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Cool Science Links!

I read about this cool race called Escape from Berkeley in an article from the NY Times called Race Starts with Little Fuel, and Goes Uphill from There. People build or modify cars to run on anything but gas, and then are given the equivalent of one gallon of whatever their source is and told to race to the finish line in Vegas. Other than their initial gallon, they have to scavenge for the fuel source. The descriptions of the contestants and their vehicles are both impressive and adorkable. I was particularly impressed with the Alabama farmer who converted his truck to run on wood. He took a table saw with him on the race!


Also, I haven't tried it yet, but there's a new chatbot that almost passed the turing test. Here's an "interview" he did with New Scientist. I'm about to try out their link and see if I can chat with him myself. He's responses to the interview wouldn't have fooled me so much as annoyed me! LOL! He is very good at talking around questions. Then again, so is the author of the book I'm currently reading...

EDIT - OMG Raven, go to the chatbot's website. He speaks German!!
EDIT EDIT - He's got a funny blog, too.

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