British Couple Pay £67,000 For Two Clones of Their Dead Dog

A couple from the UK have paid a South Korean lab to clone their dog, ending up with two duplicates of the deceased canine. Richard Remde and Laura Jacques of West Yorkshire paid South Korean firm Sooam Biotech Research Foundation  £67,000 to clone their boxer Dylan, who died of a brain tumour at the age of eight, according to The Guardian.

After the couple provided DNA samples of Dylan to Sooam back in July, two clones of the dog were born to surrogate mothers just after Christmas, subsequently named Shadow and Chance by Remde and Jacques. The puppies have made history, being cloned two weeks after Dylan had died; previously, the record for cloning a dog was five days following death.

“The whole thing just feels surreal,” Jacques said. “I lost all sense of time. I have no idea how long everything took, the whole thing made me feel very disoriented. I was just clinging on to Richard for about an hour and a half after Chance was born.”

“After they got him out I still couldn’t quite believe it had happened. But once he started making noises I knew it was real. Even as a puppy of just a few minutes old I can’t believe how much he looks like Dylan. All the colourings and patterns on his body are in exactly the same places as Dylan had them,” she added. “I had had Dylan since he was a puppy. I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world.”

Sooam are considered experts at canine DNA cloning, having used its duplication methods – implanting DNA into dog ova from which the nucleus of the cell has been removed – to create over 700 dogs. While animal cloning is banned in Europe, the practice is permitted in South Korea.

Police Dog Trained to Sniff Out SD Cards and Flash Drives

As part of the investigation into Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesperson, affectionately known as “Subway Guy”, under suspicion of trafficking child pornography, federal agents used a dog trained specifically to sniff out SD cards, flash drives, and other external storage devices was employed during an 11-hour search of his home.

During the search of Fogle’s home in Zionsville, Indiana, a black Labrador named Bear assisted law enforcement with his unique nose for detachable storage devices. As Todd Jordan, Bear’s chief handler with the Tactical Detection K9 Unit, puts it, “Bear is unique because he can sniff out SD cards, thumb drives, external hard drives, iPads and micro SD cards.” Bear is one of only three dogs in the US with the ability to smell electronics. “It’s something we probably can’t smell,” Jordan adds.

The role of K9s such as Bear is becoming vital to police investigations in a digital world, with Jordan saying, “You think about investigators going into a house and trying to find a micro SD card that is as big of a finger nail. It will take investigators hours, especially if someone is trying to hide it.”

Bear can thoroughly search a room in about five minutes. Once he has found a device, he sits on it or near it to show his handler where it is, and gets a treat for every successful find. Regarding Bear’s role in the Fogle investigation, Jordan said, “Everything is still under investigation, so I’m not really allowed to talk about it.”

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Boston Dynamics’ New Robot – ‘Spot’ The Dog

Boston Dynamics, a company now owned by Google, has a new robot to join their other creepy animal-like bots. He/she/it is called Spot, just like the name you might give to a dog. Spot is much smaller compared to their other robots and it also has a body quite similar to that of a dog.

The new bot is much more nimble across rough terrain compared to its older brother, ‘BigDog’. Spot can also climb stairs and run at quite a fast pace. It’s also pretty good at taking kicks from evil humans, recovering, quite eerily, in much the same way a dog would. Well, a dog would probably try to attack back, while Spot can’t (for now, that is).

Watch the video below to see Spot alongside some of its family members, all of them in training before they take over the human race.

Source: The Verge

Disabled Dog Gets New 3D-Printed Legs

A disabled dog has been given a new lease of life, thanks to a 3D printer. Derby the dog was born with crippled front legs and abandoned at a shelter. Luckily, Derby found a loving home, and his new owner just happened to be director of a 3D printing company.

Derby previously relied on a front-mounted wheelcart, but it proved impractical. His owner, Tara Anderson, and her team at 3D Systems embarked on a mission to design and produce prosthetic attachments to help Derby run and play with other dogs.

With his new legs, Derby runs 2 to 3 miles day and is said to be happier than ever.

Source: Gawker

Newly Trained Police Dog Can Sniff Out Hard Drives and Memory

Police dogs are a common sight as part of today’s police forces. Their supremely sensitive sense of smell (which can vary between 1000 and 10,000 times that of us humans) has led them to be a valuable asset in sniffing out drugs, money and people with high degrees of accuracy.

In a new wave of combating internet based crimes, Thoreau, a golden Labrador has had 22 weeks training after which he is now able to sniff out concealed computer hard drives, flash drives and other forms of flash-based storage, all of which may be harbouring child pornography.

Last month Thoreau performed his first search warrant during which he was able to pick out a flash drive that had been concealed below four layers of clothing and then a tin box, which itself was then hidden in a metal filing cabinet. The drive that he found was discovered to be harbouring child pornography and as his handler, Detective Adam Houston told reporters, if a device has a memory card, he will be able to find it.

Although he is not able to actively find devices harbouring the indecent images amongst those that don’t, his ability to sniff out drives that are hidden in unusual places that paedophiles tend to use is the key weapon that the police need to secure the incriminating evidence.

In exchange for finding the drives, Thoreau gets some food, which in itself is the only thing that he is really interested in, finding a drive = food so it’s no wonder that he will go to all lengths to find it. The battle against child pornography just moved up to the next level for the Connecticut State Police force.

Source: Slashdot

Image courtesy: Providence Journal

Taking Your Dog For A Walk… With a Drone?

Drones are becoming more and more popular nowadays, from Amazon’s announcement of delivery drones to all sorts of drone inventions seen on the internet. Their usefulness in most cases is questionable, but people find all sort of ways to make them useful in the most creative way, such as this one apparently.

If you have a dog and cannot take him for a walk due to your daily activities, you normally hire someone to take him for a walk for you. However, if you don’t find anyone to do it, it’s not the end of the world. At least not for a videographer from New York it seems.

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Jeff Meyers apparently used an AR drone to take his golden retriever for daily walks. From what is seen in the video, the canine friend is not bothered at all and actually enjoys being outside. The drone uses cameras to track the dog’s movement and also check to see if he is ok. So far, there have been no problems and everyone is happy with this method of dog walking.

Some problems may arise along with this innovating move, such as the question of how will the drone pick up the dog’s business when he finishes. But before thinking of those things, people still need to get used to the idea of seeing a drone walking a dog first of all.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information

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“No More Woof” Hits Indiegogo, Aims To Translate Dog Thoughts Into Human Speech

We love nothing more than tech news about high end graphics cards, new processors and gaming to name but a few, but every now and then something comes along in the tech world that makes you giggle, this new piece of tech however has me laughing far more than it probably should.

The No More Woof device has just hit Indiegogo that will use a small Raspberry Pi computer, a loud speaker and EEG recorders in the form of a headset that a dog can wear. The device will then read something called “ionic current flows” in a dog’s brain and then translate it into human speech, and it will only cost $65 for a model that detects three common thoughts such as tiredness and curiosity. A more powerful model will be available that will feature more advanced software and more sensors.

Unfortunately the idea is still at a concept stage, but the general idea is pretty sound (if somewhat crazy sounding). “Yes, we HAVE achieved some results, but we are very far from a mass-producable product. That said, we believe that within a few years the technologies we are working with will revolutionize our relation to pets and animals.” reads the official crowdfunding page.

Will the product ever see the light of day? Who knows, but the idea is too funny to ignore. We’ve embedded a video below of how we hope it turns out.

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