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March 28, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
You are going to watch this video of Sand Flea, a robot developed by Boston Dynamics, and for a few seconds you are going to be bored. After all, Sand Flea isn't much to look at - just an 11 pound robot with large plastic wheels that don't look hi-tech or expensive, and all the robot does at first is move noisily over what appears to be a parking lot - much like a remote-control car. But then Sand Flea comes to a wall, and instead of...
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March 28, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
You are going to watch this video of Sand Flea, a robot developed by Boston Dynamics, and for a few seconds you are going to be bored. After all, Sand Flea isn't much to look at - just an 11 pound robot with large plastic wheels that don't look hi-tech or expensive, and all the robot does at first is move noisily over what appears to be a parking lot - much like a remote-control car. But then Sand Flea comes to a wall, and instead of...
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March 30, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
It's been a rough year for NASA. President Obama's proposed budget for 2013 would slash $300 million from the agency's planetary sciences division - a 20% cut from the $1.5 billion it received for 2012. And many Americans are wondering if it makes sense to spend federal dollars on space exploration rather than putting that money to more practical use right here on Earth. But here to tell you that space exploration is both cool and practical is none other than will.i.am, producer and frontman of the super group Black Eyed Peas.
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March 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The next time you want to check Twitter when you're in the bathroom, you might not even need to bring your smartphone with you. An entertainment start-up known as Collector's Edition launched a new product that takes your Twitter feed and for $35 prints it on four rolls of toilet paper. The product began taking orders Wednesday, and already, the first batch of printings have sold out, said David Gillespie, one of the start-up's founders. Customers can print their Twitter feeds, their timelines, their favorite tweets, or even decide to print others' feeds.
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January 25, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
German guitarist Jorg Nassler says he always dreamed of playing in the United States. "Well finally, here I am," he told the audience Friday night during his and partner Silvio Schneider's American debut concert in San Juan Capistrano. The acoustic guitarist from Dresden probably didn't expect the answer to his prayers to take place in a church. Yet that's just what Nassler & Schneider did in kicking off the Multicultural Arts Society's concert series at South Coast Christian Assembly.
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April 14, 1990 | LEN HALL
Like his distant relative, Henry David Thoreau, Laguna Beach writer David Thoreau has an affinity for nature and the great outdoors. So for his first screenplay, "Side Out," this Thoreau chose as his setting a late-20th-Century Walden Pond where millions of Southern Californians head for reflection: the beach.
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November 1, 2006 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
DO you think that Franz Joseph Haydn is an ideal musical companion? Are you soothed by his sunny conviction that reason really does matter or are you buoyed, perhaps, by his unself-conscious assumption that the sublime and a great good humor can coexist harmoniously? If so, then Daniel Kehlmann's rather stunningly assured "Measuring the World" is just the novel for you. At 31, the author -- an Austrian, though born in Munich -- is literally the wunderkind of contemporary German letters.
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November 14, 1993 | REBECCA BRUNS, Bruns is a San Francisco based free-lancer who specializes in covering the tropics.
The 19-seater buzzed over the Caribbean, its wing tilted toward the little island below, an arrowhead-shaped green wilderness, with no signs of civilization. But obviously it was popular--every seat on the plane was full. Especially mine. I sweated under a lapful of luggage that I'd insisted on carrying aboard after SAHSA, the Honduran airline, had lost it on a flight over from the mainland to nearby Roatan.
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October 24, 1993 | MICHAEL MODZELEWSKI, Modzelewski, a free-lance writer and the author of "Inside Passage: Living With Killer Whales, Bald Eagles and Kwakiutl Indians " (HarperCollins), lives in Berkeley. and
It was a splendid safari. Along with the English guide Robert Carr-Hartley, my then-wife and I led a group of Americans through the game parks of Kenya for three weeks, seeing wildlife up close and in great numbers. The only disappointment was that we didn't get to view the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. There had been so much rain that year, 1991, that the wildebeest stayed south with plenty of grass to eat. So much rain . . . standing water, puddles in all of the camps . . .
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