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A design lab in the Netherlands has created what it claims is the first self-driving car for fish in an ‘attempt to liberate fish all over the world’.
Studio Diip’s Fish on Wheels prototype looks like a miniature fish tank mounted on the bottom half of a remote-controlled car. A webcam looks down on the tank and monitors which direction the fish is swimming in, converting this into instructions to steer the device.
“Up until now driving vehicles has been limited to mankind only (excluding a handful of autonomous vehicles driven by computers),” says Studio Diip on its website, “but now your pet fish can also put the pedal to the metal.”
The team behind the project is mainly interested in designing ‘intelligent imaging products’ and created the device in order to showcase its skills, using just a standard webcam, an Arduino micro-computer and a battery-powered motor.
Jump to it, council told
A council’s call centre was given a shock after a man rang to say he was being ‘harassed’…by a frog!
The amphibian was apparently hassling him at the bottom of his stairs. But, instead of dealing with the four-legged creature himself, his first port of call was Crawley Borough Council.
“We advised him it would probably hop off on its own, but he was adamant the frog was harassing him,” a spokesman said.
Bella’s vet hits jackpot
Spaniel Bella was left feeling short-changed after having £3.99 worth of coins removed from her stomach by Blue Cross vets.
The money-guzzling pooch arrived at the Blue Cross animal hospital in London’s Victoria after her owner noticed that she had swallowed a pound coin.
When the seven-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel passed 21 pence in cash but no pound coin, her owner Hayley Cole thought something was amiss.
So vets X-rayed Bella and found 11 more coins in her stomach and had to perform an operation to retrieve the dog’s savings!
Hayley said: “Bella has a penchant for coins and has eaten the odd penny before which she has managed to pass. I really can’t believe she had 11 other coins in her. I have no idea where she got them from or how long they’ve been there!”
Mark Bossley, chief vet at Blue Cross, said: “We see lots of cases of dogs swallowing things, but I’ve never come across a living, breathing money box like this before.
“Bella’s owner did the right thing bringing her into us as although the dog seemed fine, the coins could have caused a blockage. Also, coins can be poisonous if not passed as they may cause breakdown of the blood cells.”
Killer bees strike pensioner with 1,000 stings
An elderly woman suffered about 1,000 stings when she was attacked by a swarm of 75,000 killer bees that covered her entire body.
The 71-year-old, who works for telecommunications company Verizon, was hospitalised after disturbing the nest of Africanised honey bees in an underground electrical vault in Palm Desert, Southern California, the Independent reports.
Five firefighters were also hurt as they tried to clear the swarm. Lance Davis, a bee removal expert, told the Palm Desert Patch that the bees attacked after the woman ventured within 90 yards.
“They just went into her car and attacked her,” he told the website. “They were mad.”
The woman’s relatives threw a blanket over her and rushed her indoors.
The bees are now to be donated to farmers.
The woman suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover.
Africanised honey bees were first discovered in the US in 1990 and have gradually moved north.
While their stings are no worse than other bees, they are considered much more aggressive than the European Honey Bee and have been known to relentlessly attack anything they perceive to be a threat.
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