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Dog-like robot opens door in mesmerizing viral video

Dog-like robot opens door in mesmerizing viral video

Technology
“Good boy, Buddy,” is typical praise for a pet, but in this case, Buddy is a well-mannered, four-legged robot that both opens a door and holds it open for another robot. The video titled, “Hey Buddy, Can You Give me a Hand?” by robotics company Boston Dynamics has gotten over 1 million views on YouTube. It features their latest work -- a dog-like robot that opens a door in a mesmerizing maneuver. The video shows one yellow robot walking up to and surveying a door before an identical robot with an arm extending from its back steps into frame. The arm has a claw that functions as a hand and opens the door. The robot continues to prop the door open for itself and the other robot to walk through before letting it close behind them. Boston Dynamics' calls this robot the SpotMini, which is
Inquest opens into Dolores O'Riordan's death

Inquest opens into Dolores O'Riordan's death

Entertainment
A coroner is awaiting results of "various tests" as the death of The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is investigated.An inquest has been opened into O'Riordan's death, as is expected when a person dies suddenly.Westminster Coroner's Court was told that O'Riordan was found unresponsive in her hotel room on Monday and was declared dead at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.Coroner's officer Stephen Earl said: "A post-mortem examination has now taken place and the court is awaiting the results of various tests that have been commissioned."O'Riordan, 46, had been in London for a recording session at the time of her death, her publicist said earlier this week.She had been staying at the Hilton on Park Lane.More from UKFollowing her death, tributes came from singers, producers ...
Record-breaking cable car opens in Germany

Record-breaking cable car opens in Germany

World
Dec. 21 (UPI) -- After more than two years of work on Germany's highest construction site, a world record-breaking cableway in the Bavarian Alps is set to open Friday.The cable car on the country's tallest mountain, Zugspitze, is located near the Armed Forces Recreation Center Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. The gondola breaks three records for any hanging cable car system -- the tallest steel tower, the longest cableway span and the highest elevation difference.The $ 59 million cableway was difficult to build with the main challenges being high altitude and removing ice and snow from equipment.Out of the thousands of service members and families who go skiing on the German Alps each year, roughly one-third head to the Zugspitze, which claims to have the best views in Germany.Aside from the vi...
Facebook creates 800 jobs as it opens new London office

Facebook creates 800 jobs as it opens new London office

Business
Facebook is opening a new London office that will allow it to create 800 new UK jobs in 2018.By the end of next year about 2,300 people will work for the social media company in the UK.The office will be Facebook's biggest engineering hub outside the US, and opens during its tenth year in the UK.Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's Europe, Middle East and Asia vice-president, said the company was "more committed than ever to the UK".She said Britain's "entrepreneurial ecosystem and engineering excellence" made it an ideal location for technology firms.The seven-floor building at Rathbone Place, near Oxford Circus in central London, was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.It will accommodate engineers and developers as well as marketing and sales t...
Wilko opens redundancy talks with nearly 4,000 staff

Wilko opens redundancy talks with nearly 4,000 staff

Business
High-street retailer Wilko has begun a redundancy consultation with nearly 4,000 staff members as it reorganises its business.Up to 1,000 senior supervisor roles and a "significant amount" of customer service posts will be created under the plans, the firm said.The chain, whose headquarters is in Worksop, saw pre-tax profits fall 80% to £5.1m, in the year up to 28 January.The GMB trade union is also being consulted over the changes.The firm, which sells homeware and household goods, has more than 400 stores across the UK.'Not positive results'Retail director Anthony Houghton said the changes would help it "stay relevant" to customers.He added like-for-like sales had increased "despite the challenging retail landscape", but said this was "not translating into positive results".Wilko's move