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Japanese AI Robot To Get A "Real" Job After Failing University Entrance Exam For Fourth Consecutive Year

By Maitreyi Mantha on December 9, 2016
Japanese AI Robot  To Get A "Real" Job After Failing University Entrance Exam For Fourth Consecutive Year

Since 2013, Torobo, a robotic arm designed to test the limits of artificial intelligence, has had one aspiration — to be admitted to the University of Tokyo, one of Asia’s top-ranked educational institutions. However, despite having an extensive database of textbooks and other teaching materials to draw upon, Torobo, (short for Todai Robot) has repeatedly failed to obtain the university's required minimum 80% score in the National Center Test, a standardized entrance examination adopted by Japanese universities. This year was no exception.

Amazon Go Aims To Make Grocery Shopping Hassle Free And Fun!

By Meera Dolasia on December 8, 2016
Amazon Go Aims To Make Grocery Shopping Hassle Free And Fun!

On Monday, December 6, online retailing giant Amazon announced the opening of its first brick and mortar grocery store. Called Amazon Go, the Seattle-based store that is currently being tested by company employees, closely mimics regular convenience stores except for one thing — thanks to Amazon’s proprietary “Just Walk Out” technology, all purchases are handled electronically. This means that there are no cashiers, checkouts, or lines. Shoppers simply grab what they want and leave.

Australia's Thorny Devil Lizards Drink Water By Burying Themselves In The Sand

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on December 7, 2016
Australia's Thorny Devil Lizards Drink Water By Burying Themselves In The Sand

The thorny devil, named for the sharp spikes that cover its head and body, is a lizard that dwells in the Australian Outback’s hot and arid desert. Though its scary appearance has earned it other equally alarming names like the thorny dragon or the mountain devil, the palm-sized reptile is a harmless, slow-moving animal that has managed to adapt to one of the world’s most inhospitable environments. While researchers know a lot about these hardy lizards, the one mystery that had never been completely solved, is how they keep hydrated.

Video Of The Week — Jetmen Trio Fly In Formation With French Military Jets

By Meera Dolasia on December 5, 2016
Video Of The Week — Jetmen Trio Fly In Formation With French Military Jets

During the past 15 years, Yves “Jetman” Rossy has strapped on his jetpack — carbon fiber wings powered by four small engines — to conduct many heart-stopping stunts. The former Swiss Air Force pilot has soared across the Grand Canyon, circled Japan's Mt. Fuji and even flown alongside the world's largest commercial airplane, the Airbus A380. On November 25, the daredevil upped the ante when he and protégés Vince Reffet and Frédéric ‘Fred’ Fugen, flew in formation with eight Alpha Jets from the Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatics demonstration team of the French Air Force.

These Stylish Shoes Are Crafted Entirely From Chocolate!

By Jeffrey Shao on December 4, 2016
These Stylish  Shoes Are Crafted Entirely From Chocolate!

With Christmas around the corner, Valentine’s Day is probably the last thing on your mind. However, don’t tell that to Motohiro Okai. The chocolatier who works at the Rihga Royal Hotel Chocolate Boutique L’éclat in Osaka, Japan, has been feverishly working to perfect an exclusive line of “shoes” that will delight even the most discerning man.

Cuba's Controversial Leader Fidel Castro Leaves Behind A Mixed Legacy

By Meera Dolasia on December 2, 2016
Cuba's Controversial Leader Fidel Castro Leaves Behind A Mixed Legacy

On Sunday, December 4, Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former President and leader of the Communist revolution, will be laid to rest at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba, the island's second-largest city. Fidel, who passed away on Friday, November 25 at age 90, ruled the country with an iron fist for 47 years (1959-2006) and was one of the most controversial leaders of our time. Supporters maintain that Fidel was a champion of socialism and think his revolutionary regime protected Cuba from American imperialism. Critics, which include his daughter Alina Fernández, considered him a dictator who allowed human rights abuses and impoverished the country’s economy.

Hour Of Code Is Designed To Inspire Kids From 4 to 104!

By Meera Dolasia on December 1, 2016
Hour Of Code Is Designed To Inspire Kids From 4 to 104!

From December 5-11, millions of kids in over 180 countries will take the Hour of Code challenge. The annual initiative, which coincides with Computer Science week, is organized by Seattle-based non-profit Code.org to demystify the world of coding, and inspire students of all backgrounds and ages to consider a career in software engineering.

Qizai, World's Only Captive Brown And White Panda, Thrives Against All Odds

By Meera Dolasia on November 29, 2016
Qizai, World's Only Captive Brown And White Panda, Thrives Against All Odds

With only about 1,800 specimens left in the wild, all giant pandas are precious. However, Qizai, a seven-year-old that resides at the Foping Panda Valley in China’s Shaanxi province, is even more so. That’s because he is amongst a handful of giant pandas known to have brown and white fur and the only such specimen in captivity. However, while the 220-pound Qizai is now the superstar of the animal world, life has not always been easy.

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