Meet the amazing geeks who invented Erebus, the scarecrow with a brain...
Acorrding toLive Science, Students at the University of South Florida have created a s carecrow that foregoes the old straw brain for a head stuffed with sophisticated sensors and computer parts. Erebus, the smart scarecrow, was designed not for a cornfield, actually, but to frighten away birds that would prey on fish in commercial aquatic farms.
Erebus detects motion and then images the scene. Its micro-PC, an eBox, then processes the imagery to distinguish between real intruders (the birds) and non-threatening objects like farmers. Fish farmers around the world might soon be exchanging their blue overalls for orange outfits; Erebus has been trained to leave bright orange things alone.
It can blast the sound of a gunshot at 120 decibels or spray the birds with an annoying but harmless sprinkler system. Erebus is also a tattletale: It reports the intrusion by email or cell phone.
We all know that college athletes get perks: SUVs, their very own nerd to take tests for them, a lifetime supply of Lotrimin...
They also get discounted cell-phone accessories in exchange for bowl tickets.
According to the Daily Iowan, documents obtained from an unemployment-compensation appeals hearing indicate that former IPCS Wireless employee Jeremy Reed sold a $79.99 headset and a $49.99 phone charger to a customer for 1 penny each, among other charges.
At his hearing, Reed said the football tickets were "gifts" from a "friend." The judge determined the "friend" was a football player, and preferential treatment was provided to the athletes in exchange for gifts and other benefits.
"I accidentally drunk dialed my thirtysomething TA instead of my friend by the same name at, like, 5:30 in the morning," confesses Juliet, an NYU undergraduate. "And I didn't realize it until way after he answered in a rage."
The Cornell Sun reports, After nearly a year's worth of preparations that included $25,000, 12 Cornell Police Department officers and a bomb-sniffing dog, College Republicans heard yesterday afternoon that conservative pundit Ann Coulter '84 would not appear at her speaking engagement scheduled for tonight in Statler Auditorium. The syndicated columnist was slated to give a speech called "Why Liberals Are Wrong About Everything."
Way to piss off your loyal campus Republicans, Ann...