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Four-legged robot that runs like a cat unveiled in Switzerland

Swiss researchers said Monday they have created a small four-legged, high-speed robot that runs like a cat in a bid to create a new breed of robots for use in search and rescue operations. Researchers added that the “cheetah-cub robot,” the size of a small house cat or cheetah cub,…

IRS official worried targeting tea party groups would be perceived to have ‘some bias’

By Kim Dixon and Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters) – Internal Revenue Service employees in Ohio, who singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny, likely did not consider the political implications, an IRS official in Washington has told congressional investigators. Providing additional details about the worst crisis to…

Cancer breakthroughs clear way for drugs that block tumor growth

A series of cancer breakthroughs in the last week have stunned the medical world and cleared the way for development of drugs that stop cancerous growths in their tracks and prevent them from spreading, giving hope to millions of people around the world suffering from the disease in all its…

50 years after Supreme Court banned school-sponsored prayer, students still pray

School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever (via The Christian Science Monitor) At the adolescent-unfriendly hour of 7:10 on this rainy spring morning in tiny Loachapoka, Ala., classes won’t start for another half hour in the public school. But already the science lab…

Antarctic could become home to world’s largest marine sanctuary

Proposals will go before a commission next month to help protect thousands of species in Antarctic waters An extraordinarily big thing might happen in the world of marine conservation next month at a meeting in Germany of a little known international commission. And while you probably haven’t read much about…

Ex-Cold War spy turned ‘savant’ artist makes incredibly mathematical art

Cold War spy, homeless dropout and semi-professional gambler, the autistic savant George Widener is now an internationally renowned artist. All through his life George Widener has been fascinated with calendars. “Other kids lined toys up in a row,” he said. “I lined up dates.” Yet his fixation with calendars has…

Watching ‘Hugo’ in 3-D dramatically improves man’s depth perception

Professor of ophthalmology sees in greater depth after watching Martin Scorsese’s Hugo in 3D A university professor who has struggled with depth perception since birth says his vision has dramatically improved after watching 3D movies. Bruce Bridgeman, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, lived with…

Zimmerman jury selection enters its second week

By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – As jury selection in the murder trial of Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman resumes on Monday for a second week, security at the courthouse is tight, despite dwindling public interest in the painstakingly slow search for a panel of unbiased jurors. Attention may…

Detainees’ defense lawyers want Red Cross’ secret Guantanamo files

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Lawyers for five prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks in 2001 have asked to see confidential reports made by representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross who visited the defendants at the Guantanamo detention camp.…

UK and Ecuador fail to resolve deadlock over Assange’s extradition

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and his Ecuadoran counterpart Ricardo Patino failed to resolve the deadlock over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in talks on Monday, officials said. The Foreign Office said there was “no breakthrough” on what to do about the Australian, who has been living at the Ecuadoran embassy…

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