Miniature robots could be good spies, but researchers now are experimenting with insect cyborgs or “cybugs” that could work even better. Scientists can already control the flight of real moths using implanted devices. The military and spy world no doubt would love tiny, live camera-wielding versions of Predator drones that could fly undetected into places where no human could ever go to snoop on the enemy. Developing such robots has proven a challenge so far, with one major hurdle being inventing an energy source for the droids that is both low weight and high power.
Hamas suspects that Israeli intelligence services are supplying its Gaza Strip stronghold with chewing gum that boosts the sex drive in order to “corrupt the young,” an official said on Tuesday. “We have discovered two types of stimulants that were introduced into the Gaza Strip from Israeli border crossings,” Hamas police spokesman Islam Shahwan told AFP.
What started out as a smooth, easy trip from Nashville to Baltimore quickly turned into a frightening flight for more than 100 passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight Monday. A 1-foot-by-1-foot hole developed on the top of the plane at the base of the vertical stabilizer and exposed passengers to the evening sky.
A pistol-wielding robber blamed the nation’s troubled economy for a holdup this morning at a northwest Houston bank, authorities said. While demanding cash about 10:30 a.m. from a teller at a Compass bank branch, 12514 Tomball Parkway, the armed robber said, “I’m only doing this to eat. They’re not letting me work,“ FBI officials said.
Hillary Clinton was accused Monday of stabbing the Big Apple in the back. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said her betrayal has cost the city $260 million in lost tax revenues and counting. It didn’t take long for Clinton to double cross New York City. Six months into her tenure as secretary of state she has suddenly exempted diplomats from paying some property taxes here.
The city is plunking down nearly $1 million on typewriters for its keystroke cops. That’s right — typewriters. Despite the adoption of high-tech equipment that can read license plates from the air and detect radiological events before they happen, manual and electric typewriters continue to be used throughout the NYPD — and they won’t be phased out anytime soon, officials told The Post.
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In a shock result in Alligator (population 220), Tommie “Tomaso” Brown, 38, defeated Robert Fava, the mayor since 1979, owner of the general store and once his opponent’s boss, by 37 votes to 27. (SNIP) Some youngsters ran into Mr Fava’s store to taunt him. “They was pulling down their pants, shouting, ’Kiss my black ass, because we got a black mayor’, swinging their things around and throwing stuff,” said Jennifer Green, 31, a black mother of 10.
Teng Fei, 17, was given electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) for internet addiction at a centre in China. When Teng Fei’s mother told him that his dad had been taken ill the horrified teenager rushed straight to hospital. But it was a ruse and within hours he underwent the painful treatment. He was given ECT many more times in the following weeks.
A man suspected of drunken driving stole an ambulance late Monday night after he was taken to a hospital for a blood test. The 35-year-old Kansas City man took the ambulance about 10:55 p.m. from Research Medical Center, near Prospect Avenue and East Meyer Boulevard.
Federal authorities seized 12 million counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes made in China from a Springfield storage unit, the largest bogus cigarette bust in the region’s history, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman told The Examiner. Agents came across the 60,000 packs of smokes July 2 after they arrested Bing Feng Mai who had agreed to trade the counterfeit cigarettes for untaxed cigarettes with an undercover ATF agent, court documents filed in Alexandria’s federal court said.
A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to stealing 91 lobster tails from an Atlantic City casino’s kitchen by cramming them into his jacket and backpack. He’s been sentenced to four years in prison.
Officials have identified 12 people who were tortured, killed and dumped along a mountain highway as military intelligence officials, a state prosecutor said. Interim Michoacan state prosecutor J. Jesus Montejano said the case has been handed over to the federal attorney general’s office.
Teenage gang members will undergo brain scans in an experiment designed to find out why they are so violent. Scientists from University College London and charity Kids Company will use a ‘mobile laboratory’ to test ‘hoodies’ on London streets in an attempt to prove their brains have been scarred by years of abuse and neglect. The research, on teenagers aged 13 to 17, could revolutionise the way violent youngsters are treated by authorities and could help to reintegrate them into society.
A north Dallas neighborhood is up in arms after another attack on the American flag has reignited anger among residents. The incident happened at Preston Valley Villas off of Spring Valley Road. Two weeks ago, a homeowner came home to find his American flag in ashes on his front yard. Last night, it happened again.
Only cats and dogs can fly so far, but eventually other types of animals will be able to hop aboard as well. The first flight takes off today from New York on its way to Hawthorne Municipal Airport, near Los Angeles International Airport. The unique thing about the airline is that pets fly inside the cabin and not as an extra piece of luggage inside the cargo hold or, if they are small enough, under the passenger’s feet on some airlines.
Masked suspects, some dressed as ninjas, stole a safe and other items during a deadly break-in at the sprawling Florida Panhandle home of a couple known for adopting children with special needs, authorities said Tuesday. Melanie and Byrd Billings were shot to death Thursday in their nine-bedroom home. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan hugged their sobbing adult daughter, Ashley Markham, at a press conference Tuesday to announce that three more people had been arrested, bringing the total to seven.
An off-duty Meridian Township police officer who left his handgun in a law school bathroom will remain on active duty while an internal investigation is conducted. Sgt. Scott Dawson, who is a Cooley Law School student, left the weapon in a bathroom Sunday while he was at the school for academic reasons. An unidentified person found the weapon and turned it in to a school official.
Quote of the day.
I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.
-Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court