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No high-tech high five, this robot uses a beanbag for a hand

robot, Cornell, Chicago, iRobot,DARPA

It’s far from easy to design a robot with one controllable joint, so imagine the difficulty of creating an artificial hand and its numerous knuckles. A team of researchers from the University of Chicago, Cornell University, iRobot Corp. and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) may have found a way around this challenge by [...]

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Roots of Unity

A Higher Murder Rate than New York and Los Angeles Combined

Non-Violence, a sculpture by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd in Malmö, Sweden. Image: Francois Polito, via Wikimedia Commons.

Today on the radio, I heard an announcer say, “Chicago has a higher murder rate than New York and Los Angeles combined.” The compassionate human being in me cringed, and the statistical pedant in me also cringed. What does that mean? When I heard, “New York and Los Angeles combined,” I intuitively thought of combining [...]

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