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The automotive safety bill progressing through Congress in the wake of Toyota Motor Corp.'s historic recalls could lead to major cost implications for certain suppliers if federal regulators seek to beef up automotive “black boxes.”  
Safety system and electronics suppliers say that if the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration requires all vehicles to be equipped with black boxes similar to those in airplanes -- modules that can survive a severe crash, are waterproof and fireproof -- the cost of the units could triple or more, bringing them to around $4,000 or $5,000.
To reproduce the landscape in 3-D, a twin-engine plane flew over the city and fired laser beams through the dense tree canopy. The beams bounced off the ground, buildings, and other structures below. (See an interactive map of the Maya civilization.)  
The laser's path from plane to ground and back again was then measured and triangulated with the aid of GPS equipment to create the data for the 3-D maps.
erman President Horst Koehler resigned Monday in a surprise move after being criticized for reportedly linking military deployments abroad with the country's economic interests — creating a new headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.  
The resignation, effective immediately, came only a year into Koehler's second term as the largely ceremonial head of state. Merkel had installed the former International Monetary Fund boss as president in 2004.  
The current president of parliament's upper house — Bremen Mayor Jens Boehrnsen, a member of the opposition Social Democrats — will take over presidential duties temporarily, largely signing legislation into law.  
hat tip to mr. köhler, though i do not share his political views generally, he was quite a good president for germany ... especially in crisis times his speeches against the large banks as an ex-banker himself were exactly the right thing to do - in austria nobody ever resigns for major bullsh*t > haider, rosenkranz, waldheim & co!
Many older cities rapidly expanded during the Industrial Revolution, as workers flocked to the urban centers. As the towns and cities expanded, the residential areas for the workers tended to be in the east, with the middle and upper-classes in the west.
Best Party wins polls in Iceland's Reykjavik
The Best Party, founded by comedian Jon Gnarr, secured 34.7% of the vote, ahead of the Independence Party's 33.6%.  
Its campaign video featured candidates singing to the tune of Tina Turner's "Simply The Best".  
Key pledges included "sustainable transparency", free towels at all swimming pools and a new polar bear for the city zoo.  
The party also called for a Disneyland at the airport and a "drug-free parliament" by 2020.  
As well as specific pledges, its video promised change, a "bright future" and suggested that it was time for a "clean out".  
The Best Party was only established six months ago. Its victory means it will hold six seats on the 15-member city council.  
Commentators suggest it has benefited from voters' loss of trust in government and the establishment in the wake of the country's banking collapse in 2008.  
According to Iceland Review Online, several local races saw parties that were in power ousted in the polls.
More than 10 people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army says.  
Armed forces boarded the vessels overnight, clashing with some of the 600 protesters on board.  
The incident happened about 40 miles (64 km) out to sea, in international waters.  
The ships are carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid to try to break a long-standing Israeli-led blockade.
Tiger Tiger Burning Bright
A group show based around the theme of tigers, inspired by the dynamic poem " The Tiger" by visionary artist and painter William Blake.  
Additionally, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar, and the animal is a very visible example of the environmental problem of habitat loss and rampant poaching, with the reported last wild Indochinese tiger being killed and eaten in December 2009.  
We've asked a group of artists to create works inspired by this majestic, tragic, and beautiful creature, whether on a symbolic, metaphysical, or archetypal level or as a touchstone for deep contemporary issues.
People used to call Abidjan the Manhattan of West Africa. It was the 1960s, and the commercial capital of Ivory Coast was alive with possibility. No longer a French colony, the country had a booming cocoa industry whose profits coursed through Abidjan. “Cocoa francs” laid the boulevards of the upmarket Cocody neighbourhood and built the skyscrapers in the business district of Le Plateau. Famous singers and actors flew in from Paris. The city’s casinos brimmed and bubbled. The nation became a byword for stability and prosperity in west Africa, while the world ate more and more chocolate. As the 1960s became the 1970s and then the 1980s, cocoa remained to Ivory Coast what oil was to Saudi Arabia or Nigeria: a geyser of cash. Brown gold.  
Today, about 800,000 Ivorian farmers produce almost 40 per cent of the world’s 3.5 million-tonne cocoa crop. The country’s output of 1.3 million tonnes is more than double what it was in the 1980s and 26 times the size of its harvest in 1960. But Ivory Coast’s importance in the cocoa market, and its decades of increasing production, mask a bleak ­reality and an uncertain future. After half a century of almost uninterrupted expansion, the Ivorian cocoa machine has begun to falter: cocoa yields are down and so is their quality. Cocoa trees are getting old and sick, and a byzantine world of smallholder farmers, corrupt politicians and travelling middlemen is resistant to change. The multinational food ­companies that depend on a reliable, cheap supply of the commodity are worried. It is early days, but the publicity-shy cocoa industry has started talking about a “chocolate crisis”.
Mapmaking in New York can be a dark art form designed to make certain that incumbents in the majority party are safe from electoral competition (a k a democracy). To see examples of the mapmakers' most recent, outrageous handiwork, from 2002, click on the district names below.
There is a paradox surrounding philosophy that AskPhilosophers seeks to address. On the one hand, everyone confronts philosophical issues throughout his or her life. But on the other, very few have the opportunity to learn about philosophy, a subject that is usually taught only at the college level. (Why? There is no good reason for this and plenty of bad ones.) AskPhilosophers aims to bridge this gap by putting the skills and knowledge of trained philosophers at the service of the general public.
North Korea is the only place I have ever been – outside the super-cosmopolitan cities of the West – where people don’t register a foreigner in the street. Everyone seemed intent on something, and somehow detached from each other, like figures in a Lowry painting. It was as if I was haunting, or being haunted by a country rather than actually being in it. Even style here is from the past: books and posters display the same smiling, idealistic, ‘modernised’ 1950s world familiar from both Soviet propaganda and the billboards in US suburbs. Somehow, I am sure, I am failing to really visit North Korea. The ‘old’ places seem empty, wiped of memory. The ‘new’ places, though, are charged with tension. I keep on being told of the hell of Japanese occupation, of the total flattening of the country by the Americans. Every old place has had to be renewed, they seem to be trying to say; and the new places are marked by the horror of their origin. A phrase keeps recurring. ‘The situation here is very complicated. We hope one day you will understand us.’ I become slightly paranoid, super-sensitive, watching people closely for signs of their inner life, suspicious of the way emotions jump into pre-ordained positions; fascinated by the moments of silence certain questions produce, moments where shadows of emotions I cannot discern move back and forth across faces before an answer is made.  
not brand new, but still an interesting read
On Friday, May 14, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, known around the world for attempting to bring dictators to justice, was told he will now face trial for attempting to do the same in his own country. If found guilty, the 54-year-old examining magistrate could be removed from his job for up to 20 years.  
The blow has been expected ever since early April, when Spain's Supreme Court accused Garzón of 'knowingly exceeding his powers' during his 2008 attempt to investigate alleged crimes against humanity carried out during the country's 40-year dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. The case is causing consternation both in Spain and abroad, mainly because it was brought by three ultra right-wing organizations.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live with environmental catastrophes for decades
Recipe Chimp
Visit RecipeChimp, plug in items from your kitchen, and RecipeChimp kicks back recipes that feature those ingredients as well as additional items you may need. You can expand the search results on the fly by clicking on additional items in the recipes or the suggested ingredients sidebar.  
RecipeChimp pulls recipes from dozens of recipe web sites so you don't have to worry about getting stuck with some oddball recipe or missing out on the more interesting offerings of bigger recipe sites.  
Extra Tasty is a community web site for sharing and searching cocktails on the internet.  
Cooking up a storm with Bing Recipes
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