Canada's biggest model railway, a masterpiece built over decades, will be dismantled - Winnipeg Free Press MONTREAL - In a warehouse in Montreal's historic Griffintown neighbourhood, model train enthusiasts have spent 38 years engaging in a labour of love. Inch by inch, they've constructed what is believed to be Canada's largest fully operational model railway. More than 300 people have participated over the years, devoting thousands of hours to building life-like models across an eye-popping, detail-laden, 1,493-metre masterpiece. And it's about to be detroyed.
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A Sacramento pilot posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport which show a major gap in security. The TSA came down on him, and in the comments on all the news coverage many are critical for his not first bringing it to the attention of TSA superiors. The first of the news stories . Well, over 5 years ago Patrick Smith wrote in Salon about this. And 3 years ago in an interview with the freaking HEAD of the TSA, Bruce Schneier brought up this issue. " What about airport workers? Nearly one million workers move in and out of airports every day without ever being screened. The JFK plot, as laughably unrealistic as it was, highlighted the security risks of airport workers. As with any security problem, we need to secure the weak links, rather than make already strong links stronger. What about airport employees, delivery vehicles, and so on"
John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace has provisionally won the million dollar Level II first place in the 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. Other teams planning to compete are Masten Space Systems , Unreasonable Rocket and BonNovA .
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"Late last year, a New York Times column whipped Silicon Valley innovators and bailout-weary taxpayers into a frenzy. Valley professor and writer Randall Stross wrote that Tesla was hoping for government money to produce its cars, which only the very wealthy could afford. It wasn't exactly true, since the loan was intended to produce the $50,000 Model S sedan, not the $109,000 Roadster. .....We sat down with Tesla’s well-known founder, investor and CEO Elon Musk at the unveiling of the Model S in Silicon Valley this week. He gave us the latest on the loan and had harshe words for critic Stross:"
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