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Cool and Crap Awards of the Week

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At least two things happened in the world of science and science fiction last week. One was cool, the other was crap.

Coolest excuse to talk about human-robot love, or bot-on-bot love, without seeming like a total chromosexual pervert. The release of Wall-E, a robot love story, has stirred up everybody's memories of great robot love stories past. Now, for a brief time, you can talk about robo-love without coming across as a futuristic kinkster like David Levy, that guy who wrote the book on how we'll all be banging and marrying robots in a decade. Wired's Jenna Wortham even did a feature on the best robot love stories, though sadly she left out two of our favorites: Heartbeeps (accounting bot Andy Kaufman falls in love with hostess bot Bernadette Peters in the only movie Kaufman ever starred in), and Making Mr. Right (1980s-era John Malkovich as a nerdy space robot who romances a cute PR lady). Click through for the crap.

Crappiest cop scenario in a giant, 24-hour food riot: Koreans are seriously pissed off that their government has lifted the ban on importing U.S. beef. Who knows what goes into U.S. beef, anyway? Ranchers feed them everything from penicillin and bubblegum, to kibble made of other cows. Plus, U.S. screening for mad cow disease is just not up to the Korean standards. Koreans freaked out by the idea of buying U.S. beef started rioting Thursday night after the ban was lifted, and just never stopped. Riot cops sent to deal with the nighttime riots you can see in the top picture (below) had to work around the clock, which led to them sleeping in shifts (bottom picture). When science fiction authors write about police state dystopias and food riots, they never seem to take into account what the cops do when they're having to enforce state controls 24-hours a day. Now we know. They sleep on the street, in full gear, with cement as a mattress. Photos via Getty.


Beef Around the Clock [via Foreign Policy Passport Blog]