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This small, multilingual robot is now answering travelers' quest This small, multilingual robot is now answering travelers' quest
If you’ve ever found yourself muttering about the robots who work in airport customer service, you might have a point — at least if you’re in Tokyo. Japan Airlines is currently testing a toddler-sized humanoid robot at Haneda Airport, placing it in the terminal to field travelers’ questions about flight schedules, airport amenities and weather conditions at certain destinations. The NAO robot, whi...
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The world's second biggest diamond has a new name The world's second biggest diamond has a new name
The world's second biggest diamond has a new name: "Lesedi La Rona." It means "Our Light" in Setswana, the national language of Botswana, the southern African nation where the 1,111 carat stone was found in November. Lucara (LUCRF), the Canadian company that owns the diamond, called it the biggest diamond found in more than 100 years. The discovery sent the company's shares soaring. Luc...
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Swaziland to relocate 18 elephants to U.S. zoos Swaziland to relocate 18 elephants to U.S. zoos
Swaziland's plan to relocate 18 elephants to three American zoos is sparking condemnation from some conservationists. The three male elephants and 15 females live in the Big Game Parks in the southern African nation. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved their relocation to three facilities: the Dallas Zoo, the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, and the Henry Doorly Zo...
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Hom Strom: Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice Hom Strom: Switzerland's 'Wicker Man' on Ice
Scuol is one of those perfectly preserved semi-isolated communities in the Lower Engadine valley of Switzerland, separated from Italy by a series of Dolomite peaks. Until the advent of the 19-kilometer Vereina Tunnel in 1999, the longest meter-gauge tunnel in the world, the passes to these villages were frequently unreachable in the winter. It comes as no surprise that these isolated communi...
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Comcast’s Internet is about to get a lot faster in these 5 citie Comcast’s Internet is about to get a lot faster in these 5 citie
Comcast has just released some new details about its future-ready answer to Google Fiber and Verizon FiOS. Beginning in the first half of the year, Atlanta and Nashville will be the first cities to take advantage of a new technology that enables gigabit speeds over traditional cable connections. That will be followed in the second half of the year by gigabit cable service in Chicago, Detroit an...
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Dramatic first look at world's highest, longest glass-bottom bri Dramatic first look at world's highest, longest glass-bottom bri
World's highest catwalk? Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the glass-bottom bridge will also feature the world's highest bungee jump and serve as a runway for fashion shows. Hanging above Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, it will be able to hold up to 800 people at once. Digital renderings of the bridge highlight the architectural firm's vision -- to build a glass structure that fades int...
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Angel Collinson: Skier survives unscathed after dramatic 1,000ft Angel Collinson: Skier survives unscathed after dramatic 1,000ft
Angel Collinson, a 26-year-old freeskier from Utah, was filming a movie in the Neacola Mountains, southwest of Anchorage, when she hit an icy patch and careered out of control. But despite cartwheeling down the slopes for around half a minute she escaped with nothing more than bruises and a couple of "jammed fingers." "The fall was absolutely terrifying -- without question," she said in a st...
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Google just made its Inbox app for Gmail even better Google just made its Inbox app for Gmail even better
Google's Inbox for Gmail app has always done a good job of showing you emails that are important, instead of just any old emails that arrive in your inbox. But the Inbox app gained an extra set of smarts this week with a new feature that extracts exact pieces of information from your files and displays them at the top of your Gmail search results. So if you're looking for a bill payment co...
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Los Angeles to build world's most expensive stadium complex Los Angeles to build world's most expensive stadium complex
Los Angeles will welcome the return of NFL football with the construction of a new 80,000-seat stadium complex and "NFL Disney World," expected to become the world's most expensive sports arena. The 300-acre development in Inglewood, a few miles from downtown Los Angeles, will provide a new home for the NFL's Rams franchise, whose return to their former home city was approved by league official...
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Asian stocks rally as Japan surges almost 6% Asian stocks rally as Japan surges almost 6%
TOKYO – Tokyo’s stock market gained nearly a 1,000 points on Friday, clawing back huge losses of the previous two days and ending a roller-coaster week for Asian stocks. Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed up 941.27 points, or 5.9%, on Friday at 16,958.53. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished up 72.70 points, or 5.6%, at 1374.19. The ...
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