Darren’s Daily Dose of News – May 14, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnews12Researchers are working on a thermal imager that one day might be used to detect liars at a government checkpoint.  The research arm of the Defense Intelligence Agency has been working since 2000 on a camera that measures minute changes in facial skin temperature. Those fluctuations — involuntary and undetectable even to the owner of the face — indicate a stress response.  Researcher Troy Brown says that might signal untruths.  The DIA is deeply interested in deciphering deception in job candidates applying for positions with access to classified information and in prisoners captured on the battlefield undergoing interrogation.  So far, the only way the government can get an inkling that someone may be less than truthful is a polygraph, the so-called lie detector test.  ***MARLAR: Washington D.C. politicians are working quickly to draft legislation to keep the technology away from government buildings. 

It’s a fate better than burgers. The 500-pound cow that forced New York’s Finest to play cowboy has found a new home. Molly the cow is now living the good life on a Long Island farm sanctuary. The cow put the mooo-ves on the NYPD earlier this week after bolting from a Queens slaughterhouse. She dodged cars and cops on a mile-long chase before being captured by the NYPD’s elite Emergency Services Unit. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals moved Molly to her new home yesterday. An ASPCA official says Molly’s future is a lot brighter now than it was a couple of days ago.  ***MARLAR: Until the Policeman’s Ball when they plan on serving burgers and steaks. 

A 10-year-old boy could clean-up, thanks to cleaning up. Arie Johnston found a backpack stuffed with more than $8,000 cash. He was helping his grandmother with the annual roadside cleanup drive in Alton, N.H., when he spotted the backpack. Officials managed to locate the owner, thanks to passports and other documents in the bag. Arie’s grandma says he could be getting a reward. ***MARLAR: The owner of the backpack also noticed that some of the larger bills were missing and replaced with smaller bills.  Arie said that way he won’t get gypped out of a reward like the last time he found money and returned it.

According to a new survey by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development the average French person spends 8 hours and 50 minutes sleeping getting almost an hour more shut-eye than citizens from nations like Japan and Korea. At 8 hours and 30 minutes, the United States comes in at number two. ***MARLAR: C’mon America – let’s be #1 again!  Bring out the La-Z-Boy! 

Stealing a “prisoner” T-shirt might not be the best move for a newly released inmate. Authorities in Fresno, Calif., say Israel Ramirez nearly caused a collision while riding his bike. The incident occurred shortly after Ramirez was released from the county jail. Deputies report they noticed Ramirez was wearing a jail T-shirt, with the word “prisoner” printed on the back. They charge he snuck it out of the lock-up under his clothes. He was busted again, this time on felony charges of receiving stolen property.  ***MARLAR: Well, they do say that the “clothes make the man.”

New Mexico has ordered 500 talking urinal cakes to help fight drunk driving. Guys making a pit stop will hear a female voice saying: “Hey there, big guy. Having a few drinks?”  The talking urinal then says, “It’s time to call a cab or ask a sober friend for a ride home.” So, why just the men’s room?  Officials note men are about three times more likely to be busted for drunken-driving than women. The talking urinal cakes cost 21 bucks each and will last for about three months.  ***MARLAR: Actually, a urinal cake talking to you… wasn’t that already a sign that you were drinking too much?

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