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You won't believe how the Apollo 11's computer stored its memory

Source code for Apollo and Gemini programs
And here's an interesting tidbit about the core rope memory used for the Apollo's guidance computer: Fun fact: the actual programs in the spacecraft were stored in core rope memory, an ancient memory technology made by (literally) weaving a fabric/rope, where the bits were physical rings of ferrite material. "Core" memory is resistant to cosmic rays. The state of a core bit will not change when bombarded by radiation in Outer Space. Can't say the same of solid state memory. ... Software written by MIT programmers was woven into core rope memory by female workers in factories. Some programmers nicknamed the finished product LOL memory, for Little Old Lady memory.

Vatican scolds nuns for spending too much time helping the poor, sick, and needy and not enough time harassing gay people

Y'know, like Jesus would have wanted. Nuns should stop helping the poor so much and focus more on taking away women’s rights
A prominent U.S. Catholic nuns group said Thursday that it was “stunned” that the Vatican reprimanded it for spending too much time on poverty and social-justice concerns and not enough on condemning abortion and gay marriage. In a stinging report on Wednesday, the Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had been “silent on the right to life” and had failed to make the “Biblical view of family life and human sexuality” a central plank in its agenda. It also reprimanded American nuns for expressing positions on political issues that differed, at times, from views held by U.S. bishops. Public disagreement with the bishops — “who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals” — is unacceptable, the report said.

Canada town bans Dr. Seuss quotes in schools after teachers ask for fair pay, better treatment

Yertle the Turtle banned from Canadian classroom for being too political
Yertle the Turtle quotes were banned from the classroom in a small British Columbia town, after the Seussian character's words were used in protest by the teachers union. The National Post reports that a first-grade teacher at British Columbia's Prince Rupert elementary school could face disciplinary action for displaying the following Dr. Seuss quote from Yertle the Turtle on school grounds — "I know, up on the top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights."

This dad has trained his kids to sing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" on the way to school in the morning

Badass Dad of the Day - The Daily What

Some school kids only given ten minutes for lunch

That hardly seems like enough time. Sixth graders: Give us time to eat at school | StarTribune.com
In the Minneapolis public schools, we are supposed to have 15 minutes to eat, which would be bad enough. But realistically we get only 10 to 11 minutes (we have been timing it). Having to rush to eat is part of the reason for the obesity epidemic, eating disorders, indigestion and kids not doing well in school. There is research that proves all of these points. Kids just need more time to eat at school. Rushing to eat high-calorie meals at school, or at home, is the cause for the gastroesophageal reflux. This is often called heartburn. Heartburn feels bad -- the symptoms are burning in the chest, overall chest pain, burning in the throat, difficulty swallowing, food sticking in middle of the chest or throat, sore throat and cough. School-age children especially need nutrition, but we are the ones who don't get a choice about how long we get to eat. We are growing and have to get energy. In middle school especially, our bodies need energy, because middle-school kids are going through puberty. It is essential that we get enough time. Younger kids, meanwhile, tend to eat much more slowly. That means they eat less in the time allotted and behave poorly for the rest of the day. . . .

Pizza Hut unveils new pizza with crust made of a dozen cheeseburgers

Only available at Pizza Hut in the Middle East. Pizza Hut 'Crown Crust Burger' Pizza

April 25, 2012

The "Myth" of Sustainable Meat?

Two weeks back a lot of blogs (including our own...

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