It's hard to imagine that a company as world renown as McDonald's would have to close any of its stores, but the current state of the global economy is forcing Jon Gardar Ogmundsson, the franchise owner of the three branches in Iceland, to do just that. The country of Iceland is on the brink of bankruptcy and costs of importing anything, let alone the packaging, meat, vegetables and cheese for each store has doubled. Some of the population won't be sad to see the golden arches come down. But from the time of the announcement that a Big Mac will soon be impossible to buy, the three stores have seen a boom in business, with lines reaching out the doors. You can read the Yahoo News article here, but I recommend CNN's humorous Blog by Neil Curry here.
A division of Panasonic, a Japanese corporation, has developed a machine based on the movie "Aliens". Activelink. the division, hopes to have a working version of the powerloader from the film by 2015. For those not familiar with the movie, the powerloader is a robot that a human gets into and can control powerful arms and legs to do heavy lifting and moving. It was used to fight the alien in the movie. The scientists on the project are still trying to make the machine lighter so a human can operate it safely. They feel it would be especially useful in warehouses and disaster relief situations to move heavy objects quickly and with precision. I'm going to follow another poster's lead and ask everyone to include what movie technology you think should be developed in real life next in your comments.
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Walmart has started carrying caskets online. This in response to Costco offering caskets on their website. Walmart has a selection of 14 caskets as well as a variety of urns for the cremated. Pat Lynch, of the National Funeral Home Director's Association, isn't worried. He says that online retailers don't offer one important thing funeral homes do, the comfort of human contact at a difficult time. I don't know, I think I could call a friend for human contact after saving a couple hundred dollars online. Still, it does have the creepy factor, shopping for a casket at Walmart's website.
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