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Little Dog: And he doesn’t leave deposits in your yard

Following in the footsteps of the disconcerting BigDog robot and the slither tracks of the Robot Snake, here’s the LittleDog. Gone is the chainsaw-like whining of this pup’s pony-sized and scary older brother. Instead, there’s a cute determination that makes you want to root for the little whippersnapper.

There’s video at  LittleDog robot–DVICE.

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September 24, 2009 Posted by | Robots | | Comments Off on Little Dog: And he doesn’t leave deposits in your yard

There’s gold in them thar Staffordshire fields

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The UK’s largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered buried beneath a field in Staffordshire. Experts say the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces, which may date to the 7th Century, is unparalleled in size and worth “a seven figure sum”.

It has been declared treasure by South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh, meaning it belongs to the Crown.

Terry Herbert, who found it on farmland using a metal detector, said it “was what metal detectorists dream of”…

The Staffordshire hoard contains about 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, making it far bigger than the Sutton Hoo discovery in 1939 when 1.5kg of Anglo-Saxon gold was found near Woodbridge in Suffolk.

Lots more via BBC NEWS | UK

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Art for sure, cool stuff, gold | , , | Comments Off on There’s gold in them thar Staffordshire fields

“Jumbo squid hit Oregon beaches”

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Dozens of deep-sea-living Humboldt squid washed up along the central coast on Tuesday morning between Florence and Newport, providing a puzzle for scientists and a spectacle for beachcombers.

The creatures take their name from the South American Humboldt Current, where they’re typically found. Their arrival in the Northwest in recent years has been a cause for some concern among salmon fishermen.

Humboldt squid, also known as jumbo squid or red devils, are voracious predators that can reach up to 6 feet in length and weigh as much as 100 pounds.

via  The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Nobody is quite sure why this is happening although it also happened about a year ago. Even more puzzling is that the Jumbo Squid isn’t usually found in these waters. There’s lots more at the link.

September 24, 2009 Posted by | animals, Strange | , | Comments Off on “Jumbo squid hit Oregon beaches”

Times are tough when police cars get repossessed

In these tough times, lots of folks are losing their cars to the repo-man — including the cops.

The sheriff’s department of Alexander County, Ill., is turning over five patrol cars to a bank because of nonpayment.

via Police Cars Repossessed For Nonpayment.

September 24, 2009 Posted by | cops | , , | Comments Off on Times are tough when police cars get repossessed