Advanced Acrobatic Robot

This is the advanced robot with an acrobatic repertoire of 75 moves that include somersaults, backflips, and playing an air guitar solo. With a 60 MHz microcontroller, the robot has 17 servos that work in unison with an included gyro sensor and accelerometer to maintain balance and stability while providing lightning-quick movements that suggest humanoid sentience, commanded by an included wireless gamepad remote control. The points of articulation in its neck, arms, hands, legs, and feet are so precise that the robot can be commanded to pick up and hold objects with its hands, feign a soccer kick, or punch the air as if it were performing a martial arts kata-it can even bow to its audience after a performance. Each action is accompanied by sound effect from its 1-watt speaker. Operates for up to 40 minutes from a three-hour charge of its built-in battery using the included AC adapter. A lightweight, precision-machined aluminum composite frame and injection-molded plastic covering provides a strong frame and exoskeleton.” w/ photo

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Woman Assaulted With Macaroni Grease

Austin police in Central Texas said a woman is recovering from burns on her chest after a female friend threw macaroni grease and a frying pan full of green beans at her during a fight… Police went to the home in response to a domestic violence call. Amanda Chapman, 24, is now facing third-degree assault with injury charges. Police said Chapman attacked a female friend she was living with while her baby watched. According to a police affidavit, the baby was crying and the victim allegedly told Chapman to give the baby his medication. At that point, Chapman became enraged about being told what to do, charged at her roommate and then punched her in the head, according to police.” w/ photo

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Thieves Break Into Prison To Steal Cigarettes

Thieves broke into a prison to steal cigarettes worth $10,652, climbing a fence and evading officers to swipe the cases of tobacco from a workshop in the jail, near Preston. Dozens of inmates work in the DHL workshop at Kirkham Prison, a Category D open jail, which is used by the courier firm to store supplies for other units… ‘One theory is it was an inside job. At night security is pretty non-existent. There are not enough prison ¬≠officers to check the whole ¬≠perimeter.’ Staff at the jail in Lancashire are now examining CCTV footage in an effort to identify the ciggie-stealing culprits.” w/ photos

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Top 9 Dying Occupations Thanks To Technology

“Many jobs are in industries where technological advancement has already caused major reductions in the workforce. Now, further contraction is expected in those same industries as workers who were trained to oversee the machines are themselves replaced by new machines and software that manage the old machines. For example, more than 50,000 postal workers formerly assigned to oversee the mail sorting machines will lose their jobs as newer automated machines are implemented… Not just technology is causing job losses. Changing trends in personal preferences and business practices are also affecting people’s livelihoods. Less people wear watches and use film-loaded cameras, and so hundreds of repair-persons in both fields will lose their jobs due to lack of demand. In some cases, these industries are essentially dying, losing 30 to 40 percent of their workforces in the process. The Postal Service and the publishing industry are being killed by the Internet. Soon, they will lose hundreds of thousands of additional jobs as they continue to shrink.” w/ photos

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