Cows provide moo laptop power in India

French mayor declares no more deaths in village; Kenyan safari at risk

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

France: An overcrowded cemetery has led the mayor of a small village in southwestern France to forbid any of the 260 residents from dying.

The ordinance posted in council offices threatened severe punishment to any who disobey.

Mayor Gerard Lalanne has told media this is no laughing matter and explained he had no choice after the neighbouring town refused his request of more land.

Whether offenders will be punished by death is yet to be decided.

New York: Early this morning, Times Square held its breath after a small explosion damaged a U.S. military recruiting station at 3:45 a.m.

But messages from the Pentagon and the White House quickly dispelled fears of the worst by announcing there was no sign of terrorism.

No victims have been reported.

Kenya: Officials are concerned humans aren’t the only ones threatened by Kenya’s violent post-election uproar.

The lives of rhinoceroses and other animals are at stake if the country fails to persuade tourists to return after its recent crisis.

The United Nations warned Kenya’s many conservation projects would soon collapse without the revenues from the multitude of tourists they attract each year.

Kenya’s tourism industry, which brought in almost $1 billion last year, dealt with a flood of cancellations after protests against the recent election led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people.

India: Cows are the unusually hairy source of power being used by The One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC) in India.

The group was forced to come up with an ingenious approach to providing a low cost energy source when other methods of power proved too expensive or unrealistic.

Since plenty of cows were on hand, OLPC decided to design its project around India’s fuzzy friends. Currently under production, the XO laptops will cost approximately $200 each.

The low-cost computers will use the motor from an old Fiat car and a series of belts and pulleys powered by cattle.

Germany: Soldiers wanted: men and women in ... poor physical condition?

Soldiers in Germany are better suited for a career in Sumo-wrestling than the military according to a recent report.

The study found the country’s soldiers are overweight, smoke too much and don’t exercise enough.

According to the findings, an astonishing 40 per cent of German soldiers are obese compared to only 35 per cent of the civilian population.

United States: The founder of the Weather Channel has threatened to sue Al Gore, recent Nobel Prize winner, for fraud.

The station’s founder, John Coleman, is frustrated with the global warming movement and thinks an attack on Gore for his recent documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, would bring out the truth of the issue.

At the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, Coleman criticized what he called “global warming alarmists” and said the idea of taking drastic actions to reduce energy use is bogus.

International: Get out your violin and handkerchief: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is no longer the world’s richest man.

With the tiny nest egg of only $58 billion, Gates is third on Forbes’ list of the globe’s richest, beat by Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim ($60 billion) and Berkshire Hathaway chief Warren Buffet ($62 billion).

The dot-com collapse and Microsoft’s recent $41-billion bid for Yahoo! could be to blame for the fall of a man who was once worth $100 billion.

But don’t expect to hear him asking, “You want fries with that?” any time soon.

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