Are Robot Cemeteries In Our Future?

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This is a good article on EETimes about the emotional attachment that can happen in the family between their robotic pet and the risks we face as those mechanical loved-ones age over time. Also covers pitfalls in our lives when a machine becomes human.

Here’s the article EETimes.

Science

Slots are the Perfect Combination of Fun and Entertainment

Slot Machines

As a slot fan, when you go into an online casino, chances are you’ll be looking for three things: extensive game selection, safe/secure play, and the chance to make big money. These days, online slot games are packed with colourful lines and reels, interesting bonus rounds and scatters, amusing themes, and, of course, the potential for huge jackpots. Slots have come a long way since the days of the mechanical one-armed bandits and they now utilise top-of-the-line software and advanced graphics, which allow you to enjoy the ultimate gaming experience. One site, well-known for its gaming offering is William Hill – click here for a closer look.

The themes of today’s slots run the gamut from silly and fun to super heroes and TV game shows. In the latter category, you can opt for Deal or No Deal Roulette and Deal or No Deal Blackjack (among others), which offer the excitement of the casino table game combined with the suspense of the well-known TV game show.  If super heroes are your thing, there are games galore that fit the bill, including Wonder Woman, Black Knight, Superman and Batman, and many more titles at most sites. Popular movies also come into play in today’s slots and if you’re interested in cinema-related games, you should give Tomb Raider, The Wizard of Oz and The Magnificent Seven a whirl. There are literally hundreds of online slots to choose from and each one offers something unique and special for your gaming pleasure.

On William Hill, the online games are divided into easy-to-access categories, such as New, Popular, Featured, and Jackpots. Other gaming sites have similar categories. As for said jackpots, progressive slots are another popular slot genre that offers potentially huge winnings. There’s no knowing when that will happen, but many a progressive slot player has walked away with a bundle just for having a certain amount of patience and determination. Online games of all kinds can be the perfect leisure activity, particularly when you take advantage of bonuses and promotions that offer the opportunity for free play. Taking advantage of these bonuses is a good way to try out new games outside your typical genre.

Games

Seattle Scientists Find Brain Area Linked To Motivation To Exercise

Yoga

Seattle scientists have zeroed in on a part of the brain that seems to have an interesting job: motivating the brain’s owner to exercise. The findings could have implications for understanding depression and weight loss. Read more at NPR’s KPLU.

Medical

Cosplay at the 2014 Vegas Star Trek Convention

Note: This article is authored by Randy Jennings from the convention floor at Star Trek 2014 Las Vegas. He’s attended and reported on numerous ST and Comic conventions worldwide. Follow Randy at his tumblr

This year’s high level of cosplay, at the largest dedicated Star Trek convention, was a great hit for one and all. Creation Entertainment, the company running the convention, put an added emphasis on cosplay this year, most likely with the growth of cosplay itself as well as various reality TV shows high lighting the cultural phenomenon. Saturday marked the best day to see and be seen as cosplayers showed off their hard work for the attendees plus for that night’s costume competition.

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Here we enjoy convention favorites Paul “Spock Vegas” Forest and the ever lovely Joanie Frerichs. Both appeared in numerous costumes throughout the convention and were always happy to pose with fans for photo ops.

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The Borg Collective was more than represented by an awesome drone, 7 of 9 in serious need of a shave, our Queen, and Data on the verge of finding himself in the Hive.

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The Nibirans were out in force as they proudly represented their primitive yet fierce people for all to see. Later on Karl Urban was kind enough to bless a Nibiran baby at the behest of the village elders.

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Sadly the annual zombie crawl of Red Shirts resulted in Garrett Wang being devoured immediately after this picture was taken. RIP Harry Kim.

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These fantastic and hand crafted costumes from The Wrath of Khan demonstrated the attention to detail and hours of hard labor put in by these two cosplayers.

The highlight of the night was the highly competitive yet friendly Costume Competition. With close to 2,000 cosplayers taking attending the convention on Saturday, Creation Entertainment had to make the first logical cut by not allowing “regular Starfleet costumes” in the contest. That afternoon, there was first round of the costume contest where the 100 plus contestants were reduced to a more manageable 42. Because of a tie vote amongst the judges, there were two 1st prize winners portraying Balok from the original Star Trek Series and a great Borg queen with her drone. This photo shows some but alas not all of the dedicated cosplayers who made it into the Saturday’s final round.

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Just geeky

U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao: America Should Embrace China For Mars Missions

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In a short Q&A interview with Forbes Magazine, Chinese-American astronaut Leroy Chiao advocates embracing China, rather than shunning it, in the new space race to Mars . He also talks about the recent spying charges USA and China are batting back and forth and what that should mean wrt better cooperation in space.

Leroy also touches on the current Russia/USA relations and gives a little insight into the impact it’s having on the shared space exploration efforts onboard the International Space Station.

I totally agree with Leroy on the China+USA collaboration to get to Mars. We’re both highly motivated countries regarding space exploration. China in particular may be willing to foot more of the $$$/RMB cost if there’s more sharing of technology between us. I think we stand a better chance of pulling off this huge effort working together, rather than in isolation.

Head on over to Forbes for the interview.

Check out Leroy’s personal site with videos he’s appeared in, links to his op-eds and more.

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