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Sucking robot arm wins Amazon Picking Challenge Sucking robot arm wins Amazon Picking Challenge
A robotic arm that combines a suction cup, a "two-fingered" gripper and a 3D depth-sensing camera has won Amazon's latest warehouse bot competition. Team Delft's machine triumphed over its rivals at both of the two tasks. One involved selecting products from a container, picking them up and putting them on a shelf. The other was doing the actions in reverse. Amazon already uses robots to ...
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Los Angeles glass slide opens 1,000ft up skyscraper Los Angeles glass slide opens 1,000ft up skyscraper
A glass slide fixed 1,000ft (305m) along the outside of a skyscraper in Los Angeles opens to the public on Saturday. The Skyslide spans 45 ft from the 70th to the 69th floor of the US Bank Tower in the city. Despite being made of glass just one inch thick, it is built to withstand hurricane-force winds and earthquakes. Tickets cost $25 (£18) each. It is part of the Skyspace renovation tha...
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What is banned on Facebook What is banned on Facebook
Earlier this week, the murder of a 28-year-old Chicago man was captured live on Facebook. One minute the man was hanging out with friends and livestreaming on Facebook. The next, there are sounds of gunshots and screaming. He was shot Wednesday night, and yet Facebook hasn't pulled the video from its platform, which begs the question: Why not? According to Facebook, the video doesn't violate...
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Caribbean horseback rides take you off the beach and into the wa Caribbean horseback rides take you off the beach and into the wa
The simple act of getting up on a horse has some magic to it. British author Pam Brown described the feeling with grace when she wrote, "A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves — strong, powerful, beautiful — and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” All true enough: Make that a horseback ride saddle-deep through the blue Caribbean Sea and you...
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Inside the largest cruise ship ever built Inside the largest cruise ship ever built
SOUTHAMPTON, England — Eager for a look inside the largest cruise ship ever built? USA TODAY Travel today is getting exclusive access to Royal Caribbean's soon-to-debut, 226,963-ton Harmony of the Seas in advance of its maiden voyage, and we're posting our first photos of the vessel in the carousel above and at our Twitter page and Facebook page. Harmony is built on the same platform as Royal C...
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South Asian Americans could tip the U.S. presidential election South Asian Americans could tip the U.S. presidential election
By Annette Birch The growing population of South Asian Americans could hold the key to who will become president in November as they represent a growing part of voters in the United States. However, they have previously not attracted much attention from the political parties and in the 2012 election, only 10 percent were contacted by the political parties, according to Asian & Pacific Islander ...
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How many flights cross the USA in a day? How many flights cross the USA in a day?
How many flights are in the air over the USA at a given time? At this moment, there's a strong possibility that we're all currently standing, sitting or working underneath a number of airplanes en route to their destinations. FlightRadar24 has released a fascinating 60-second clip that shows 24 hours of flight activity over the United States. Each tiny plane shown in the video represents a real...
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Under London’s streets lies a hidden gold mine. Under London’s streets lies a hidden gold mine.
It stretches across more than 300,000 square feet under the City, the finance quarter in the heart of Britain’s capital. There, beneath the pavement and commuters of Threadneedle Street, lies a maze of eight Bank of England gold vaults – each stacked with gold bars worth a total sum of around £141 billion ($200 billion). The bars sit on rows of blue numbered shelves. Every bar weighs precisely ...
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Army approves first 22 female officers for ground combat jobs Army approves first 22 female officers for ground combat jobs
WASHINGTON — The Army announced Friday the first 22 women to be commissioned as infantry and armor officers under new rules that open all ground combat jobs to females this year. The move is a major step toward integrating women into so-called ground combat jobs, placing them in leadership roles in occupations that were never open to them. The 22 women are near completion of their officer tr...
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800-pound alligator killed in Florida 800-pound alligator killed in Florida
VENUS, Fla. -- An 800-pound alligator known for eating local cattle was caught at Florida-based Outwest Farms Inc. earlier this week, WPEC-TV reported. In an April 2 Facebook post, the nearly 15-foot alligator is shown hanging from a John Deere bulldozer. The alligator was harvested during "a guided gator hunt" on the farm. According to WPEC, Okechobee resident Lee Lightsey was responsible f...
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