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CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceIf you've ever wanted a robot to do the vacuuming, then the CES tech show has something for you.The Aeolus robot is designed to perform a range of household tasks - including mopping floors, rearranging furniture and putting away dishes.However, like many of the bots showcased in Las Vegas this year, the pressure sometimes got to it."Aeolus has had enough," tweeted Signe Brewster, a writer at tech site Wirecutter, after observing the bot stall inexplicably during a demo.The moment is reminiscent of an even more high profile hiccup that hit LG's smart home helper Cloi during the firm's press conference earlier in the week.On three separate occasions, Cloi sat there, painfully unresponsive having been prompted to do something helpful - like fetch a...
New videos show intercepts of Russian fighter jets

New videos show intercepts of Russian fighter jets

World
U.S. Air Forces Europe has released previously unseen video of two intercepts of Russian fighters that occurred last fall over the Baltic. The videos were released as part of an effort to highlight the U.S. military’s participation in the NATO Air Policing mission in the Baltics. The U.S. is among the NATO member countries that routinely rotate aircraft and personnel to the Baltic countries on short deployments. Their mission is to be ready to intercept Russian aircraft that fly into the airspace around the Baltic Sea without filing a flight plan, don’t communicate civilian air traffic controllers or don’t turn on the transponders that identify them as belonging to the Russian military. “Such aircraft create unsafe environments including air-to-air mishaps or these actions may indicat
Bonobos show a preference for jerks

Bonobos show a preference for jerks

Science
Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Often described as the most laidback of the apes, new research shows bonobos prefer bad boys -- or girls.Given a choice between two people, one mean and one nice, humans tend to prefer the nice one. Studies have shown infants as young as three months prefer a person they've witnessed doing a good deed over someone treating others badly."Humans might have this unique preference for helpers that is really at the heart of why we're so cooperative," Christopher Krupenye, a former Duke University doctoral student, said in a news release.Researchers at Duke wanted to see if bonobos displayed similar tendencies.To find out, Krupenye, now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and Duke's Brian Hare, an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology, s...
The NFL Show podcast: December 26, 2017

The NFL Show podcast: December 26, 2017

Sports
Listen to the latest NFL Show podcastWednesday, December 27, 2017Join Nat Coombs for all the latest Gridiron news from acrros the pond in the NFL Show!In this week's festive Boxing Day show, Nat and guests break down week 16 of the NFL and all the playoff permutations with one regular season game left.Let's block ads! (Why?)