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“Topflight boffins in America have well and truly gasted the world’s flabber by building a sort of miniaturized live arena version of Pac-Man, in which players guide minuscule single-celled organisms to gobble up little balls. The game, dubbed PAC-mecium (the organisms which chase around gobbling balls are paramecia) is the brainchild of Stanford uni bioengineering prof Ingmar Riedel-Kruse. “We hope that by playing games involving biology of a scale too small to see with the naked eye, people will realize how amazing these processes are and they’ll get curious and want to know more,” he says. Riedel-Kruse and his Stanford colleagues set up the tiny, living Pac-Man game by placing paramecia in a small fluid chamber, which is viewed through a microscope by a camera – which then relays images to the video game screen. The player controls the paramecium using a normal game controller which is hooked up to equipment that “controls the polarity of a mild electrical field applied across the fluid chamber, which influences the direction the paramecia move”. Score is kept by a computer tracking the paramecia on the video.” w/ photo
“The House of Cards Table is a piece of furniture that addresses topics such as lightness and instability, but with sense of humor which is a mark of the work by Brazilian designer-architect Mauricio Arruda. The idea of his latest design, apparently simple, has lived for years in his imagination until today! The game house of cards is part of most people’s imagination and its image is so familiar that it is impossible to believe that there is someone who would not identify it.” w/ photos
“If Wally knew how to talk, the dog would probably admit to being embarrassed about how he got his name. The 4-year-old Shar-Pei mixed breed was rescued Friday after he got stuck between two walls in the 33-200 block of Rancho Vista Drive in Cathedral City. He’s now resting at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, but how he got stuck and for how long remains a mystery. It’s likely Wally got stuck chasing a smaller animal that ran through the space, Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said Friday. “Wally could’ve been in there for several hours, without a doubt,” he said. Animal control officers received a call around 10 a.m. regarding a barking dog. Upon arrival, they found Wally stuck in a crawl space separating a home and a wall that belongs to the Coachella Valley Water District. “It’s not every day someone calls the water district to rescue a dog,” district spokeswoman Heather Engel said. District workers spent about 40 minutes pounding a hole into the wall and freed a weak and dehydrated Wally by 1:30 p.m., Welsh said. A district employee fed the friendly dog a bean and cheese burrito. No one knew if Wally had an owner.” w/ photos + video
“Africa’s largest rodent, porcupines are also known as ‘Quill Pig’. They are prickly creatures with more than 30,000 needle-like quills on their back, sides and tail. While searching for food they make grunting sounds and are most active during the night. Now let us learn some more interesting facts about this amazing creature!” w/ photos