In today's Remainders: Empires. Apple tends to theirs at their annual shareholders meeting; Verizon reinforces their cellular empire for Spring Break action; and the Galactic Empire's graphic design team faces off with Ole Miss's new rebel mascot. And more!
It's a Mascot!
Ole Miss has been without a mascot since 2003, when its Colonel Reb was deemed offensive. A campus-wide vote was initiated to determine the new one, and the University has gravitated towards a Rebel of a different nature: Admiral Ackbar! Star Wars fans shouldn't get too excited; the Associated Student Body President said that the campaign is only "comic relief." Too bad, the thought of Red Squadron-replica football helmets running around on ESPN had me pretty excited. [Washington Post]
We All Live In An Autonomous Submarine
Today PopSci shares a report on Gulper, an autonomous submarine that can plan its own experiments. "Cool," you say, but in reality it's not quite as exciting as it sounds—Gulper basically just makes small decisions within the confines of a preprogrammed task to get things done more efficiently. Submarines have been zipping around on their own for a while now, so it's gonna take a little bit more autonomy to impress us. [PopSci]