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Robot ‘DURUS’ can move like a human

Robot ‘DURUS’ can move like a human

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that a flat footed robot could be made to walk like human, but for mimicking human movement, improvements are required in existing robotic technology. They have created a robot, called DURUS, which can walk and wear shoes like humans do.

Robot makers have so far created robots that could do simple and repetitive tasks, but now, robotics is moving toward creation of more useful robots that could interact with humans and do certain complex tasks, such as housekeeping.

Georgia psychiatrist indicted of unauthorized distribution of pain medicine prescriptions

Georgia psychiatrist indicted of unauthorized distribution of pain medicine pres

A Georgia psychiatrist has been charged of three counts of felony murder and 59 counts of illegal supply of pain medicine prescriptions after minimal 12 of his patients lost their lives to overdoses.

According to investigators, Doctor Narendra Nagareddy over-prescribed prescription medication for no valid reason on regular basis. Police said that 12 of the all patients have lost lives to an overdose.

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Study Participants Trust Robot during Emergency Situation

Study Participants Trust Robot during Emergency Situation

In a research project at Georgia Tech, scientists have shown that human beings are willing to trust robots even when they are making obvious mistakes. In an experiment, the scientists created an emergency situation and the volunteers were following a ‘rescue robot’, which were secretly controlled by the scientists.

Study’s co-author Alan Wagner said, “People seem to believe that these robotic systems know more about the world than they really do, and that they would never make mistakes or have any kind of faults”.

Study suggests Deficiency of Vitamin D reduces HIV Treatment Efficacy

Study suggests Deficiency of Vitamin D reduces HIV Treatment Efficacy

A study has revealed that deficiency of Vitamin D could limit immune recovery in people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The study’s results means that low levels of vitamin D could reduce the effectiveness of HIV treatment by limiting immune recovery.

People with HIV usually complain about declining health as their immune systems do not properly respond to common pathogens. The study found those individuals’ immune statuses can be improved by giving them HIV treatment.

One of three beluga whales at Georgia Aquarium dies suddenly

One of three beluga whales at Georgia Aquarium dies suddenly

In an announcement on Thursday, the Georgia Aquarium said Maris, their 21-year-old beloved beluga whale, had suddenly died. Maris was one of the Aquarium's three belugas. In a statement, the Aquarium's chairman and chief executive officer Mike Leven said that Maris was among the first beluga whales at Georgia Aquarium. Mike Leven added that each year, the whale had inspired millions of guests.

Mike Leven added that all the animal care and veterinary teams had created a very special bond with Maris over the last 10 years, and mentioned that this unexpected loss was difficult and painful.

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Three sheriff's officials convicted of covering up misuse of force by police

Three sheriff's officials convicted of covering up misuse of force by police

Georgia's three law enforcement officials have been convicted of covering up use of force by police after a former officer was accused of hitting a person in the face with a metal flashlight, authorities confirmed.

Elizabeth Croley, a captain at Decatur County Sheriff's office, has been convicted of writing a false report and holding back facts from federal investigators and attorneys. Deputy Christopher Kines and Deputy Robert Wade Umbach have also been convicted of lying to the federal investigators.

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Smoking rate declines in Georgia

Smoking rate declines in Georgia

According to a new CDC report, smoking rate in Georgia is declining steadily. The rate of adult cigarette smoking dropped from 21.2% in 2011 to 20.4 in 2012. After that it fell to 18.8% in 2013. Smoking percentage in Georgia is lower compared to other Southern states except for Florida, where it is at 16.8%. Smoking rate was recorded at 15.9% in Texas.

According to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, on the whole, 26 states saw decline in cigarette smoking prevalence during that period. And in the meantime, use of smokeless tobacco in Georgia rose from 4.4% in

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