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i, robot

New entrant

A European humanoid robot, iCub, could be the next rage in the tech world. It was invented by Robot Cub Consortium, which includes scientists from several top universities. Europe’s most advanced robot took five years to be developed and was funded by the European Commission. It took £200,000 to make the iCub and this robot can crawl, perceive images visually and feel and sense elements in its surroundings. It can also use its hands to grip and manoeuvre. A production line has been set up and 20 different universities will have their own iCubs by the end of this year. However, the iCub is not as advanced as its Japanese counterparts who can walk and do a little jig. Isn’t it time for India to have its humanoid robot too?

gulf glory


Swim to fame

Eight-year-old Swapnali Yadav from Mumbai is quite the wonder kid. She has earned a place in the Limca Book of Records after swimming across the 30-km Messinikos Gulf in Greece. Swapnali from Andheri, Mumbai, who studies in Class V, is the youngest in open marathon swimming history to achieve the mighty feat. However, following Swapnali’s feat, FINA, the world swimming body, has decided not to allow swimmers below the age of 17 to cross the Messinikos Gulf. The little swimmer took all of 11 hours and 10 minutes to swim across the Messinikos.

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