OOD DAY FOR: Gold diggers, after an amateur treasure hunter in England with a metal detector unearted the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure trove ever discovered. The treasure—which includes 11 pounds of gold, plus silver crosses and bejeweled weapons—is probably worth a “seven-figure sum,” according to experts. It will be auctioned off to museums, and the treasure hunter will split the money with the farmer on whose land he found it. (AP via Google News)
BAD DAY FOR: Death panels, after U.S. scientist Ray Kurzweil predicted that nanotechnology and our increasing understanding of the human body will make immortality within reach in as little as 20 years. Kurzweil cited existing artificial organs and neural transplants as evidence of the speed of innovation. “We can look forward to a world where humans become cyborgs, with artificial limbs and organs,” he said, adding that “virtual sex will become commonplace.” (The Daily Telegraph)
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