' E-mail zombies. A quiz in the Spring 2001 issue of the Navy's Chips magazine scores users on their affinity for e-mail communications. Is there any other kind? But seriously, Chips offers sage psychological advice to those who commit no-nos such as sending so-called blastograms to more than 10 addressees or informing staff of program cuts by e-mail. Better do that F2F'face to face.

' Is it anything like the heartbreak of psoriasis? Continuing with our chronicle of e-mail-adies, researchers at Learning Worlds Inc. of New York last month announced the discovery of post-traumatic attachment disorder, a condition characterized by chronic failure to attach that e-mail attachment before clicking Send. Natch, the company has software for a quick cure'cheap, too, at $9.95.

' Triana. That's the name of the Earth-observation satellite inspired by former Vice President Gore's vision of a celestial rear-view mirror to beam back our own image to us from partway to the sun. Triana's planned launch was scuttled, and the bird is now earthbound at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Visit trianaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov.

' Hat trick. Last month Buzz reported the Defense Logistics Agency was under the gun to contract with non-Chinese beret makers for the Army's new black headwear. Apparently DLA did not succeed. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz last week told the agency to recall and dispose of all Army berets made in China or of Chinese materials. Now they're the hottest collector's items around.

' It's not a bird; it's not a plane. A pocket-sized Black Widow robotic insect is being tested for possible U.S. military surveillance use, according to a recent BBC report. From AeroVironment Inc. of Monrovia, Calif., the Black Widow has a robotic cousin, the Microbat. Does it have a Microbatmobile?

Quick, swat some rumors to [email protected].


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