Meh. If there is anything to be sanctimonious about, it is idiot teenage street racers. Every one that crashes into a tree at 3:00 AM makes it that much harder to legitimately raise the speed limit in places where it should be higher. » 2/27/15 10:55pm 2/27/15 10:55pm

5th Gear: I'm dubious of this conclusion. What the dock workers in LA just did was to encourage shippers to find alternatives to unionized ports so one strike doesn't put them on the back foot again. Walmart already provides better benefits than some of its competitors, so even successful unionizing isn't going to… » 2/24/15 10:31am 2/24/15 10:31am

There is *very* little functional difference between a single-cell fungus and and a single-cell animal; only their genetic heritage gives it away. And indeed, fungi are far more related to animals than plants (plants are in Archaeplastida, fungi and us animals are in Opisthokonta). » 2/23/15 8:33am 2/23/15 8:33am

Computers can often respond better to a situation which a pilot would find strange, but is just as strange for the software as any other time it is flying. Computers have no "muscle memory" to change or bruised ego to overcome. » 2/20/15 9:33pm 2/20/15 9:33pm

The answer is the provenance of the vehicle. Armies (especially the US Army) would love an unmanned truck/jeep type vehicle that could deliver supplies across terrain covered in IEDs and/or land mines without risking a soldier. » 2/14/15 9:28am 2/14/15 9:28am