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Want to shoot something miles away with an accuracy of a few feet? Try using GPS.

http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/lfwa/feature_XM982_Excalibur.htm

New Ammunition Will be Much More Effective
By MaryEllen Lamb

Excalibur Artillery.  Property of Rayethon Missile Systems.

The XM982 Extended Range Projectile has a modular design that incorporates three unique features: a GPS receiver, inertial measurement unit, and canards to steer the target, making it the most versatile artillery projectile. Photo property of Rayethon Missile Systems.

Edmonton, Alberta – The Canadian Military is getting a new round of ammunition that will help make fire missions more effective.

The 155mm XM982 Excalibur artillery projectile is a round that is guided by a Global Positioning System (GPS). By using a GPS system, it is easier to guide the explosive making it more effective in hitting its target at a closer range without hitting friendly troops.

The Excalibur round is a long range explosive, and can hit targets up to 20 kilometers away. Future versions of the round are expected to be capable of reaching 40 kilometers.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24598856/?GT1=43001

LONDON – Albert Einstein: arch rationalist or scientist with a spiritual core?

A letter being auctioned in London this week adds more fuel to the long-simmering debate about the Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s religious views. In the note, written the year before his death, Einstein dismissed the idea of God as the product of human weakness and the Bible as “pretty childish.”

The letter, handwritten in German, is being sold by Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday and is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $16,000.

Einstein, who helped unravel the mysteries of the universe with his theory of relativity, expressed complex and arguably contradictory views on faith, perceiving a universe suffused with spirituality while rejecting organized religion.

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Einstein was Autistic?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2988647.stm

Einstein and Newton ‘had autism’

Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton may have suffered from a type of autism, according to experts.

Albert Einstein

Einstein was a notoriously confusing lecturer

Researchers at Cambridge and Oxford universities believe both scientists displayed signs of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Many people with Asperger’s are often regarded as being eccentric. They sometimes lack social skills, are obsessed with complex topics and can have problems communicating.

This latest research suggests that Einstein, who is credited with developing the theory of relativity, and Newton, who discovered the laws of gravity, had these traits to varying degrees.

According to the researchers, Einstein showed signs of Asperger’s from a young age.

As a child, he was a loner and often repeated sentences obsessively until he was seven years old. He was also a notoriously confusing lecturer.

Later in life, the German-born scientist made intimate friends, had numerous affairs and spoke out on political issues.

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I’m not an American and I definitely have no foreign policy experience, but from her interview, hmm….. Well see for yourself.

note: the previous video in this article has been replaced with a new one since the previous one is no longer available on youtube

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Gangsters and the Mafia have long been a fascination of mine, particularly the books and films that focus on familial ties. Much as I love Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel, “The Godfather,” I have to say that his follow-up, “The Sicilian,” is a superior work. It’s less about the Mafia and more about ideals. I’ve read it over recently and found one passage that sticks to me most. I’ve written it below. I’m just struck, and a little saddened, by the huge divide that can occur between the ideals of one generation and the next, between parent and child.
Beware! Spoilers abound for “The Sicilian”–

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