Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Monday Night

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* “Pass the Damn Bill” movement gaining steam? More at Daily Kos.

* Looks like Obamatopia is officially over: Indonesia may tear down Obama statue.

* But wait! State of the Union to call for an end to DADT?

* Today in the past: the first robot homicide.

Williams died instantly in 1979 when the robot’s arm slammed him as he was gathering parts in a storage facility, where the robot also retrieved parts. Williams’ family was later awarded $10 million in damages. The jury agreed the robot struck him in the head because of a lack of safety measures, including one that would sound an alarm if the robot was near.

* Skepticism about algae fuels from Bradford Plumer.

* And Erica highlights what will surely be the most important academic conference of the year.

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