NASA Awards Two Robots to University Groups for R&D Upgrades The two university proposals selected are:

•  Robust Autonomy for Extreme Space Environments

•  Accessible Testing on Humanoid-Robot-R5 and Evaluation of NASA Administered (ATHENA) Space Robotics Challenge

Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from NASA.GOV

Editors’ Picks for Dec 16

Star Wars Fans Meet the Dark Side, Chicago’s Guantanamo, Bombs at School, and More Picks

Star Wars Fans Meet the Dark Side, Chicago’s Guantanamo, Bombs at School, and More Picks

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Moviegoers Stripped of 4th Amendment Rights at Star Wars Premiere (Trevin)

Attendees came face to face with “the Dark Side of The Force” Monday as LAPD turned the few blocks near Hollywood’s TLC Chinese Theater into a “pseudo-martial law zone.” There was “no specific threat,” just an “Abundance of Caution” in the form of metal detectors, random “stop and frisk” searches, and bomb-sniffing dogs.

Witnesses testify at Homan Square hearing in Chicago (Inez)

The Chicago police department made 7,000 people ‘disappear’ at Homan Square. Now as the city has erupted in protest over the Laquan Mcdonald video footage, much pressure is being put on the decades-long actions that defined this black hole of torture on Chicago’s west side.

Cop Admitting to Perjury Didn’t Get Prosecuted in Chicago (Klaus)

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez refused to prosecute a Chicago police officer who admitted to lying under oath.

New York School System Received the Exact Same Email Threat as L.A. (Trevin)

NYPD’s Police Commissioner said threats described in the email mirrored recent episodes of Homeland, and called the LAUSD school closure a “significant overreaction.”

Bob Dylan an Anarchist? (Trevin)

Bob Dylan’s life and career have been filled with seeming inconsistencies. Still, certain thematic constants have emerged, specifically as they apply to his political outlook. Since childhood, he has cared about liberty and justice, democracy and individuality, truth and morality.”


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