baby robot overlords and other morning cartoons
March 11, 2008 Leave a comment
It has been a long couple of days of chronicling the slow-motion train wreck of the Democratic Party, but there’s good news, at least by comparison, as the world welcomes its new baby robot overlords:
A tiny chemical “brain” which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented.
The molecular device – just two billionths of a metre across – was able to control eight of the microscopic machines simultaneously.
“… this is the first time we have created a nano-brain,” [Dr Bandyopadhyay] told BBC News.
… One day they may be able to guide the nanobots through the body and control their functions, he said.
and if the baby robot overlords can’t save us in time, there’s always galaxy-crushing gamma rays:
The spooky thing about this pinwheel is that it appears to be a nearly perfect spiral to us, according to new images taken with the Keck Telescope in Hawaii. “It could only appear like that if we are looking nearly exactly down on the axis of the binary system,” Tuthill said.
… Unfortunately for us, gamma ray bursts seem to be shot right along the axis of systems. In essence, if this pinwheel ever releases a gamma ray burst, our planet might be in the firing line.
… Both the massive stars in WR 104 will one day explode as supernovae. However, one of the pair is a highly unstable star known as a Wolf-Rayet, the last known stable phase in the life of these massive stars right before a supernova.
When the Wolf-Rayet goes supernova, “it could emit an intense beam of gamma rays coming our way,” Tuthill said. “If such a ‘gamma ray burst’ happens, we really do not want Earth to be in the way.”
Since the initial blast would travel at the speed of light, there would be no warning of its arrival.
hooray! now on to the funnies:
“The Clintons have always had a touch of the zombies about them: unkillable, they move relentlessly forward, propelled by a bloodlust for Republicans or uppity Democrats who dare to question their supremacy.”
bonus points: “The next time Hillary uses the recycled red phone ad, counter with one of your own. When the phone rings in the middle of the night, have a woman’s voice, with a flat Midwestern accent, answer it and say, “Hold on” into the receiver.
Then she should shout, “Bill! It’s for you!””
Terry McCauliffe tries to be funny on the Bill Maher show, accidentally succeeds.
“Kathy Callahan, you are going to be with us all the way to the White House…So let’s leave the money where it is and we’ll save time on inevitable future donations and transactions!”
Rovian humor: from his lips to the kiwi’s ears…
“I haven’t been indicted yet, but I fully expect to be by the end of the year.”
Zing of the day:
“Saying that Hillary has Executive Branch experience is like saying Yoko Ono was a Beatle.”
aaaaannd a potential protest candidate appears, just in case the zombie hordes win at the DNC convention…