Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car

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Just in time to make traffic worse, Google introduced its long-awaited self-driving cars Tuesday.

The cars have two seats, no steering wheel, gas, or brake pedal - just a stop-and-go button. If all goes well, 100 to 200 of the cars are expected to be driving on California roads in a pilot program next year.

The cars will max out at 25 mph and have sensors that can detect objects in all directions for up to 200 yards.

“What I’m excited about is how we could change transportation today,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said.

[Google/Video via: Self-Driving Car Project]

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

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Maya Angelou, the award-winning author, poet, and civil rights icon, has died at age 86.

She was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning, and had recently been struggling with health problems. Angelou had to cancel a recent appearance at an event in her honour. 

She has received over 50 honorary degrees, and was the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the 1969 novel bearing witness to growing up in the Jim Crow South. Angelou was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2010 and held the lifelong position of Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Angelou went on to a successful career not only as a writer, but was also nominated for a Tony for Look Away in 1973, and she played Kunta Kinte's grandmother in slavery epic Roots.

[NY Times]

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Montreal Upsets Boston To Advance To Conference Finals

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The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins with a score of 3-1 in Game 7 of the Atlantic Division Final series, and advance to the Eastern Conference Final where they will face the New York Rangers.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stopped 29 shots and Daniel Briere scored the insurance goal while Dale Weise and Max Pacioretty also picked up goals for Montreal, who are 6-3 in game sevens with the Bruins.

The Canadiens and Bruins have played more game sevens than any other rivalry in North American professional sports. The last time they met in game seven was the first round in 2011, when the Bruins won 4-3 in overtime en route to scoring their first Stanley Cup title since 1972.

Montreal will next face the New York Rangers in the league semi-finals, the first time since 1986 that the two Original Six franchises will battle for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.

[Montreal Gazette]

Monday, May 12, 2014

Dracula's Castle Is Now For Sale

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Are all the kids still into vampires these days? Because forget those sparkly bloodsuckers in teenage films - the home of the original famous vampire, Dracula himself, is up for sale.

The castle in Transylvania that served as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula is only going to a serious buyer, if at all.

You'll have some work on your hands if you do buy shell out the estimated millions for the place - the owners want it to operate as a tourist destination in the future as well.

"What you have to remember is that this castle is the real thing. We don’t need men going around dressed up in old-fashioned costumes; the place speaks for itself," the real estate rep says.

Wait, so they don’t want people sidling up to visitors in a black cape whispering, "I vant to suck your blood"? Where’s the fun in that?

[Daily Mail]