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Monster Smart Car

smart_for_fun.jpgThe text that goes with this is about three times too cute but the picture is nifty.


July 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Monster Smart Car

‘Monster jellyfish’ on Norwegian west coast


jellyfish.jpgExtremely large stinging jellyfish have been periodically appearing off the shore of Sola on the southwest coast of Norway.

This has been a bumper year for jellyfish. The largest specimen spotted was approximately a meter (39.3 inches) in diameter.

“These can be deadly for children and those allergic to stinging jellyfish,” marine biologist Jan Helge Fosså at the Institute of Marine Research told NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting).

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2,500 pieces of luggage missing –in a week?


Thousands of items of luggage have gone missing from Oslo’s Gardermoen International Airport (OSL) in just the past two weeks.

Frustration and wasted time have resulted for many travelers to Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport in recent weeks.

Passengers have had the added inconvenience of being stuck for hours in telephone service queues trying to find out what to do about their missing suitcases. In the past two weeks alone 2,500 units of luggage have been misplaced.

Servisair has baggage handling responsibility for 19 airlines but has only one employee to handle telephone service calls, newspaper VG reports.


Not only do they lose your luggage but they have great support in helping you find it. 

July 24, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2,500 pieces of luggage missing –in a week?

Fish weapon in war on terror


ricefish.jpg Forget about Japanese technology. The country’s latest contribution to the war on terrorism is tiny fish, which will be deployed to detect contamination of water supplies.
Light-orange ricefish, which are some 4cm long and are commonly kept as pets in Japan, will alert authorities if their movement is irregular.

Shizuoka prefecture south of Tokyo devised the fish alert system after the government asked the country to come up with anti-terrorist measures following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.

If the water is contaminated, the fish show irregular behavior, such as swimming with their noses near the surface because of breathing problems, or simply die.

“This live water surveillance system is useful because usual water filters take up to 15 hours to detect contamination, whereas with these rice-fish it will only take three hours,” said Mitsuyoshi Hori, an official handling the project.

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Aldrin saw a UFO

The Daily Record

THE first men to walk on the Moon reported seeing a UFO, a new TV documentary reveals.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon’s surface after Neil Armstrong, says space agency bosses covered up their sighting. And the Apollo 11 astronauts were also careful not to talk about it openly.

He said: “There was something out there, close enough to be observed, and what could it be? Now, obviously the three of us weren’t going to blurt out, ‘Hey, Houston, we’ve got something moving alongside of us and we don’t know what it is, you know?

“Can you tell us what it is?’ We weren’t about to do that.”


And they reset an engine circuit breaker with a ballpoint pen too. No. Really.

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Thief steals car with grandpa inside

Link to Ananova

A thief who stole a brand new BMW when its owner jumped out to buy a bunch of flowers failed to spot his granddad on the back seat.

German Bernhard Massl, 34, left his granddad Falk, 80, guarding his new five series while he went into a florist’s in Zgorzelec, Poland. But when he came back out the car – and his granddad – were missing.

Falk, who was found a couple of miles away by police, said: “He didn’t notice me at all until I asked him where he was taking me. He was really startled when he realised he was not alone and immediately pulled over to let me out.”

Police are now looking for the stolen car and have put out a description of the thief.


Should be a pretty good descripton I would think.

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If you’re backing up is it speeding?


A German man has been fined after being caught by a speed camera driving 35 mph in a 25 mph zone while in reverse.

Heinz Erlauf, 42, from Stuttgart was sent the £20 fine after police saw the photo of his Mercedes C Class zooming backwards down a residential street in Bludenz, Austria.

A spokesman for the local police said: “That is the first time any of us have ever seen a driver get flashed by a radar while reversing.”

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Robo-scallop in your bloodstream

NOTE: This item was supposed to go on technudge this morning but blogger.com [that technudge goes through] is apparently screwed up again and keeps resetting the connection. The unreliability of blogger.com is the reason I moved to WordPress after a year of frustration. If you are reading this and are interested in having your own blog my advice to you is to stay as far from blogger.com as possible. The interface is great, the performance is lousy.

scallop.jpg A device that mimics a sea scallop – propelling itself by alternately sucking and blowing – could one day carry drugs to hard-to-reach parts of the human body.

“Our motor has no moving parts and can be powered remotely with no connecting wires,” says Claus-Dieter Ohl, a physicist at the University of Twente in the Netherlands who led the team that built the device.

The so-called “roboscallop” consists of a tube a few millimetres long and about 750 microns in diameter that is closed at one end and contains a bubble of air. Submerging the tube in fluid and bombarding it with sound waves causes the bubble to expand and contract, alternately sucking and blowing liquid from one end of the tube. The process generates thrust because fluid enters the tube from a wide angle but is expelled as a narrow jet.

“Its how a scallop moves,” explains team member Rory Dijkink. “When you watch our device, it looks as if it is making two steps forward and one step back.


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