AndreV writes: "We've entered into an extraterrestrial quid pro quo with our Northern neighbors: After celebrating 25 years of the Canadarm's first venture into space, NASA has reached out (so to speak) to the Canadian Space Agency and begun research and development on a new generation of robotic arms, which would ultimately be used for the U.S. agency's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle that will provide transportation for Moon missions and jaunts to the international space station. In exchange, Canada will trade the robotic-limb technology's use on Orion and other future U.S-manned spacecraft for flight time for Canadian astronauts. And seeing solid results shouldn't be far off—the engineering company designing the bionic branch, responsible for the previous Canadarms, has already begun investigating the effects of zero gravity on their components. (Another forward-looking project being bartered for astronaut time? A Moon and Mars rover.) Fair trade?"
elric667 writes: "A BRAVE Brazilian man is fighting for his life — with TWO beating hearts inside his body. The unnamed 53-year-old is in a stable condition after a 12-hour operation. But docs at Sao Paulo's Heart Institute fear he only has a 50 per cent chance of surviving. The "new" heart was place on the right side of his chest and is linked to his original heart by a vein, arteries of the lung and the aorta."
hundredrabh writes: "Ever had a super needy girlfriend that demanded all your love and attention and would freak whenever you would leave her alone? Irritating, right? Now imagine the same situation, only with an asexual third generation humanoid robot with 100kg arms. Such was the torture subjected upon Japanese researchers recently when their most advanced robot, capable of simulating human emotions, ditched its puppy love programming and switched over into stalker mode. Eventually the researchers had to decommission the robot, with a hope of bringing it back to life again!"
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