ROBOT: Authorities will use robot to open Leahy letter

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Thu Nov 29 2001 - 02:37:41 MST

WASHINGTON - Desperate to preserve evidence that might identify the source of lethal anthrax attacks, government scientists will use a small robot to open a suspicious letter addressed to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a senior law enforcement official said Wednesday. The testing could begin as early as today. The Leahy letter, discovered 2 weeks ago in a search of mail quarantined from Capitol Hill, is believed to contain billions of potentially deadly anthrax spores. Authorities think the heavily taped envelope may hold their last, best hope for an investigative breakthrough in the bioterrorism case.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI, non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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