Rise of the Animal Robots – Robot Cheetah off its leash

Look out! Autonomous, military-funded ‘cheetah’ robot is off its leash. By Lauren Said-Moorhouse, for CNN

Updated 1516 GMT (2216 HKT) June 24, 2015

(CNN)—What do you get when you combine state-of-the-art robotics and military funding? An epically cool yet slightly intimidating bouncing cheetah… obviously.

MIT researchers first made headlines with their four-legged bot last September when they announced they had designed a cheetah-inspired machine able to run and jump freely albeit “blind,” as the robot carried no cameras or additional vision equipment.

Since then they have been hard at work improving their project, in part funded by the U.S. military’s research arm the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

It can see!

Now the scientists have gone a step further with their robotic feline — it’s now able to “see” and bound over obstacles thrown into its path with ease. Don’t believe it? Check out the video above!

“A running jump is a truly dynamic behavior,” says Sangbae Kim, MIT research team leader and an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically designed for those highly dynamic behaviors.”

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Head Transplant

Will a head transplant create a new person?

Head transplant surgery is highly controversial and its feasibility has been questioned by experts.

 (CNN)—The world’s first full head transplant could take place as soon as 2017 if the controversial plans by Italian neuroscientist Dr Sergio Canavero come to pass. Wheelchair-bound Valery Spiridonov, who has the muscle-wasting Werdnig Hoffman disease, has volunteered to have his head transplanted onto a healthy body in a day-long operation.

The proposed surgery is highly controversial and its feasibility has been questioned by experts. But Dr Canavero’s plans also raise complex philosophical and ethical issues. A natural question is whether a living person with Spridinov’s head and someone else’s body would be the same person as Spridinov. In interviews, Spridinov has made it clear that he sees the proposed procedure as a way for him to live on with a new and healthy body.

A different perspective would be that Spridinov is a head-donor rather than the recipient of a new body. He is donating his head to someone else who will live the rest of his life with Spridinov’s head but won’t be the same person as Spridinov. On this account, Spridinov is signing his own death warrant by volunteering for the surgery.

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Bionic eye to ‘restore sight’, Newcastle scientists say

Bionic eye

26 February 2015 Last updated at 10:35 GMT

Scientists at a North East university are working to help “restore sight” to people who have lost their eyes.

Experts at Newcastle University are developing a microchip implant for the brain which receives signals from a camera in a bionic eye.

The technology is currently being tested and the team behind the project estimate human trials could get under way in the next 10 years, as Look North’s Sharon Barbour reports.

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A child born today may live to see humanity’s end, unless.

By David Auerbach June 18, 2015

Humans will be extinct in 100 years because the planet will be uninhabitable, according to Australian microbiologist Frank Fenner, one of the leaders of the effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He blames overcrowding, denuded resources and climate change.

Fenner’s prediction is not a sure bet, but he is correct that there is no way emissions reductions will be enough to save us from our trend toward doom. And there doesn’t seem to be any big global rush to reduce emissions, anyway. When the G7 called on Monday for all countries to reduce carbon emissions to zero in the next 85 years, the scientific reaction was unanimous: That’s far too late.

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Putin “Will add 40 missles to nuclear arsenal”

A dramatic amphibious landing a U.S. Navy hovercraft glides onto the beach, troops storm ashore and fire their weapons, this is a NATO landing exercise in Sweden, further south soldiers move through trench lines deploy from helicopters these are US and NATO troops battle testing themselves as a possible confrontation with Russia looms in Eastern Europe.

My big worry here is the possibility of accident miscalculation when you have military forces operating close proximity… The military are considering sending hundreds of tanks artillery and other weapons to Vladimir Putin’s doorstep to the Baltic nations and elsewhere in Eastern Europe official tells CNN he will be enough to outfit a brigade up to 5500 troops, the soldiers themselves won’t be permanently stationed there but the official says the equipment will be there to use in these kinds of training exercises its prompted a warning from Russia its foreign ministry saying this could slide into quote "a new military confrontation with destructive consequences". Putin has just announced he’s adding over 40 new ballistic missiles to his nuclear arsenal but the .. "if someone threatens some of our territories we will have to aim our armed forces modern attack capabilities at those territories which threaten us, what else can we do?  As both sides build up their forces it’s putting the region on edge..  ..given the temperature of Russian military operations over the last year you have more of those interactions more possibilities for things to go wrong..

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Antarctic UFO spotted ET-hunter claims to have spotted alien spaceship in the snow – or is it just a crevasse?


PUBLISHED: 02:05 EST, 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:09 EST, 16 June 2015


A UFO enthusiast claims to have found the wreckage of an alien spaceship in Antarctica.

Using Google Earth, he zoomed in on a dark area and says that the shape is a clear sign that it is a crashed UFO.

However, an expert has told MailOnline that it is just a shadow caused by a crevasse, while the blue tinge is bare ice.

The image was revealed by self-proclaimed ‘researcher of the unknown’ Valentin Degterev from the city of Nizhny Tagil in central Russia.

The satellite image was taken back in 15 February 2012, but Mr Degterev has now published it online and it has quickly gone viral on Russian social media website VK.

‘I think there is very large disc-shaped flying machine among the frozen ice,’ he claimed.


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Ghost boy seen at sunset.

Ghost boy seen roaming the streets at night.  Some people know who he is but they are afraid to tell us.  There may be some sinister reason why they won’t tell us.   Do you know who he is?

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Moon a little closer to Earth than normal

Our Moon passed a little bit closer than usual last Saturday night.  Don’t worry there is no need to be alarmed.  These events happen about once every 10,000 years.

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DARPA Robotics Challenge: Amazing Moments, Lessons Learned, and What’s Next

By Evan Ackerman and Erico Guizzo

Posted 11 Jun 2015 | 17:45 GMT

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is over. It will certainly be remembered as one of the defining robotics competitions of the decade—full of drama, hardship, and inspiration. We brought you as much of it as we could, including a detailed look at the winning robot, a fun compilation of robots falling, and our impressions of the first day of the competition. And we still have a lot more to come! But for now, to cap it all off, here are things that stood out to us about the final day of the DRC Finals, and a hint of what to look forward to in the future.

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Night Vision Bug

Bug – caught by one of my night vision security cameras.


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