New Self-driving Car

Would you ever want to sit in the back seat of a car by yourself and having the car drive you to the grocery store? Well it may be happening soon. Recently people from Oxford University have been working on a self driving car. There are many people seem to be skeptical about letting a computer take control of the car.
The scientists are testing it at special testing grounds in Oxfordshire. This car uses different technology then what was tried before. This car cannot just drive you as soon as you get it. It does not use a gps system it memorizes your routes and then after that it can take you on the routes by itself. It uses two cameras on the front of the car to memorize the surroundings of the car and allows it to memorize the road. There is also a laser on the front that can detect if there is an obstacle blocking the car and then breaks to avoid it. They are also trying to keep the price down so it is affordable to the middle class.There is a good video explaining the car better on BBC.com

Pope Benedict Resigns

In the Catholic Church there was some very big news this week as Pope Benedict XVI has resigned. He was the first Pope to resign in the past six hundred years. He said that he decided to resign because of age. He is currently 85 years old. The job of being pope was simply too strenuous for him. Not only was he the head of the Catholic Church but he was also the leader of the small country of the Vatican City. He has said that his “strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”

His resignation has caused some problems. All of the cardinals now have to vote on the next Pope. This voting process is called the conclave. The conclave can last days and no cardinal is allowed to leave or even make phone call. There are currently 121 cardinals that are allowed to vote. The reason a conclave can last for days is that the cardinals must have a 67% majority vote. This conclave seems as though it will not take an extremely long amount of time and that we will have a new pope soon.
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A White-out Weekend

A large part of the north east is without power this weekend as a very large snow storm blew through this weekend. This nor’easter came through with hurricane force winds and dumped two to three feet of snow on parts of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. In some areas the wind reached a howling 70 miles per hour. It was so bad that it caused the governors of Massachusetts and Connecticut to order that no cars were allowed on the roads. The massive storm caused fear in many people as Sandy sat in the back of their heads. Grocery stores were packed with people trying to get food and water to outlast the storm in their homes. Sadly the storm seems to be the cause of 5 deaths. One of which was an 11 year old boy from Boston. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning while in a car trying to keep warm when his power went out. Now even though the snow has stopped people still need to keep cautious and stay safe.

Super Bowl Sunday! Millions of people will be tuning in to watch the game, but even more will be tuning in to watch the commercials. But is it the best way to get the advertising with a 30 second spot costing 4 million dollars? Many companies this year have put their commercials out a few days or weeks before kickoff. They figure that they can get more people through the internet or through smaller markets. A story I found on businessweek explains. They say that a company that premiers a commercial during the super bowl will get around 1.3 million views where if they put them out earlier on the internet they get around 9.1 million. Combining this with the money they save from not having to pay 4 million dollars will add up to a very large profit.

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