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DARPA’s ‘robot cheetah’ breaks speed record

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on Monday announced that they had set a new speed record for legged robots. A press advisory from DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) project said that their so-called “Cheetah” had reached speeds of up to 18 miles per hour on a…

Pat Robertson: Tornadoes wouldn’t happen if enough people prayed

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday tried to deflect the blame for tornadoes away from God, saying people shouldn’t build houses in the Midwest and could prevent the deadly storms by praying. “God doesn’t send tornadoes to hurt people,” he said. “We call them acts of God, but they’re not. All…

U.S. officials: Stuxnet launched the next generation of warfare

In a fascinating segment Sunday night, CBS News’s 60 Minutes delved into the creation of the Stuxnet worm, a revolutionary piece of software that has given Iran’s nuclear program fits for years now. But it’s not just Iranian scientists who are now watchful for software attacks more sophisticated than anything…

NASA’s robotic Project Morpheus aims for the Moon

As budgets for space exploration grow ever-tighter, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has high hopes for a robotic space vehicle that will be much cheaper than its predecessors, not to mention more environmentally friendly. Project Morpheus is constructing a lunar landing craft that uses an innovative fuel which combines…

Karen Handel: Planned Parenthood ‘orchestrated attack’ on Komen charity

Karen Handel, the former senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, accused Planned Parenthood of extortion during an appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network. The charity faced a public backlash after the Associated Press learned that it was halting their partnership with Planned Parenthood…

WATCH: Video of the Japanese ‘Speech-Jammer’ gun in action

Japanese researchers have created a “gun” that enables its user to silence the speech of other people. The device uses a unidirectional microphone to record the speaker’s voice, then play it back to them at a delay of hundredths of a millisecond. The wash of verbiage disrupts the concentration of…

Watch: Storms wreak havoc across US midsection

As more than six dozen tornadoes ripped through the central United States on Friday afternoon, reports came in of at least eleven deaths, while the town of Marysville, Indiana was described by a local sheriff as simply “gone.” In Henryville, Indiana, the local high school was seriously damaged, but the…

Tennessee principal resigns after saying LGBT students ‘going to hell’

A principle in West Tennessee has resigned after allegedly threatening to expel LGBT students. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday said it sent a letter to the Haywood County school district superintendent because several students complained that Haywood High School Principal Dorothy Bond had threatened to expel them…

Heckler interrupts Obama: ‘No war with Iran!’

While speaking at a fundraising event on Thursday, President Barack Obama was briefly interrupted by a supporter who urged him not to go to war with Iran. “We promoted human rights,” Obama said. “We made it clear that America is a Pacific power. We demonstrated that if countries like Burma…

Flying autonomous robots perform James Bond theme

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed flying robots — called quadrotors — that can autonomously perform a number of tasks, including using instruments to perform the James Bond theme song. The quadrotors were programed to play the instruments and are not remote controlled. “In…

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