Movie mad film student Tyler Clites aka Legohaulic creates Hollywood heroes in Lego form.
The 21-year old sci-fi fan from Florida says they take between 10 and 30 hours to build, with him frequently adapting the pieces painting them by hand.
Tyler says: "When I build, I usually have an idea or vision in mind and allow the creation to take shape from there. Occasionally though I will sit down and sketch out my ideas to get a clearer vision of what I want to build."
The Kennel Club said it registered a total of 45,233 Labrador puppies in 2008, more than double their nearest rival.
The breed overtook the German shepherd as the UK's most popular breed in 1989.
Further down the list, the biggest increases in individual breed numbers came in French Bulldogs and Smooth-Coated Chihuahuas, both of which saw 49 per cent rises in their registration numbers last year.
Despite the financial uncertainty across the UK, enthusiasm for pedigree dogs has shown no sign of diminishing.
Registrations of pedigree dogs rose by 0.4 per cent over the year, with the Kennel Club registering 271,719 dogs in 2008, an increase of more than 1,000 dogs from the previous year.
The figures come a few weeks after the Kennel Club announced it would be making changes to the rules for breeding pedigree dogs for competition after a BBC documentary sparked controversy about the animals' welfare.
Claims that the some owners were encouraging unhealthy breeding techniques to make their animals more competitive led to the corporation pulling out of screening Crufts for the first time in 40 years.
Cult comedy Red Dwarf is returning to TV, 21 years after its initial launch.
The show has been resurrected by digital channel Dave for a two-part Easter weekend special, which sees the cast finally return to Earth.
Set three million years into the future, the show followed the exploits of Dave Lister, slovenly crew member of the mining ship Red Dwarf - and the last man in the universe.
He was joined in his weekly attempts to make it back to Earth by a cast of oddballs including human hologram Arnold Rimmer, mechanoid servant Kryten and Cat - a preening half-man, half-animal who evolved from the ship's cat.
The new two-part series "Red Dwarf: Back to Earth" will be followed by a "no holds barred" episode without sets, special effects or autocue.
The weekend will climax with "Red Dwarf: the Making of Back to Earth", a behind-the-scenes special from the new episodes.
Sorry to tell you this, guys at Microsoft, but I for one will not be switching back to IE.
The US software giant says the new IE 8 is faster, easier to use and more secure than its competitors.
Well, it might be all of that but I'll stick with Firefox for the simple reason that it's miles better!
I'll give you an example: I posted a few embedded YouTube video links onto my Toyah page and in IE all of the sidebar info got pushed to the bottom of the page as per usual when there's something a bit "wider" in the main bit of the page.
In Firefox no problems.
But of course I had to get rid of the embedded links and use a still picture and "normal" links so I could get the page to work so that IE users wouldn't think "where's all the rest of it?"
So until you fix simple problems like that I'm afraid you're going to loose users daily.
Staff at the zoo have seen the 11-year-old become a surprise hit with visitors at the park due to his unusual phobia.
The Humboldt penguin was born smaller than his arctic brothers and sisters and has had moulting problems since birth which make the water 'a bit too cold for him', staff say.
Adam Stevenson, assistant bird keeper at the park, said: "He came from Chester Zoo in the spring time and there's 24 of them there all together. He's malted quite badly and lost a lot more feathers than some of his friends."
"It's a bit too cold for him in the water, so he spends all his time on the rocks just walking around. It's a bit of a pain having to go over especially to him to feed him because he won't go in the water, but he's a real character and everyone at the zoo loves him."
Keepers at the park have to force Kentucky to dip into the water a couple of times a day to keep his feathers clean - and have even been reduced to pouring water on him.
Park trustee, Tina Mycock, said: "People have come to the park to see him and have been saying they think he's allergic to water, which he isn't – he just prefers to sit on his rock whereas the others will just jump in. He has become very very popular and has caused quite a stir with the visitors."
Zoe Christie, 21, (below with Boris and his owner John)was found with severe hypothermia in a field near Ottery St Mary, Devon, by John Richards and his boxer dog Boris.
Miss Christie, 21, who lives in nearby Newton Poppleford, was so severely ill doctors told her father he may have to formally identify her body.
Medics battled to revive her and she spent two weeks in intensive care. Now a care assistant, Miss Christie is marrying her fiance Chris, 25, in October.
She said: "John and his wife Sheila are first on the reception list when wecome back to England from our wedding in Turkey. They will be our guests of honour - and I would love Boris to be there too."
Mr Richards said: "I had walked past Zoe but Boris found her and wouldn't come so I turned round and went back." Believing he had found a dead body, he called the emergency services, only for a Devon and Cornwall police officer to find a slight pulse.
Her heart stopped as the helicopter flew to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where she had to have her blood re-circulated.
Miss Christie's father Trevor, 40, of Yonder Street, Ottery St Mary, said: "We never thought we would see the day. She owes her life to that dog and his persistence."
Ilham Anas from Jakarta is in great demand because of his resemblance to the new US President.
The 34 year old "shy" photographer is already a celebrity in in his home town, where Mr Obama once lived, but his fame is spreading.
He has appeared on Indonesia's premier TV talk show, done an advertisement as Mr Obama, and received other marketing offers from companies in the region.
The real Barack Obama went to school in Jakarta in the late 1960s, when his classmates knew him as Barry.
Mr Anas said: "I was in the airport in Malaysia in transit and a man approached me and asked: 'Are you Obama?'. I will take all the opportunities that come my way, as long as they don't violate ethical codes and my personal values."
And he admits that all the attention has given him something of a boost. "I'm actually a shy person. I don't like being put in the spotlight.
Let's just hope the White House doesn't ever have to ask Ilham to be the "president" ala Kevin Kline in "Dave"!
They finally came up with a solution by importing a black squirrel from the USA. Genetic markers were taken and compared with a British black and the result was proof that the squirrels are descendents of American blacks which have escaped from zoos.
It seems possible now that the grey squirrel has had its day and that black squirrels could become the dominant species across the UK.
Over a thousand figures and hundreds of thousands of bricks have been used to create the scene as Lego designers have imagined it.
Obama's wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, with onlookers including outgoing George W Bush, Hillary and Bill Clinton plus Oprah Winfrey amonst dozens of other famous faces are depicted as he takes the presidential oath on the steps of the Capitol.
Here's an amazing photo of the actual thing from the air.
An estimated 2 million people gathered at the National Mall to witness this historic occasion beating the previous attendance records: George W. Bush drew 400,000 in 2005 and Bill Clinton 800,000 in 1993. The record crowd before Obama was 1.2 million in 1965 for Lyndon Johnson's big day.
I've been a huge fan of an Irish band called Silent Running since 1984 and had three of their albums on vinyl.
Over the years they've vanished somewhere during my travels but then I discovered I've got the first two on home-made tapes which I've now managed to convert into mp3 files whith my favourite cadget bought last summer.
The album I was missing was the third outing from 1989 called "Deep" which I managed to buy from ebay couple of days ago in a cassette form for a few quid and have just converted.
They do have a fourth album "No Way To Get Out" (1996) which I've never even seen let alone heard so if someone out there has it, even a tape, give me a shout! I'd love to a have a copy of it!
My favourite is the second album "Walk On Fire", which doesn't have a poor track on it. I love the "big" sound ala Simple Minds. I think Silent Running never managed to get the attention they truly deserved. Superb!
Check out these amazing photos by Kenneth Libbrecht, a Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology.
He's spent the last 11 years catching and photographing these one-off works of nature's art.
Building the specially designed SnowMaster 9000, a microscope and Nikon D1X digital camera contained in a heated enclosure (below), he has been able to get the close-up images.
Showcased in his latest book, Snowflakes, these amazingly detailed images show the unique crystal formation of snowflakes. To highlight the dimensions and qualities, Kenneth uses illumination techniques, from a variety of colour filters for different effects.
"Snow crystals are made of ice, which is clear and colourless," he says, "I like to illuminate the crystals with coloured lights from behind."
Please click on the image to view a larger version.
Snowflakes form when a cloud droplet first freezes into a tiny particle of ice. As water vapour starts condensing on its surface, the ice particle quickly develops facets, which form into different shaped snowflakes depending on temperature.
While scientists' opinions differ on the classifications of snowflakes, Kenneth has identified 35 different types of formations.
In Japan the economic situation has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent months but they like to use their money still to have fun.
Lola - or Rora - to give her a slightly more Japanese pronunciation - is a beauty and she knows it.
Customers pay by the hour for her company. Usually they just want to stroke her, but as a special treat for favoured clients, she will lie back in a chair, close her eyes and pose for photographs.
Lola is a Persian cat who works at the Ja La La Cafe in Tokyo's bustling Akihabara district. It is one of a growing number of Cat Cafes in the city which provide visitors with short but intimate encounters with professional pets.
There are 12 furry friends to choose from. It costs about £8 ($10) an hour to spend time in a Cat Cafe. If felines do not appeal, other establishments will rent you a rabbit, a ferret or even a beetle.
There are more than 150 companies in Tokyo which are licensed to hire out animals of various kinds and although beetles may be cheap, dogs are much more popular.
Crisps that taste of chilli and chocolate, onion bhaji and even Cajun squirrel will be unleashed on the public today as part of a competition to find a new flavour.
Walkers launched its Do Us A Flavour campaign last July, challenging members of the public to think up a unique flavour of crisp.
Fish and chips, crispy duck and hoi sin, and builder's breakfast have also made the finals of the public search.
Chef Heston Blumenthal and a judging panel picked the top six entries from more than one million, and Walkers turned the ideas into reality.
The crisps can be bought from all supermarkets from today until May. Blumenthal said: "The complexities of flavour fascinate me and to watch the British public get so excited about taste has been absolutely inspiring."
"We've had an incredible response and sifting through the entries has been quite incredible. I can't wait to see which on the public choose as their winner!"
Now the same team are back but this time they've gone Victorian.
I watched the first episode last night and the new 6 part series promises to be very interesting.
The series follows the team, historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn (above), as they live the life of Victorian farmers for a year.
Wearing period clothes and using only the materials that would have been available in 1885, they are going back in time to relive the day-to-day life of a working farm.
The project is based on the Acton Scott estate in Shropshire - world frozen in time, lost in Victorian rural England. Its buildings and grounds are cluttered with antique tools and machinery collected by the Acton family who have lived on the estate since the 12th century.
Working for a full calendar year, Ruth, Alex and Peter are rediscovering a lost world of skills, crafts and knowledge assisted by an ever-dwindling band of experts who keep Victorian rural practices alive.
In the first episode the team move into a Victorian smallholding that has not been used in nearly half a century.
Their first task is the restoration of the cottage. As incoming tenants, they also help thresh the previous summer's wheat crop, their first experience of steam-powered machinery.
Alex attempts to sow a wheat crop using horse-power. Ruth and Peter install a new range in the cottage and take a trip to the canal to get coal.
Alex and Peter turn their hand to making apple cider. Ruth explores the challenges of Victorian cooking by making preserves ready for winter and cooks her first meal, a leg of mutton, on the range.
And the team must learn shepherding skills the hard way as the first livestock arrive on the farm -10 Shropshire ewes, one of which quickly disappears into a nearby field to join another flock.
The official book to accompany the series is also out now.
KB has been a fan of Gilmore Girls for years and now that E4 started the series from the very beginnig I decided to give it ago.
Two episodes in...I'm hooked!
It's well written, witty, fast-paced and competently acted. It's full of laugh-out-one liners like "Gnome kicking says a lot about a man's character" by the girls neighbour Babette in the second episode.
One of favourite characters so far is Michel played by Yanic Truesdale. Almost every line he utters has me in stitches!
This year is the 60th anniversary of the birth of Murphy's Law
"If anything can go wrong, it will".
It was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1949.
The test was designed to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash.
One day, after finding that a transducer was wired wrong, he cursed the technician responsible and said, "If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it."
The contractor's project manager kept a list of "laws" and added this one, which he called Murphy's Law.
Actually, what he did was take an old law that had been around for years in a more basic form and give it a name.
Shortly afterwards, the Air Force doctor Dr. John Paul Stapp, who rode a sled on the deceleration track to a stop, pulling 40 Gs, gave a press conference. He said that their good safety record on the project was due to a firm belief in Murphy's Law and in the necessity to try and circumvent it.
Aerospace manufacturers picked it up and used it widely in their ads during the next few months, and soon it was being quoted in many news and magazine articles. Murphy's Law was born.
Yet he inspired one of the most colourful, amusing and unforgettable styles of fashion ever known - the Hawaiian shirt.
Sadly the pioneering textile manufacturer has died at age 86, his family have confirmed.
After World War II, many tourists from the US to Hawaii began to bring home colorful but cheesy looking shirts and sundresses that would be cause for much amusement among friends.
Shaheen began to change that in 1948 when he opened Shaheen's of Honolulu and began designing, printing and producing "aloha" shirts, dresses and other ready-to-wear clothing of better quality. Among those seen in Shaheen-designed shirts of that era was Elvis Presley, who wore one for the cover of his 1961 soundtrack album "Blue Hawaii." Such Shaheen originals now sell for more than £500.
"Before Shaheen came along, there was no Hawaii garment industry. There were mom and pop stores but no real modern industry," Linda Arthur, a professor of textiles and clothing at Washington State University said.
By 1959, the year Hawaii became a state, he had more than 400 employees working for him and was grossing more than $4 million a year as the major player in the islands' garment industry.
Leaning a new language is probably one the most popular New Years resultions.
If you're thinking of taking up such a challenge, why not get your inspiration from Ziad Fazah, the world's greatest polyglot (living linguist).
The 55 year old Lebanese has at least some notions of almost 60 languages. He does not use all of his languages on a regular basis.
As can be expected, his fluency is higher in certain languages that he has more contact with (Portuguese, Arabic, German, French, English, Spanish, etc.) and limited in languages that he has hardly spoken in years (Cambodian, Dzongkha, Finnish, etc).
Before being submitted to a televised language test he asks to be told which languages he will be required to speak and the general topics to be discussed.
After about a week of preparation Fazah feels confident speaking in any of his languages.
The little puss we've been looking after since last week was suppose to go to her new temporary home yesterday but since we're going to the vet with one of our own cats Millie on Wednesday anyway we thought we'll take her then.
She's going to a foster home in Mitcham via the vet and from there to a permanent home once a suitable new owner has been found.
She's been the perfect house guest, no fuss, no trouble.
She loves to play with toys and loves ham! She likes cuddles and being brushed too. I'd still like to keep her myself but best let to her go now before I get too attached!
EDIT 11.3.09: We found out today that Iddy is now called "Chocolate" and she went to a family with two kids. I'm so pleased! That was the main thing - to find her a good home.