" Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong. "
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Battle of Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle

After returning from exile at Elba, Napoleon reinstalled himself on the throne of France. As he traveled to Paris to take power, a coalition of European powers organized against him. On June 18, Napoleon began a direct offensive against British forces, but the British held the line until Prussian troops arrived, marking a turning point in the battle. Routed, the French retreated, and Napoleon left the field and signed his second abdication. To what continent did he allegedly try to escape?



Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Automatic number plate recognition, or ANPR, is a mass surveillance method that utilizes optical character recognition to "read" vehicle license plates in images taken by designated cameras. Used by law enforcement and for electronic toll collection, ANPR systems can store images, license plate text, and, sometimes, photographs of drivers, leading to public concerns about government tracking and misidentification. Modern ANPR systems are capable of scanning plates on cars traveling how fast?

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Paul McCartney

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, singer, songwriter, and musician Paul McCartney is the most successful composer in popular music history. McCartney, together with John Lennon, founded the Beatles and spread "Beatlemania" to fans across the globe. The group defined a musical genre and helped jump-start a cultural revolution among young people in the 1960s. McCartney is credited with a record 29 US number-one singles; how many of them were with the Beatles?

Last updated on Thursday, 18th June 2009

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