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Britain-Driverless Cars
British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will guide the cars. The plan will include two types of driverless technology. One places a driver in the car who can take the controls if needed; another calls for a fully autonomous vehicle with no driver present. Transport Minister Claire Perry said driverless cars could transform Britain's road network and improve safety and traffic flow while reducing carbon emissions. The cities to test the system will be chosen in a competition. Other countries including Japan and the United States are already developing driverless technology.


Group Selfies Get A Name
What do you call a group selfie? An usie of course! The word has been showing up in written material since at least April 2013, according to Ben Zimmer, executive producer of Vocabulary.com and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal. A Business Insider story from January noted that the outstretched arm of the photo-taker in usies is a "signature" of the image, because the shooter has to get the camera far enough away to get the group in the frame. The Times of India in March said Pope Francis' group selfie with visitors at the Vatican last year "could possibly be the first chronicled celebrity usie." And a PopStopTV.com report from June was headlined: "Selfies Are Dead, Usie is the Latest Trend!"

Researchers Say World Trade Center Ship Dates To 1773
It's a ship tied to two critical points in American history: Sept. 11, 2001, and the eve of the Revolutionary War. Researchers said this week that a vessel unearthed four years ago at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan was made from wood cut around the year 1773 — two years before the start of the war and three years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, writing in the July issue of the journal Tree Ring Research, said the white oak in the ship's frame came from a Philadelphia-area forest and matched the material used to build the city's Independence Hall. You can find more information about the research on the website of the Earth Observatory. Online: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/

In Stores Now: 3Doodler
3D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3D object out of plastic. It's a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3D printer. The $99 3Doodler, made by the startup Wobbleworks, is a fat pen not unlike a hot glue gun. As you move your hand, it leaves a thin trail of cooling, solidifying plastic. Move it around with a plan, laying down string upon string, and an object starts taking shape. The plastic costs $10 for packs of 25 sticks.



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Britain-Driverless Cars
British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years.
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Stolen Buddha
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Production Of New Season Of "Big Bang Theory" Delayed In Contract Dispute
"The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed by a fight over big bucks.
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Rape Alleged At Keith Urban Concert
The Keith Urban concert outside Boston that made headlines because 46 people went to hospitals for alcohol-related illnesses has taken a darker turn.
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