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Astonishing video captures moment family cat saves boy from dog attack

Whilst I own the world's most selfish cat, whose sole concern in life is the free-flow of the premium cat food she's become accustomed to, across the world a young Californian boy has been rescued by the family feline, in a selfless and protective act that's been captured on security videos and uploaded to YouTube.

 

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In the silent video embedded below, a young boy can be seen riding his bicycle in the driveway of the family's home in Bakersfield, California when a dog runs at him, latching his jaw on the boy's leg, before the cat barrels itself at the dog running it away from its victim.

 

 

The video, uploaded by ABC news in Bakersfield has received much media attention and has attracted 136,000 views at the time of print.

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17 million year old sperm has been found in Australia

Scientists have found what they are calling the world's oldest, and best-preserved sperm. The ejaculate has been dated back some 17 million years, with the sperm found in Australia.

 

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The scientists report that the sperm is from an ancient species of tiny shrimp, discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site, which is found in far north Queensland. This is the same spot that other extraordinary prehistoric Australian animals have been found. Mike Archer, from the University of New South Wales School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, said that the sperm found was an exciting find - considering he had been excavating at Riversleigh for 35 years.

 

Archer said: "These are the oldest fossilised sperm ever found in the geological record. We have become used to delightfully unexpected surprises in what turns up there. But the discovery of fossil sperm, complete with sperm nuclei, was totally unexpected. It now makes us wonder what other types of extraordinary preservation await discovery in these deposits".

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Road rage leads to felony assault charges for Silicon Valley exec

Iron Data founder Jeffrey Smock has been charged with felony assault and will be arranged on May 16, following an arrest after a road rage incident. Smock allegedly was the aggressor following an incident where he accused a driver of mistakenly hitting him with the truck's side mirror - and then promptly beat the driver unconscious.

 

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A motorcycle officer heard vehicle horns and yelling, then arrived at the scene to find Smock standing near someone "lying in the street with blood on his face and on the ground near him." The driver was hospitalized with "serious injuries," but was released shortly after the incident.

 

Unfortunately, it's not uncommon to hear about road rage incidents between drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists - with unsafe behaviors exhibited by each group at varying times. Share the road and keep everyone safe, folks.

Brazilian police officer's Nokia 520 smartphone stops a bullet

Being a police officer is a dangerous job no matter what country you live in. Criminals often try and shoot officers as a last resort to get out of being captured and carted off to jail. One Brazilian military police officer was recently involved in a shooting and the officer's smartphone may have saved his life.

 

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The officer had a Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone in his pocket and the budget smartphone caught a bullet possibly saving the officers life when he was shot. The smartphone was in the officers back pocket as he was reportedly taking the uniform to his mother to be washed.

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Mashed up superhero action figure needs its own comic book

I've never been into reading comic books, but growing up I loved the cartoons of superheroes from the Marvel and DC universe. If this superhero had a comic book, I would totally read it. The toy was created by someone with more time on their hands than most of us have.

 

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It has the face of Tony Stark, Ironman for the less geeky out there. It wears the costume of Superman, has Captain America's shield, and Wolverine claws. The problem I see is nothing can pierce the skin of Superman in his normal state, so would Wolverine claws even come out?

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Google Glass is the victim of parody in FirstBank's new commercial

Google Glass is getting more and more attention around the world, so much so that it is already half a mainstream product, without even reaching consumers just yet. Well, FirstBank, a Colorado-based company, has used made a parody out of wearable computing, taking a swipe at Glass in its latest commercial.

 

 

TDA_Boulder, a local advertising company, made the commercial, taking you into the home of a family that is well and truly addicted to technology. The video sees each and every family member using the wearable device for something different, with hilarious results.

 

As someone who uses Glass, it definitely isn't like this. In fact, it's less obtrusive socially, as I'm not pulling my smartphone out to take my entire concentration off of the person, or people in front of me - a quick glance up to check e-mail or a message, and back down again.

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Iron Data founder arrested after road rage incident in California

Jeffrey Smock, founder and former Iron Data, was recently arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following a road rage incident. Smock was out cycling and allegedly became engaged in a physical altercation with a driver, and he reportedly attacked the vehicle driver during an incident on April 16.

 

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"Some were concerned this person might be beaten to the point of death," said Ken Dunken, Mill Valley Police Department Lieutenant, in a statement to local media. "Many of them were very shook up. We have not sent the case up there yet as we're trying to make the report more complete."

 

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a major lack of respect between drivers and cyclists - and stories like this one are all too common. However, it rarely leads to serious physical violence, especially in which one party ends up in the emergency room. Smock will likely face felony charges, though is out on bail from the Marin County Jail.

Vladimir Putin says that the Internet is a 'CIA project'

While speaking at the media forum in St Petersburg yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Internet was one big "CIA project" and "is still developing as such".

 

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After his remarks, Russia's biggest search engine, Yandex, saw its share price drop drastically. The Kremlim has been trying to grab more control over the Internet, as opposition activists have used to promote their ideas and organize various protests. Putin touched on Google, saying that information "all goes through servers that are in the States, everything is monitored there".

 

There have been conspiracy theories for as long as I remember that the Internet was a big CIA project, and that Mark Zuckerberg was a CIA agent. This is why Facebook has become so big so quickly, because the US spy agencies instead of having to require a subpoena or similar to get information on someone - people just hand it up on a silver platter through the social network now.

Call of Duty gamer loses a game online, calls SWAT team on his enemy

The NYPD had quite the case recently, where they took to a gamers house with helicopters, emergency vehicles, and countless police officers as they thought a murder had taken place. But, nothing of the sort happened - at least not in the real-world.

 

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A prank caller called the cops over Skype, saying that he was Rafael Castillo, 17, from Long Beach, saying "I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people". Castillo was a real person, except that he was playing Call of Duty - Castillo's brother, Jose, told The Post: "Some guy threatened to swat him. He was pissed that he had lost".

 

Castillo's online foe had lost to him, so he called the cops on him which lead to a two-hour standoff with police officers. The authorities had helicopters flying in the air, with over 60 officers rushing to his house. This even included members of the Nassau County's special operations unit. Once the authorities arrived at Castillo's house, his mother was in the kitchen, where Jose adds: "I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn't know what was going on".

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Walking Dead Daryl Dixon action figure has a crossbow and more

If you are a fan of the series The Walking Dead, you will know who Daryl Dixon is. Dixon is one of the bad asses on the show and is mostly known for riding around on a motorcycle and for using a cross bow to kill Walkers. Big fans of the show that like action figures will want to check this out.

 

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An action figure of Dixon has turned up on ThinkGeek that you can buy now. It sells for $34.99 and is more of a collectable than a toy for kids. That doesn't mean you can't play with the action figure though. It is 5-inches tall and has 20 points of articulation.

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