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Steelers looked ahead, now have long wait for 2018 season

Steelers looked ahead, now have long wait for 2018 season

Sports
The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking past the Jacksonville Jaguars and ahead to the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. Now they have all offseason to look ahead to the 2018 season. Looking back, it's inexplicable how Steelers players felt the freedom to openly talk about a rematch with the Patriots when a team like the Jaguars was coming to town for a playoff game. The Steelers lost to the Jaguars by 21 points during the regular season. That should have been enough reason for the players to keep their mouths shut before the game. But they talked about playing the Patriots again and gave the Jaguars even more motivation. Changes are coming to the Steelers as a result. The makeup of this roster won't be the same next season. It never is. The coaching staff will change, too. Offensiv...
No long walks and cleanup required for Sony's new robot dog

No long walks and cleanup required for Sony's new robot dog

Technology
Man’s best friend has just become more bionic. Sony unveiled Monday the new “aibo” autonomous entertainment robot that “brings fun and joy to the entire family,” Sony President and COO Mike Fasulo told ABC News. “We were thinking companions, we were thinking how do you take on artificial intelligence and bring emotion to people’s lives,” Fasulo said. “Look at them, they’re adorable!” The robotic dog can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing love and affection. No cleanup required. Besides its adorable appearance, the robotic dog possesses a natural curiosity, vibrant movements and a responsiveness to its owner. It will even develop its own unique personality through everyday interactions as it grows closer and closer to its owners. And just like a real li
Buying a home: How long does it take to save a deposit?

Buying a home: How long does it take to save a deposit?

Business
Potential first-time buyers must typically save for eight years to afford a deposit to buy a home, data suggests.A typical 20% deposit in London is now more than £80,000, according to the Nationwide Building Society.Elsewhere in the UK, the average deposit could be closer to £20,000, the lender said.The squeeze on wages and low interest rates makes it more difficult to raise the money than a decade ago.The Nationwide, which calculated that house prices rose by 2.6% in 2017, analysed its mortgage data for the cost of the typical first-time buyer's house purchase in each region, and from this derived how much a 20% deposit would be.The £80,000-plus cost in London is about £30,000 higher than a decade ago. In other regions, such as the Midlands and northern England, deposit requirements are s
The best science long reads of 2017 (part two)

The best science long reads of 2017 (part two)

Science
From investigating the songbird trade in South-East Asia to hanging out with a man who keeps some very poisonous company, here's a second festive selection of the best science and environment long reads this year. You can read part one here.Sold for a song. By Victoria GillLush green blankets of vegetation drape over Java's steep mountains. But these dense rain forests - on Indonesia's most crowded island - are rapidly falling silent. Songbirds that used to give the mountains a unique melody are being caught and sold.Read the featureWeather forecasting's post-1987 revolution. By David ShukmanOn 15 October 1987, a BBC weather forecast, drawing on Met Office guidance, dismissed any suggestion that Britain might be hit by a hurricane. That night, the country was battered by high winds, leavin...
New long range drones expected in 2018

New long range drones expected in 2018

Business
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Tuesday that the company has officially transitioned its production line from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle to its new long-range variant, the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range.The transition comes after GA-ASI completed the last contracted MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system, which has been delivered to 12 U.S. Army operational units and has accumulated more than 290,000 flight hours.The MQ-1C is the Army's most active kinetic platform and has been a major tool in U.S. counterterrorism strategy since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The aircraft was upgraded from the original General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, which was used primarily in joint operations between the U.S. Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency."...