Posts Tagged: Cambridge

Can You Guess What A Thousand-Dollar Bottle Of Wine Tastes Like?

At this point in the news cycle, no one should be surprised to learn that, according to the world's preeminent wine experts, a bottle of 1953 Vega Sicilia, which costs around $1,000, would leave a tangible "horse manure character" on the palate of the discerning taster. Oxford and Cambridge have been holding an annual competitive wine-tasting competition for 60 years. It's an event where a human being might say something like, "If you misread astringency as acidity, you get it wrong." And another human being might nod along, and jot down notes, while secretly judging the first human being for "seeming to think that this constituted a coherent explanation.[...]


Cambridge Scientists Prepare For War Against the Terminators

Robots: friendly helpers or heartless monsters that will destroy humanity? This is no longer just a question for the movies that play all the time on "Spike" or TNT. As you may or may not have noticed, aggressor nations such as the United States are getting out of the people business when it comes to fighting wars. Drones and robots are where the action is today, because drones don't urinate on the corpses of innocent people in Afghanistan, and drones don't burn the Koran, and drones don't come home missing a couple of limbs or a chunk of brain and end up standing alongside a freeway ramp with a [...]


Henry Louis Gates Arrester Once Tried To Save A Black Guy, Okay???

You know what argument never really works? The old "I am not a racist because I put my lips on a black man during CPR in 1993" one. To be fair, I do sorta feel for the guy who arrested Harvard prof Henry Louis Gates a little because it is possible he is a bit dim and a not very good cop and really uptight and controlling and a little nuts, instead of a racist. Or I did feel that way! Until an anonymous Cambridge cop told the Boston Globe: "The fact that the Police Department dropped the charges [against Gates] makes the police officer look like [...]