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Things We Saw Today: Spinning Cake Recreates First Level of Super Mario Bros

This stop-motion animation spinning cake recreates the entire first level of Super Mario Bros–and the best part is, it’s edible. (via Gizmodo) This girl accidentally dyed herself pink by using what she thought was a Lush bath bomb. (Turns out it was an oil-based product that had to be diluted in water first.) Oops? She […]

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Tempting Fate: MIT’s Robot Cheetah Can Now Run Without Cables, Leashes, Fatigue, or Mercy

You can run, but you can't hide. Nope, you're just doomed.

Robots do amazing things for us. They take boring repetitive jobs, move heavy objects, and even snark at each other on cellphone commercials. They also do horrifying things like laser our limbs off before we can even feel it and chase us down like we're antelope on the African plains, and MIT has now enabled their Cheetah-inspired, four-legged robot to run and leap all on its own. When the Terminator comes for you, it'll need your clothes and your boots, but not your motorcycle.

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Cheetah Robot Now Capable Of Running On Its Own, Humanity Even More Doomed

Where's John Connor when you need him?

When last we saw the DARPA-funded "Cheetah" bot, it had just broken the world record for fastest robot with a 28.3 mph running speed. It was also pretty much stuck in one place at the time, which was comforting. Now Boston Dynamics has released video of "Wildcat", which is able to spring on its own without any assistance. Yeah, this will haunt our dreams tonight.

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Monday Cute: Baby Cheetah Brothers


The Dallas Zoo's new cheetah cubs will be raised as outreach animals, to visit schools to teach kids about conservatism. That means, among other things, that if this isn't cute enough for you, Winspear and Kamau will be getting a new sibling soon: a black labrador puppy named Amani.

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MIT’s Cheetah Robot Sacrifices Speed for Efficiency and Long Battery Life [Video]

Taking cues from animals when designing robots is all the rage right now, and the big cats have been a particularly popular creature among engineers. We've looked at fast models designed by DARPA and air-powered examples from Osaka University in Japan. Not to be outdone, researchers in MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Lab have been hard at work on their cheetah-bot for more than a year, but unlike other labs that are aiming to mimic the feline's famous fleetness of foot, Sangbae Kim and his team at MIT are concentrating on building a more energy-efficient robot that can go farther on less power.

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Alpha Dog Learns New Tricks, Capable of Moving Somewhat Quietly Now [Video]

Earlier this week, we shared footage of Boston Dynamics updated Cheetah prototype, but the robotics company isn't stopping there. They're apparently determined to dominate September's robot news cycle with video of the latest improvements to their DARPA funded off-roading automaton LS3 model, better known as Alpha Dog. While Cheetah is built for speed, Alpha Dog is a slower, steadier mechanical marvel, meant to trundle alongside soldiers in the field, and engineered with handling difficult terrain and carrying a heavy load of gear in mind.

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DARPA Cheetah Robot Faster Than Usain Bolt, Humanity Doomed

Earlier this year, we brought you the news that the DARPA-funded Cheetah robot, crafted by the robotics masterminds at Boston Dynamics, broke the world's land speed record for robots with an 18 mph sprint. This week, the big cat inspired automaton shattered that record, travelling at a speed-blur inducing 28.3 mph. That's not only faster than any robot has ever moved -- it's faster than the human land speed record of 27.9 mph set by Usain Bolt in 2009. That's right -- there is now a robot faster than the world's fastest human, which means it is certainly capable of chasing down any one of us. You can watch the record setting run after the jump, if you're inclined to get a sneak preview of the end of the world.

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DARPA Cheetah-bot Sets New Legged Robot Speed Record

Careful readers will notice that the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has a thing for robotic animals. While those were impressive in their own right, none of them were particularly quick off the mark -- until now. Working with Boston Dynamics, the maker of BigDog, DARPA has produced a robot called Cheetah that can run at speeds up to 18 miles per hour, completely shattering the 1989 legged robot speed record of  13.1 miles per hour.

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Can You Grab Me a Beer, Grandma? I'm Busy Playing With Knives [Video]

Submitted for your approval, a man playing with a butterfly knife in front of a picture of a cheetah, or maybe it's a leopard. He dances deftly to a kicky tune. His shirt is tucked in and his kicks are as white as the new-fallen snow when suddenly, an elderly woman appears on the scene with an ice cold brew. Who is this man? Who is this lady? Is that beer cold? Are you not phased by this at all? It could be that you are living in...

The YouTube Zone.

(via reddit)

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Surprising Happy Ending of the Day

Sometimes, but not always, when things look bad and then get worse it all works out so beautifully. (via Bits & Pieces)

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