Romantic: Napoleon Bonaparts, novelist? Written at the age of 26, shortly before his star began to rise in France's history, the secret love story that the French emperor kept among his prized personal possessions even during his final exile at St-Helena, is now being published.
Jane Aitken, director of Gallic, the book's publisher, said the book will show Napoleon to be "an accomplished writer of fiction".
"Although the piece of writing is short, it does cast an extraordinary light on Napoleon, who is someone we all think we know. We in Britain think of him as a military man, but here we see the romantic side to him."
Anamatronic: Has Japan discovered the next step up from using television as an electronic babysitter for children? Witness their plan for robot teachers, "the perfect application for a robot":
Saya's steel skull is covered with fine latex cast from a female university student. Underneath, a system of 18 motors works like muscles to give her facial expressions including surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness and sadness.
The robot is able to talk, potentially in any language, move her head and respond to questions. She currently speaks around 300 phrases and has a vocabulary of 700 words and is programmed to respond to words and questions.
It is planned that the first robot teachers will be used in several classrooms where they will be operated by 'controller' teachers operating from a control centre.
Unsympathetic: A week before National Police Week, US President Obama's budget cuts target the Public Safety Officers' Death Benefits Program, reducing their funding from $110 million down to $60 million. "The program pays benefits of more than $300,000 to the survivors of a safety officer killed in the line of duty."
Autocratic: Germany's Constitutional Court ruled to uphold their 1993 law that limits the length of a person's name. Married people may not combine already-hyphenated names, but that's the least of their meddling:
Germany takes a highly regimented approach to naming. Children’s names must be approved by local authorities, and there is a reference work, the International Handbook of Forenames, to guide them. Jürgen Udolph, a University of Leipzig professor and head of the information center there that provides certificates of approval for names that have not yet made the official list, said that “the state has a responsibility to protect people from idiotic forenames.”
That responsibility is often tested in court. In 2003, an appellate court ruled that a boy could not be named “Anderson,” because it was a last name in Germany.
Judges Willie Makit, Jock Strapp and Dick Hurtz, could not be reached for comment.