Have you ever wondered which of many evils you should choose if you are going to be naughty. The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ICDH), a UK-based advisory, headed by Dr. David Nutt, has just published a report that lists drugs in order of their danger - both to the user and to others who come in contact with the user. The leader on both scales, by far, was alcohol.
Have you ever seen a deer in the woods take off suddenly for reasons unknown. He's been spooked. That's the image that came to my mind when I first saw Panic Opera, Russian designer Dima Loginoff's new 8-legged table. It looked like Loginoff had filmed the deer 'in flight,' played it back in slow motion and made a still life of it.
"While it might be just a single step for this robot, it's really a giant leap forward for tinmankind," said Rob Ambrose, acting chief of Johnson Space Center's automation, robotics and simulation division in Houston. Ambrose was referring to Robonaut 2, aka R2, who may not have his legs or torso yet, but he is going into space this week on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.