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According to ThisisLondon, a new smart plane is under development to serve as a last barrier of defense against terrorists and hijackers. The highly secured airplane is part of a 4-year, 35.8 million Euro ($45.5 million U.S.) effort to create safer skies. The plane's many projected features include:

  • Fingerprint technology and sophisticated biometric systems to ensure that only certified pilots are in control
  • The computer system in the plane will override signals if a plane is being veered towards a tall building or mountain, and instead set the course for the nearest airport.
  • A chip based system will match passengers to luggage, and an "electronic nose" will be used to scan for explosives before take off.

Plus dozens of other features. More than 100 aviation experts from 31 countries are participating in this effort, and while they all concede that there will never be a way to completely eliminate the threat of sophisticated hijackers, the developments seem very positive. Click here to read more, via TheRawFeed.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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