Planes could give tobacco the thumbs up

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Don’t expected to see the “smoking permitted” light to flash the next time you fly.

But Boeing does hope to make tobacco part of regular flights.

The aircraft manufacturer is working on biofuel experiments. A new type of tobacco seeds may provide the jet fuel of the future, Smithsonian Magazine reports.

The plant, which is being grown in South Africa, produces oily, nicotine-less seeds that can be converted into aviation biofuel,  according to SkyNRG, the company that’s working with Boeing and several airlines, including Air Canada, Qantas and KLM.

Read more here and here.

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Real apple watch carves its own niche online

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Hiromichi ShojiIt turns out you don’t need $350 to own an apple watch, you just need an apple — and a paring knife.

One Japanese fan of the iPhone didn’t wait for the next big thing from Apple. Instead, Hiromichi Shoji made himself a watch.

When he tweeted photos of his creation, it became an Internet sensation, getting more than 32,000 hits from around the world in a few hours, Channel News Asia reports.

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Programmer from China may have taken Arizona data home

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A potential security breach of everyone in Arizona’s driver’s license database has been kept quiet for seven years, reports ProPublica.

“That really is outrageous,” says Mikel Longman, the former criminal investigations chief at the Arizona Department of Public Safety. “Every Arizona resident who had a driver’s license or state-issued ID card and all that identifying stuff is potentially compromised. That’s a huge breach.”

How did it happen and why didn’t Longman or other Arizona officials know about it? Continue reading

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Friends on Facebook track down stolen newborn

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babyvictoriaA Canadian couple “experienced the worst time of [their] lives” on Monday evening when their baby was snatched from a maternity ward in Quebec by a woman posing as a nurse, CBC reports.

“She walked calmly down the hall, wearing a nurse’s uniform. No one asked any questions about who she was,” a hospital employee tells Radio-Canada.

The police immediately issued an Amber Alert, which ended up on Facebook. Continue reading

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Gay marriage protest: Man seeks right to marry Macbook

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ChrisSevierViaFacebook“A former judge advocate and combat veteran” has filed motions in two states on behalf of “other minority sexual orientation groups” to protest gay marriage.

In  court documents filed in Utah and Florida, Chris Sevier of Tennessee (right) claims he has fallen in love with his porn-filled Apple computer. Continue reading

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Check out NASA’s winning futuristic spacesuit

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NASAspacesuitwinnerNASA has released pictures of the prototype spacesuit that one day would be worn on the first U.S. mission to Mars.

luminescentwireNo, no official mission is being funded at this time, but NASA had the public vote on which design was the best and the Technology suit — with electroluminescent wiring — won.

Some say the Z-2 Spacesuit looks like something from the movie Tron.

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