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The punishing polar vortex is ideal for Cassie the Robot

Two pairs of robotic legs are pictured next to a snowbank and a thermometer.
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You may be cursing the harsh cold of winter, but roboticists at the University of Michigan are capitalizing on the cold temperatures. A team working on the development of Cassie the Robot took advantage of the recent cold snap to perform testing. Read how Cassie performed in this article from Wired.

Ex-NASA engineer's glitter bomb exacts revenge on porch thieves

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When U.S. engineer Mark Rober — who worked on the design of NASA’s Mars Rover — saw a pair of thieves snatch an Amazon package off of his front doorstep, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Check out this article and video to see the device Rober engineered to teach greedy thieves a lesson.

Researching the untold story of Canada’s keypunch girls

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Last summer, the Canada Science and Technology Museum offered up access to its collection so that researcher Jennifer Thivierge could study “keypunch girls” — the women who punched holes in data cards and fed them into machines or tabulators, starting in the 1950s. The University of Ottawa’s Gazette writes about her findings, and what they say about gender discrimination within the field of computer science.

Student-made robot sets new world record for solving the Rubik’s Cube

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Since its invention in the 70s, the Rubik’s Cube has entertained, challenged, and frustrated users around the world. Last month, a pair of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology devised a robot capable of solving the popular 3D puzzle in an astounding 0.38 seconds. Read the full story – and watch a video that shows the robot in action. http://news.mit.edu/2018/featured-video-solving-rubiks-cube-record-time-0316

Heritage Minutes: Avro Arrow

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The Avro Arrow –a triumph of aerospace achievement in Canadian history. Launched in 1953, the Avro Arrow project was innovative for the times as the most advanced and fastest interceptor aircraft.