Does Diet Soda Contribute To Diabetes? videoelephant 2018-04-220 views For as long as artificial sweeteners have existed, people have been warned about their supposed health risks such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. But while these claims are routinely debunked as nothing more than junk science, some research—including a new study presented this week at the annual Experimental Biology conference—is beginning to indicate that sweeteners could actually contribute to health problems like type 2 diabetes.
These researchers from Nanyang Technological University designed a pair of robotic arms that can assemble an IKEA chair in 20 minutes. The researchers reported their findings in the Journal of Science Robotics.
The robotic arms are equipped with 3D cameras, force sensors, are grippers. Researchers first programmed a manual into the robot — it then took 11 minutes to identify and match materials to the manuals and to come up with an action plan. From there it took 9 minutes to build the chair.
“If you think about it, it requires perception, it requires you to plan a motion, it requires control between the robot and the environment, it requires transporting an object with two arms simultaneously,” explained Dr. Quang-Cuong Pham, an assistant professor of engineering at the university and one of the paper’s authors to the New York Times. “Because this task requires so many interesting skills for robots, we felt that it could be a good project to push our capabilities to the limit.”'
Robots have built IKEA furniture, but nothing as complex as a chair. The researchers hope to design a robot that can build furniture by mimicking a human or with spoken instructions. Who knows, hopefully with creations like this robot, going through the annoyance and time of assembling will be a thing of the past.
Over 50 Killed In Kabul Suicide Bombing videoelephant 2018-04-220 views KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 52 people and wounding more than 100, in the most serious attack yet on preparations for elections scheduled for October.
Costco Employees Do Not Buy This From The Store videoelephant 2018-04-220 views Although Costco has deals that both customers and employees enjoy, when the Business Insider asked 46 Costco employees what they wouldn't buy at the store several of them said they would not buy the produce. The reason why they would not buy produce is simply because it would not last them long enough. The chain is known for selling its products in bulk and employees said they cannot buy produce in bulk because they don't eat it all before it begins to rot.
North Korea Will 'Stop Nuclear Tests' videoelephant 2018-04-220 views According to its state-run news media, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has announced the country will stop conducting nuclear and missile tests. According to South Korean news agency Yonhap News, KCNA said on Friday, "From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles." Yonhap continued, "The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test.
His family made the news public by an announcement on his social media pages.
The cause of death was not announced, but the family wrote that "depression and suicide are very serious issues."
"You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. But be kind to one another. And always know, it's never too late to reach out to someone for help," they said.
He had been admitted to hospital earlier this month and last year had made public his battle with alcohol addiction.
Troyer, who was 81 cm tall, is best known for Austin Powers movies "The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Austin Power in Goldmember."
He also had the role of the goblin Griphook in the Harry Potter movies.
Tributes poured in for the actor with Austin Powers author and star Mike Myers saying Verne was a consumate professional and a beacon of positivity, while Oscar winning actress Marlee Matlin said he had "a caring and big heart"
Ditch All Romaine Lettuce And Check Your Eggs videoelephant 2018-04-220 views Recent food recalls involved romaine lettuce and eggs. The CDC advises discarding all romaine lettuce after earlier warning about chopped romaine only. More than 200 million eggs distributed from a North Carolina farm were also recalled. The post Ditch all romaine lettuce and check your eggs – a bad week for food recalls appeared first on Digital Trends.
Trump May Pardon Boxing Champion Jack Johnson videoelephant 2018-04-220 views On Saturday, Donald Trump said he is considering pardoning late boxing legend Jack Johnson. Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world, was jailed in 1912 after having a relationship with a white woman. The arrest was on the grounds that his relationship with Lucille Cameron, a white prostitute who later became his wife, violated the Mann Act against “transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes.
Mike Myers Issues Statement on Verne Troyer's Passing videoelephant 2018-04-220 views In a heartfelt statement, Mike Myers paid tribute Saturday to his 'Austin Powers' co-star Verne Troyer, who passed away this weekend at the age of 49. Myers said, "Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. “It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.” Troyer is best known for playing Mini Me in 1999’s 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' and its 2002 sequel. The cause of his death has not yet been revealed.
‘Austin Powers’ Star Verne Troyer Dead At 49 videoelephant 2018-04-220 views Verne Troyer, the actor best known to audiences as the scene-stealing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, has died at age 49. Troyer’s family confirmed the actor’s passing in a statement on Verne’s official Facebook page. “It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” read a post addressing Troyer’s passing. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.
Here's How The US Military Air Drops Special Warfare Vessels videoelephant 2018-04-210 views In this video captured by Chief Petty Officer Amry Kirk, we see the U.S. Navy deploying boats from an aircraft. The video was provided by the Public Affairs of the Naval Special Warfare Group 4. The group operates three special boat teams capable of deployment around the world and operating in shallow waters inaccessible to larger ships.
Based on their size, the boats in this video could be Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R), fast, armored, and heavily armed vessels operated by a 4-person crew to carry 8-person special operations team. "[T]here's arguably more firepower per square inch here than on any other military vehicle," noted a Popular Mechanics reporter in a 2009 article after he went for a ride-along on one of the boats.
The aircraft seen in the video is likely the gargantuan Lockheed C-5 Galaxy.
Michael J Fox Underwent Spinal Surgery--Spokesperson Provides Details on His Condition videoelephant 2018-04-210 views Michael J. Fox's spokesperson stated that "he recently underwent spinal surgery unrelated to his Parkinson's... He is recovering, feeling great, and looking forward to getting back on the golf course this summer." The reason for Fox's surgery was not revealed to the public, but Fox's fans are happy that her is in recovery and is getting better. They can't wait for him to return to ABC's "Designated Survivor," where he has a guest starring role with a story arc.
Angry Badger Forces Scottish Castle to Shut Down videoelephant 2018-04-210 views A castle in Scotland shut down last week over an invading badger. Staff at 16th-century Craignethan Castle say the the badger was found in the property's cellar tunnel. Badgers are not typically dangerous, but can become aggressive if they feel cornered or threatened. They can be seen year-round in Scotland, especially during spring and summer. The critter left voluntarily after a few days, but not before making a mess.
Deputy runs 390 mi. for fallen officers' families videoelephant 2018-04-210 views Sgt. Samuel Gonzalez of the Lee County Sheriff's Office is on a mission. “I’m running to Tallahassee, 390 miles from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, to raise money and awareness for COPS, Concerns of Police Survivors,” Sgt. Gonzalez said Frida
Fishy foods: Your seafood may not be what it says on the package videoelephant 2018-04-210 views There may be something fishy about your seafood — it might not actually be what it says on the package. Oceana Canada, an ocean research charity, is hoping citizen scientists in Halifax armed with DNA kits will help them sniff out seafood fraud. The group estimates as much as 40 per cent of seafood sold in Canada is mislabelled.