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Friday, February 14, 2014

New model for robots: termites

New model for robots: termites


New model for robots: termites

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 02:25 PM PST

Human construction projects are generally centrally planned, with people in leadership roles supervising how everything is put together, and builders aware of the overall progress.

How DNA can rebuild history

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 11:06 AM PST

Most people are carrying around historical records in their DNA, with clues to how people from genetically distinct groups intermingled over the last 4,000 years. That's the conclusion of a new study in the journal Science.

Nuclear fusion milestone

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 09:09 AM PST

The event was over in a fraction of a scintilla of a blink of an eye and released a burst of energy that's not particularly impressive by most standards.

It's OK to be unromantic

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 07:12 AM PST

Daniel Jones is the love column editor who isn't romantic. Neither is his wife. But they've been married for 22 years and still make each other laugh.

Hollywood's right wing was cool

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 11:24 AM PST

Timothy Stanley says Shirley Temple was once America's sweetheart, but as a grownup and committed Hollywood conservative, she was a rare breed that lies low in today's left-leaning tinsel town culture

Caesar's sophisticated slapstick

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 11:07 AM PST

Gene Seymour says the influential comic brought sophisticated slapstick and plenty of anarchy -- not to mention a roster of writers, from Neil Simon to Carl Reiner and Woody Allen -- to early TV.

'We are the 59%'

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 10:50 AM PST

While the country's been debating Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow, I've been thinking about Alaska, where a staggering 59% of women are subjected to sexual or intimate partner violence, including threats of violence, in their lives.

Global health is national security

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:23 AM PST

John Kerry and Kathleen Sebelius argue that infectious diseases are not just a health concern, they are national security challenges.

Storms could have been worse

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:24 AM PST

Mike Smith, weather expert and innovator, says that as bad as these storms have been, it could have been much worse, thanks to science.

The mystery of snowfall

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 04:26 AM PST

Whiteout or whitewash? Ian Roulstone explains why it's so hard to predict the accumulation of snow.

Killing deer to make life easier?

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:24 AM PST

Carl Safina says it seems cruel, but may be necessary, to have deer pay the price for manmade damage to habitat

Burying cables not the answer

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:24 AM PST

Ted Kury says as appealing as it would be to hide your power lines underground and avoid outages, it's expensive, difficult to accomplish and doesn't always work.

Northeast in storm's crosshairs

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 02:04 PM PST

What may be the biggest winter blast of the season walloped the Northeast after a spin through the South.

Are we born with a moral core?

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 08:43 AM PST

It is one of life's biggest questions: Are we born knowing the difference between good and evil? Or are we taught our moral beliefs by parents and society?

19 million flowers cross border

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 08:54 AM PST

In the weeks before every Valentine's Day, Rosie Maizuss wields enormous power, like a modern-day Cupid able to influence millions of romances -- depending on whether she detects just the slightest thing amiss.

Who's behind deadly blast?

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 04:26 PM PST

Buried in debris at the Tennessee home where a package bomb killed a retired lawyer, investigators spotted what could be a key clue: a note.

Sheriff cancels Valentine's Day

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 10:17 AM PST

By pronouncement of the sheriff, there will be no Valentine's Day this Friday. That is, if you live in Georgia, north of Interstate 16 and have to drive to get a gift.

Are we born with a moral core?

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 10:18 AM PST

It is one of life's biggest questions: Are we born knowing the difference between good and evil? Or are we taught our moral beliefs by parents and society?

Fire in the skies over Maine

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 08:23 AM PST

A man in South Paris, Maine, shot video of a fireball in the sky. WMTW reports.

Son-in-law arrested after ex-lawyer, wife die in mail bomb attack

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 04:26 PM PST

An exploding package killed a retired lawyer. Now his wife is dead, too. Who sent the bomb to their Tennessee home? Investigators don't know, but they found what could be a key clue: a note.

Watch sinkhole devour Corvettes

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:29 AM PST

Surveillance video from inside the National Corvette Museum shows just how quickly a sinkhole developed under the cars.

CDC: 5 ways diseases in other countries can kill you

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 01:57 PM PST

The world is smaller and people are more mobile than at any time in history. This makes it easier than ever for what's happening anywhere on the globe to harm Americans' health.  

Georgia sheriff cancels Valentine's Day because of snow, boredom

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 08:37 AM PST

By pronouncement of the sheriff, there will be no Valentine's Day this Friday. That is, if you live in Georgia, north of Interstate 16 and have to drive to get a gift.

Facebook goes beyond 'male' and 'female' with new gender options

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 12:50 PM PST

You don't have to be strictly a man or a woman on Facebook anymore.

Refusing service to same-sex couples may become legal in Kansas

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 12:58 AM PST

The Kansas House approved a bill that would permit businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples.

Michael Dunn's fate in jury's hands in loud music murder trial

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 10:50 PM PST

Michael Dunn's fate now rests with the jury.

Firefighters rescue riders trapped on Florida roller coaster

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:48 AM PST

Firefighters were helping remove riders Wednesday after they got stuck on a roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.

Watch Friday's show!

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 01:52 PM PST

February 14, 2014

The Olympics is their playground

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 12:07 PM PST

If snowboarders were the Olympics' introduction to a younger, hipper, "slacker" generation of competitors, the next wave of adrenaline junkies has taken it back to the new old school.

Favorite moments from Wednesday

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 09:03 AM PST

We interrupt life in the United States, where many people are enduring snow and ice and freezing temps, to bring you highlights from Sochi, where it reached 60 degrees on Wednesday.

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