September 21, 1998 |
From the day man created his first hammer, he has wanted someone else to actually pound the nails. And although the word "robot" has been around only since Czech author Karel Capek coined it in 1921, stories of mechanical people built to take care of the most mundane tasks have captured the human imagination since antiquity.
May 25, 2008 |
The Legoland part you've figured out. And the going-to-the-beach part. But once your family has set its sights on a quick, kid-friendly trip to northern coastal San Diego County, there's still the question of where to sleep. Here's a round-up of several non-chain options in this little city -- all west of Interstate 5 and the railroad tracks, all handy to the Pacific, all within easy range of those thousands upon thousands of colored plastic building blocks.
May 22, 2012 |
Silicon Valley executive Thomas Langenbach, 47, was charged this week with four counts of second degree burglary after he allegedly put fake bar codes on Lego sets in Target stores so that they rung up at a deeply discounted price at the register. For example, on April 20 he allegedly paid $49.99 for a Millennium Falcon Lego set that retails for $139.99 and he bought an X-wing Starfighter Lego set for $19.99 that retails at Target for $59.99, police said. Langenbach allegedly sold the Lego sets for profit on Ebay, using the handle "Toms Brickyard.
November 17, 2011
EVENTS And you thought playing with Legos was just a constructive way to spend a rainy afternoon. Turns out some children have been building them into fierce robots and will square off in a First Lego League Robotics Qualifying Tournament for a spot in the regional competition come December. This round hosted by California Lutheran University will feature 24 teams from local schools and their Lego minions, who will somehow carry out a task associated with this year's theme: food safety.
March 22, 2011 |
Legoland Florida recently received the first shipment of 32 Lego models for the kiddie theme park, which is scheduled to open in October at the former Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven, about 40 miles from Disney World. Photos : Ride-by-ride preview of Legoland Florida Built in Europe, the handmade Lego models include a 40,000-brick blacksmith destined for the Castle Hill area of the park, a wizard designed for the indoor section of the Dragon roller coaster, an axe-wielding knight, a howling wolf and a snoring grandfather sitting on a park bench.
February 14, 2009 |
Lego, Europe's biggest toy maker, said U.S. consumer sales climbed a record 38% last year, as parents sought cheaper, more durable toys for their children in the sputtering economy. Sales in 2009 may continue to grow, said Soren Torp Laursen, who heads the company's Americas unit. The Billund, Denmark-based company will offer a wider selection of lower- and medium-priced products to appeal to consumers struggling with falling home values and the highest unemployment rate in 16 years.
December 26, 2012 |
A Back to the Future Delorean Time Machine Lego set? Yes please! Lego has announced that it will start to put a new Lego set featuring the Delorean time machine, a Lego Doc, and a Lego Marty McFly on a hover board, into production in the next year. Exact timing and pricing are not currently available, but hopefully you just got plenty of Christmas goodies to keep you occupied while you wait. The Delorean Time Machine set came out of the Lego CUUSOO website, where Lego enthusiasts are invited to submit ideas for new Lego sets.
September 25, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 23 - 29 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Animal Practice: After a sneak peek last month, this sitcom starts its regular run with Justin Kirk as a New York veterinarian who has an unorthodox style and a penchant for hitting on his clients (8 p.m. NBC). The Middle: Mike (Neil Flynn) accidentally reveals who his favorite child is in the season premiere of the family comedy (8 p.m. ABC)
September 6, 1999 |
Computer scientists at Brandeis University say they have taken a significant step toward creating robots that will evolve into ever more sophisticated machines, capable of repairing and modifying their own hardware. What they have come up with isn't exactly the "2001" film star, Hal, or even R2D2 of "Star Wars." But they have produced software that allows a computer to design structures, such as bridges and cranes, without human intervention.
October 24, 2010 |
India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is having a little housewarming in Mumbai this week to show folks around. It could take awhile. The $1-billion home, seven years in the making, is 400,000 square feet on 27 floors, all for a family of six. Don't worry about parking. The building, which looms over the city's skyline like a Lego set gone awry, boasts a 168-space lot. Or avoid Mumbai's nightmarish traffic altogether by landing on one of three helipads. Need to cool off after the stressful drive?