The [nanobot] programs were simple logical operations that directed the DNA to unfold and release a molecule, for example, when it encountered a specific protein.
“This is the first time that biological therapy has been able to match how a computer processor works,” Ido Bachelet from Bar Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials told New Scientist. Next, they said they plan to scale up the computing power that can be put inside a single cockroach — enough to equal a Commodore 64.
Cockroaches have the advantage of not rejecting the tiny machines as foreign invaders like mammals do, although the team told New Scientist they are confident about making the bots stable enough to start human trials within five years.
A Chicago man who claimed he was “tax exempt” and didn’t have to pay the 22-cent sales tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi allegedly pulled a .22 caliber submachine gun to avoid forking over the extra cash at a convenience store on Saturday.
Nahshon Shelton was charged with five counts, including felony unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault and having an invalid FOID card, and is currently being held without bail.
“I’m going to shoot you in the head three times,” the 36-year-old allegedly said during the incident. “Right now I’m going to smoke your ass. You’re not listening, I’m killing everyone in here.”
After he was arrested, Shelton allegedly told police, “[This] is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt! Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”
According to Assistant State Attorney Claire Savaglio, the entire incident was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras.
It’s the Easter Bunny’s worst nightmare.
New Zealand based pizza chain Hell Pizza is drumming up some publicity for its Easter special, a pizza featuring rabbit meat, by erecting a billboard made of real rabbit fur.
“New for Easter,” the billboard reads. “Rabbit Pizza. Made from real rabbit. Like this billboard.”
The pizza chain, which has two locations in British Columbia, is no stranger to controversy, which may explain why the restaurant saw fit to justify its use of the bunny pelts as a PR stunt even before the bulk of backlash started rolling in.
“A note on our billboard,” Hell Pizza wrote in a post on its Facebook page “As well as being a delicious meat, and even quite cute, rabbits are unfortunately also a noted pest that is damaging to the New Zealand environment, particularly in the South Island.”
The restaurant clarifies that the rabbit pelts are ethically sources from “a professional animal tanning company, who in turn sourced them from local meat processing companies where the skins are a regular by-product.”
Ben Cumming, Hell Pizza’s general manager, said that rabbits are one of the healthiest meats available, and thinks that this new pizza will do very well.
“Eating rabbit meat isn’t just environmentally sustainable – it’s actually helping to reduce pests,” said Cumming, telling New Zealand marketing publication Stop Press that the chain also plans to mail out “lost bunny” posters to thousands of homes in yet another twisted ad scheme to promote the rabbit pies.
PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhech, however, is not pleased with the stunt.
“Hell Pizza may be in trouble for more than the skinned rabbits rotting on its unappetizing billboard,” she said in an interview with The Huffington Post, “because contrary to its claims, there is nothing ‘ethical’ about how the rabbits were slaughtered.”
“As for the name, ‘Hell’ sounds about right, because it’s what the rabbits likely experienced before they were made part of this tacky PR stunt.”
Hell Pizza is likely taking the criticism in stride, having previously courted controversy with its marketing schemes.
In 2006, the chain promoted its “Lust Pizza” – by mailing out 17,000 condoms. Two years later, a man named Walter Scott, 24, struck a deal with the pizza company to sell his soul to them for $3,800. Rachael Allison, head of marketing for Hell Pizza, flew to his home town to pick up his “soul” (or at least the deed that made Hell Pizza the new owners).
But it hasn’t always worked out for Hell Pizza: In 2011, the chain was forced to apologize after including a note reading “you will marry a transgender” in its “misfortune cookies.”
Hell Pizza was established in 1996 in Kelburn, New Zealand.
This whole matter started last week when Judge Mullin refused to let Bright inside her courtroom for wearing shorts instead of pants. He was not allowed in the courtroom the following Monday either. Mr. Bright isn’t wearing shorts because he particularly wants to, but rather, because he needs to. He got knee surgery two weeks ago, and as he told KDFW, “I have tubes that come out of my leg that make it prohibitive to wear [pants]. This connects to my ice machine…that is a way of taking down the swelling in my leg. I’m also incapable of putting on long pants by myself.” Bright says that Judge Mullin refused to hear him out, and now he’s crying foul.
Other attorneys think Bright is in the right. David Finn, a criminal law attorney also based in Dallas, told KDFW, “There’s a good reason that he’s not wearing pants, and that’s the knee surgery that he had, and he’s following the doctor’s orders. He’s got a handicap-parking permit. I mean, right now, he’s temporarily handicapped. It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – it’s black letter law.”
Bright is looking into the ADA to see if it “covers his predicament.” In the meantime, he’s displeased that his client isn’t getting his day in court because of the shorts he has to wear. He told KDFW, “[Judge Mullin] is denying him fair hearings under the Sixth Amendment and holding my physical condition against me, so that I’m unable to practice in her court currently.” Judge Mullin issued a response to KDFW saying, “I can’t comment on any pending matters out of this court because the attorney involved has filed a motion to recuse and the law doesn’t allow me to take any further action on this matter.”
An automatic arm that reaches out when it flushes has already knocked one young woman off the toilet seat.
More than 400 people have signed a petition calling on the council to replace the button-operated lavatory in Woking, Surrey.
Irene Watson, chairwoman of Goldsworth Park Community Association, said people were scared to use the loo, which was installed around five years ago after a long campaign for a lavatory in the area.
“The risk of the door opening unexpectedly while it is in use, and the toilet’s unisex nature and conspicuous position puts people off visiting it,” she said.
“And it has an unpredictable cleaning system – people are frightened of it going into a wash cycle and them not being able to get out.
“I spoke to someone whose daughter ended up being knocked off the loo by some sort of arm which swung out when the wash cycle started, which I presume had water coming out of it.
“She came out soaking wet.”
The loo is located next to football matches on nearby pitches, as well as dog walkers, anglers, Woking Model Yacht Club, a boot camp and the Charlotteville Rascals junior cycling club.
“It’s very short-sighted not to have a public loo at that location,” said Irene, who quickly said closing it down completely was not the answer.
“People will go in the woods, which isn’t very salubrious. We really do feel Goldsworth Park is being short-changed.
“But we want a public toilet that people feel is safe to use.”
A Woking Borough Council spokesman said: “The existing automatic public toilet has not met park users’ needs.
“The contract to provide this toilet has expired. The council intends to consider the future provision of toilet facilities at this location.”
An affidavit filed in federal court April 14, 2014, offered new details into why investigators think Isabel is responsible for placing those cameras, and possibly others, in restrooms at the school.
, 29, was charged after recording devices were found “covertly placed” in two stalls at Hayes Elementary School on Concord Street Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Isabel was in charge of the Stepping Stones after-school program at Hayes Elementary.
The affidavit said a custodian found a small gray junction box hanging on a wall opposite a toilet in a girls’ restroom at the school on April 2. The custodian looked closer, discovered a camera in the box and took the device to the principal’s office. That’s when police were called.
Investigators said the custodian said she had seen a small black device about a week earlier on the wall in a staff restroom in the school library. She thought the device was part of the automatic flushing toilet, and other employees had also seen the device. Although the device was gone a few hours later, no one reported seeing it to the principal or other authorities.
When police determined Isabel had been working when the devices were found, he was brought into the principal’s office to meet with investigators.
When asked if he ever went into the girls’ restroom, Isabel told investigators he goes in there occasionally if he, or a student, needs a tissue, the affidavit said.
“(Isabel) handled the gray device and then made the comment that his fingerprints will now be on the box,” the affidavit said. Isabel also told police he thought he had seen the junction box before, in a stall in the girls’ bathroom. When police checked the girls’ restroom, they found recording devices behind toilets in two of the stalls. The custodian confirmed those devices were just like the one she had seen in the staff restroom.
Cameras were found in the junction box and in the two devices found behind the toilets.
Meanwhile, Isabel left school “ostensibly because he was ill,” the affidavit said.
Police later found the cameras contained close-up images of children from the waist down as they used the toilet.
The cameras were, apparently, operating when they were put into place. They not only captured images of the victims, but the affidavit says images of the man who placed the cameras were also recorded.
“Although the male’s face is not visible, his identification card can be seen hanging from a lanyard on his neck,” the affidavit said about one of the cameras. Another camera captured video of a man installing the camera, and the school principal identified that man as Isabel from a still image police captured from the video.