February 27, 2012 |
In movies and TV shows, robots often resemble their human creators - with arms, legs, and a head sitting atop an upright body. In the real world, they almost never do. So it was with a certain amount of fanfare that Drexel University engineers assembled seven humanoid robots on a stage last week. Measuring 4 feet, 3 inches tall, they are among the most advanced such machines in the world, with precision motorized joints that mimic most features of the human body. Built by a partner university in South Korea and customized by Drexel engineers, the robots gyrated and swung their arms in time with a pulsating beat.
July 25, 2001
FOR MONTHS NOW, world leaders worried about persuading George W. Bush to sign the imperiled Kyoto Protocol and keep his campaign promise to limit carbon-dioxide emissions blamed for global warming. Then they apparently discovered something startling: They didn't need the United States to reach an agreement. More than 178 nations have now signed on to a treaty aimed at protecting the planet from our own pollution. The United States and Bush, ignored, could just look on. And for Bush it's gotten even worse.
October 3, 1990
SUFFER THE WORLD'S CHILDREN Each day countless children around the world are exposed to dangers that hamper their growth and development. They suffer immensely as casualties of war and violence; as victims of racial discrimination, apartheid, aggression, foreign occupation and annexation; as refugees and displaced children, forced to abandon their homes and their roots; as disabled; or as victims of neglect, cruelty and exploitation. Each day, millions of children suffer from the scourges of poverty and economic crisis - from hunger and homelessness, from epidemics and illiteracy, from degradation of the environment.
September 21, 2011 |
UNITED NATIONS - The new Libya will join the international community as a nation committed to peace, security, and democracy, the head of the transitional government said Monday. World leaders pledged support for the nation emerging from over four decades of Moammar Gadhafi's rule. Transitional National Council chairman Mustafa Abdul-Jalil took the floor for the first time at the United Nations, speaking at a meeting attended by President Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and other world leaders to assess the path forward after Gadhafi's ouster in a civil war. The General Assembly voted Friday to transfer Libya's seat from Gadhafi to the former rebel movement.
February 8, 1999 |
Prayers of mourning wailed from minarets yesterday as Jordanians put down their work and rushed crying into a rainstorm in a spontaneous show of grief when they heard that their beloved King Hussein was dead. Hussein, 63, the man who became American's most steadfast friend in the Arab world and a tireless missionary for peace, died at 11:43 a.m. at the King Hussein Medical Center here. The death came just two days after the barely conscious king was flown home from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
May 28, 2002 |
Lightning halts search for Okla. bridge victims Divers have recovered seven bodies from the underwater tangle of steel and concrete where a barge collapsed a section of a bridge, but they halted the search yesterday when lightning made it too dangerous. Oklahoma authorities said several vehicles remained underwater from Sunday's collapse of the Interstate 40 bridge over the murky, swiftly flowing Arkansas River. Searchers today were to bring in cranes to lift chunks of the bridge and vehicles from the water.
July 30, 1990 |
Talk of violence and hunger buzzed unpleasantly around the quiet, lush seminary campus like insects intruding on the drowsiness of the summer's academic lull. But it was the dreary realities of children's lives in less scenic places - on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and the battlefields of El Salvador - that drew more than 150 religious leaders from 28 nations and more than a dozen faiths to Princeton Theological Seminary last week for a three-day conference on the status of children.
November 26, 2007 |
Australia's Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd took advice yesterday on how to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and fielded phone calls from world leaders - starting in on work the day after a sweeping election victory. The emphatic triumph of Rudd's Labor Party swings Australia toward the political left after almost 12 years of conservative rule. The voted puts Australia at odds with Washington on two crucial policy issues: Iraq and global warming.
October 7, 1986
What a great Columbus Day weekend it will be. Just as the navigator and Queen Isabella used an unorthodox method in their negotiations that culminated in the discovery of the North American continent, we have President Reagan and the Soviet leader in an unorthodox mini-summit scheduled for Columbus Day weekend in Iceland. We should all applaud their new approach as a grand prelude to the fast- approaching 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, six years away, in 1992. What a year that will be if these two world leaders succeed in creating a masterpiece of peace for the world in the '90s and beyond.
August 30, 1990
A friend writes: "I have noticed this so many times before, and now again. "Great public problems - that threaten our way of life, even - just seem to dissolve into nothing as soon as we turn our backs. "Remember when the Soviet Union was about to break up into separate states - Lithuania and all those? It was an important deal, in all the papers. World leaders were in a sweat about it. "Anybody hear anything on that lately? Is the Soviet Union still together, or what?