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Solar rays may be the cause of Toyota's problemsPosted Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 3:38 PM
CNN ratings have been going down for awhile. No kidding? Most people who watch cable news could probably tell them how to fix that, but they don't ask. I don't tune in like I once did -- tired of Gloria Borger and other "experts" telling me what's what. I'd rather look for news online.
Last night I read about how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating whether solar rays might be causing the problems with Toyotas. At first I thought it was some kind of hoax to get people to click on a link, but it's apparently for real.
The articles are saying the Detroit Free Press reported this -- that "a concerned scientist" sent an anonymous e-mail to the NHTSA saying the specific design of Toyota's microprocessors, memory chips and software could make them vulnerable to these rays. It's reported that the tipster said the phenomenon can trigger software crashes that come and go without a trace and "may be one reasonable explanation for incidents of sudden acceleration."
Articles are springing up all over the web that say our space ships and aircrafts use some techniques to prevent problems from solar radiation but the auto industry is behind in protecting their electronics from this problem.
This morning I read a story about how the military in India is working on a new weapon against terrorism -- the world's hottest chili.
This news was reported in an Associated Press article -- the Indian military is conducting tests to make hand grenades with "bhut jolokia" chili inside.
It says bhut jolokia made the Guinness World Records in 2007 for being the world's spiciest chili -- grown in India for its taste, ability to cure stomach trouble and ability to fight summer heat.
A scientist in New Delhi was quoted saying the bhut jolokia chili grenade's pungent smell could choke terrorists and force them out of their hide-outs.
They're also conducting trials to see if bhut jolokia aerosol sprays could be used by women against attackers and for police to control and disperse mobs.
The AP article says the scientific measurement of a chili's spiciness is a "Scoville unit." Classic Tabasco sauce is rated between 2,500 and 5,000 Scoville units. Jalapeno peppers are rated between 2,500 and 8,000 Scoville units. But the bhut jolokia chili is rated at more than 1,000,000 Scoville units.
Concerned about your safety and security? Want a way to defend yourself? Why spend money on a gun when you could grow your own weapon? A chili pepper is legal and you don't need a permit to start a garden.
Anna is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling 847-4487 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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