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We recently wrote about a car rebellion in a town near Area 51 in Nevada, where one day almost all their automatic doors refused to unlock. Now cars are fighting back in a shopping mall parking lot in the U.K., as dozens of cars refused to unlock, setting off all their alarms at the same time.

The Derbyshire (U.K.) Evening Telegraph reports that some people think this might have been caused by signals from cell phone antennas, while others blamed radio waves or planes flying overhead. In Nevada, the rebellion was blamed on the same radio bands that are used to unlock cars being used at the nearby military base.
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The Pentagon, which once saw eye-to-eye with the White House, seems to be fighting them lately, when it comes to the Bush administration’s embrace of junk science. First they issued a report on the military dangers of global warming, despite the administration’s denials that this is a major problem and its inaction on measures to solve it. Now they’ve granted $240,000 to Swedish scientists for embryonic stem-cell research to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, in a study that could not be done here due to government limits on stem-cell research.
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We may not have noticed, but on Thursday afternoon an asteroid 100 feet in diameter, the size of a small office building, made the closest approach ever recorded to the Earth, missing us by one-tenth of the distance between here and the Moon. It was discovered only two days ago.

Jeff Hecht writes in New Scientist that the previous record for a near-miss occurred on September 27, 2003, when asteroid 2003 SQ222 missed the earth by about twice that distance. We didn’t know about that one until it already passed us by, since it came from inside the Earth’s orbit.
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