The document, uncovered by an Australian film director, Philippe Mora, suggests
Monroe was "induced" to make a suicide attempt, in the belief she would be found in time, and her stomach pumped. Instead, it suggests, she was left to die by staff and friends, including the actor Peter Lawford, who was married to Kennedy's sister, Patricia.


The 36-year-old actress was found naked and face down on her bed on 5 August 1962, with a large quantity of barbiturates in her system. For 45 years conspiracy theorists have claimed that her death was not a simple suicide, with some linking it to alleged affairs with Kennedy and his brother, the then President, John F Kennedy. According to the FBI report, Robert Kennedy called Lawford from a San Francisco hotel that night "to find out if Marilyn was dead yet".


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The Himeji Castle 

Himeji Castle is a Japanese castle complex located in Himeji. It was registered as the first Japanese National Cultural Treasure by UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Japanese National Cultural Treasure in December, 1993. 

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