Fox News--Robot makers at Boston Dynamics have unveiled their latest military-funded creation: a four-legged machine called WildCat that bounds and gallops across the ground in an uncannily animal-like way.
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A new video shows off the robot's ability to run to at 16 mph (25 km/h) on flat surfaces. Boston Dynamics has not released much new information on their new bot, but a caption on the company's YouTube page says WildCat will eventually be able to run quickly over all types of terrain.
WildCat is a free-running version of one of Boston Dynamics' earlier quadruped creations called Cheetah, a frighteningly fast robot that could sprint, on a treadmill at least, up to 28.3 mph. That's 0.5 mph faster than Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man. Though WildCat is slower than its predecessor for now, it is does not need to be tethered to a treadmill to strut its stuff.
The new robot is being developed as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Maximum Mobility and Manipulation, or M3, program, which seeks to overcome the current limitations that ground robots face in terms of agility. The hope is that if these robots become more mobile and flexible, they can be much more effective at assisting human soldiers on the ground in a wide range of missions.
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Monday, October 7 2013, 03:47 PM CDT
Sheriff: 4 dead in car linked to Tenn porn case
October 07, 2013 22:10 GMT
DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama sheriff says four people found shot to death in a car were linked to a child pornography investigation in Tennessee.
Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris said Monday the four died in what appears to be a murder-suicide with a shotgun.
Harris says 29-year-old Robert S. Hamrick and his 39-year-old ex-wife, Kristi Hunt Hamrick, were under investigation for allegations of child pornography and molestation in Hardin County, Tenn.
The sheriff says they shared an address with 30-year-old Kevin Carey and 37-year-old Keith Hunt, who also were implicated.
All four were found dead Wednesday in a car on a dirt road about 100 miles south of their home in Savannah, Tenn.
Harris says it appears Keith Hunt killed the others, then himself. He was the brother of Kristi Hunt Hamrick.