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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Can Now Do Parkour

The humanoid bot can run, jump over obstacles, and even do backflips!

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Tech company Boston Dynamics is indeed true to their aim of changing people’s ideas of “what robots can do.” AS it appears, the latest update of the Atlas shows that their humanoid robot is now capable of running, jumping over obstacles, and even doing backflips, parkour-style.

First introduced to the public in 2013, the Atlas is the “world’s most dynamic humanoid,” according to Boston Dynamics. Now things just went the next level since the tech has become more human-like in its movements after its software has been upgraded.

How is that even possible, you ask? Well according to video description posted by Boston Dymanics:

“The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace. Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately.”

The Atlas measures 4.9ft in height and weighs 75kg. The robot can “use its arms to lift, carry, and manipulate objects in its environment.”

The company further claims that “in extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.”

Meanwhile, the Boston Dynamics’ official website tells us about the robot:

“Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing. Atlas’ control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace. Atlas’ ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint.

“The Atlas hardware takes advantage of 3D printing to save weight and space, resulting in a remarkable compact robot with high strength-to-weight ratio and a dramatically large workspace. Stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors give Atlas the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel on rough terrain. Atlas keeps its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over.”

Watch the video here to see Atlas’ sweet moves:

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“There Is No God,” Wrote Stephen Hawking In His Final Book

“There is no God. No one directs the universe.” – Stephen Hawking

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He passed away last March 2018 at the age of 76 but British physicist Stephen Hawking, who is considered as one of his generation’s most brilliant scientists, isn’t done making headlines yet. In his last book published just recently, he discussed several controversial topics.

Entitled "Brief Answers to the Big Questions," the book tackles everything from Hawking’s belief about extraterrestrial life and the possibility of time travel, among many others. He also took time to speak about God and the statement has since gained mixed reaction from the public.

"There is no God. No one directs the universe," reads an excerpt from Stephen Hawking’s final book.

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115,000-Year-Old Bones Reveal Neanderthal Child Was Eaten By A Giant Bird

The story behind Poland’s oldest human remains is a little hard to swallow.

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The oldest human remains discovered in Poland were found a few years ago, but it’s only recently that scientists have uncovered the unfortunate fate of the Neanderthal to whom they once belonged. Polish researchers recently identified the fossils as the remains of a human child.

The small hand bones were found in a cave in Southern Poland's Malopolska region, according to Science in Poland, a Polish government-funded site. Researchers recently did a lab analysis of what was first believed to be just animals bones, but some were eventually identified as human bones.

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Children Inherit Intelligence From Their Mothers, Says Science

Sorry, Dads!

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In most cases, children consider their mothers as their first teachers. Way before young kids start schooling, their moms teach them to speak, read, count, and much, much more.

However, several studies are telling us that mothers play a big role in developing a child's intellect. As it appears, young ones actually inherit their intelligence more from their moms than their dads, according to experts.

Sorry, dads! But kids get their intelligence from their moms.

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