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Saturday, December 17, 2011
3D mirror gives shoppe
Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde's Grandson, saying (English): "It's a terribly moving day because it's the combination of many years of worry about how we are going to keep Oscar Wilde's tomb in a state which can honour him." Oscar Wilde died penniless in Paris and his friends organised a quick burial ceremony in Bagneux, a small city outside Paris, where the poor were buried at the time. But the sales of his books collected enough money for them to later buy a burial plot in Paris' famous Pere Lachaise. It also houses the graves of Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and French playwright Moliere. Cindy Martin, Reuters
How about a robot to help you out around the house? Or a spare pair of hands in the kitchen? The new Robotville exhibition at London's Science Museum takes a look at the role robots are increasingly playing in our everyday lives. Many of the robots have been developed in European research labs. For instance, development of "Dora the Explorer" is being led by Birmingham University where Nick Hawes is a lecturer. SOUNDBITE: Nick Hawes, Lecturer in Computer Science at Birmingham University, saying (English): "Dora's a curious robot, that can explore her surroundings and build up a map. Once she's got a map she can then do tasks for you like finding objects and navigating round the home. We could start off seeing much sort of smaller versions of this being advances on the current cleaning technology, so hoovering robots, mopping robots, and there's some lawnmowing robots, but you could then incorporate this mapping technology and the exploration technology, so they could find new places to clean, they could find the dirty spot under your sofa, things like that." 2011 marks the 90th anniversary of the first recorded use of the word robot in a play by Czech writer Karel Capek. Robotville showcases robots with different applications - from humanoid ones to ones used to perform surgery. Kat Nilsson is Contemporary Science Manager at the Science Museum. SOUNDBITE: Kat Nilsson, Contemporary Science Manager at the Science Museum, saying (English): "There's some really, really interesting projects going on in Europe that really are cutting edge. If you look at some of the hands, the movement really is lifelike." But robots aren't just for the future. Meet KASPAR - designed to help during therapy for austistic children who aren't really able to interact with the outside world. UPSOUND "Here it's looking mischievous and thinking about things" Dag Syrdal is a researcher at the University of Hertfordshire. SOUNDBITE: Dag Syrdal, Researcher at the University of Hertfordshire, saying (English): "Interacting with a human over time can be stressful and tiring, and so what KASPAR becomes is a safe middle object, a mediator, from which the therapist can then interact with the child through it by using human-like emotions, but they're not real human emotions, so they're easier to relate to for the child and through that they can learn how to interact better with other humans." Robots are already helping us to learn more and do less. Developers say it'll be a long time before they're doing all our chores - but these exhibits demonstrate Europe's leading role in robot research and design. Joanna Partridge, Reuters
Liz Taylor couture soars to $2.6 million (USD) at auction-Thời trang cao cấp của Liz Taylor có giá $ 2,6 triệu (USD) tại cuộc đấu giá
After Tuesday's record breaking auction, Elizabeth Taylor continues to draw in global audiences. A day after some of the Hollywood icon's finest jewellery sold for $116 million (USD), items from the former actress's couture wardrobe also went under the hammer in New York to an enthusiastic response. Despite not matching the frenzy that prevailed on Tuesday, the $2.6 million (USD) sale total was still about 10 times the pre-sale estimate. One of the actress' Christian Dior evening gowns eventually sold for 70 times more the estimated price. Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie's in L.A, believes it wasn't just Taylor's star power that drove the sale. SOUNDBITE: Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie's Los Angeles, saying (English): "So to have silks and metallic threads that were still in condition as if they had been made yesterday but were actually made in the 60s and done in the 60s and hadn't faded or really been exposed to any kind of extreme elements, I think all of this -- the condition, the provenance, obviously having been worn by her, the rarity of it all, all of that combines into extraordinary prices paid. Everyone wants a piece of Elizabeth Taylor and heightened by the fact that you can buy something and walk away with something truly amazing." The evening's top lot ended up being an Andy Warhol lithograph of Taylor which fetched $662,500 (USD). The results - a testament to Taylor's iconic status, according to the auctioneer. SOUNDBITE: Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie's Los Angeles, saying (English): "I think it's also testimony to her legacy as a philanthropist, a humanitarian, an activist, an Oscar winning actor, a woman with incredible style and amazing eye for jewellery and gem stones. A businesswoman, a mother, a grandmother, a wife -- I think although that comes into play. And all of us who grew up with Elizabeth Taylor, whether it's people who would have been her peers and were children when she was a child actor in National Velvet. Or people who are just discovering her now -- when you think about it, there really isn't anyone, any celebrity, any one person now who does everything she did." Taylor died of congestive heart failure aged 79 in March this year. Items from her estate continue to go under the hammer, with a memorabilia and fine arts sale due and more online auctions of some 1,000 lower-priced items taking place as well. Kathi Urban, Reuters
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Jet-ski racer Franky Zapata shows off his latest invention: a water-powered jet-pack that promises to have extreme sports enthusiasts leaping for joy. The Flyboard allows the truly courageous to dive in and out of the water like a dolphin. They operate it by placing their feet into shoes attached to powerful jets. The jets suck ocean water through a hose attached to a jetski, before blasting it back out again. With the help of stabilising hand-guided nozzles, users can leap up to 30 feet in the air. Frenchman Zapata has already been bombarded with interest from thrill-seekers. Unfortunately, the hobby doesn't come cheap. A Flyboard will set you back almost 100,000 US dollars. But for those with money to burn, it will surely be worth taking the plunge. Jim Drury, Reuters
Colton Harris-Moore became notorious as the Barefoot Bandit during a crime spree across nine U.S. states and British Columbia in Canada. The 20-year-old gained his nickname after shoeless footprints were found at the scene of some of his crimes. On Friday his criminal career was finally at an end as he pleaded guilty to more than 30 charges at a court in Washington state. He's already admitted further offences in June when he appeared before a U.S. federal court. The high-school dropout is a self-taught pilot who made his get-away in stolen planes, cars and boats after breaking into dozens of homes. His two-year crime spree began after he escaped from a juvenile detention centre in 2008. He was captured last year in the Bahamas after crash-landing one of the planes he stole. After months of legal bargaining Harris-Moore has agreed not to profit from his crimes. He's also signed a movie deal in which 1. 3 million dollars will be used to compensate his victims. He'll be sentenced later. Paul Chapman, Reuters
Nearly 180 people lost their lives when typhoon Washi smashed into the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. It's feared the figure will rise. Some perished in landslides triggered by heavy rain. Most drowned as flash floods swept into homes while the occupants were sleeping. Many more are unaccounted for.
Unidentified villager saying (Cebuano): "We found two bodies here, and three more over there. We are still looking for the bodies in the nearby Cavaliero village." The storm was gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour. Troops and police launched an operation to recover the bodies of the casualties and evacuate people from their homes. Authorities say about 100, 000 people have been forced to flee. Some houses were completely swept away. The category 1 typhoon was expected to head out to the South China sea by Sunday. Paul Chapman, Reuters