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Marc Raibert, founder and chair of Boston Dynamics stands beside one of the company's Atlas robots during an interview and demonstration, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at their facilities in Waltham, Mass. The company engineered the robot to be able to dance in a fluid manner that is almost human. <br>Josh Reynolds/AP

Behind those dancing robots, scientists had to bust a move

The man who designed some of the world’s most advanced dynamic robots was on a daunting mission: programming his creations to dance to the beat with a mix of fluid, explosive and expressive motions that are almost human.


Enjoy these tales of awkwardness from Zoom holiday office parties

It's not as if Lizzie had high expectations for her office Christmas party. Like everything else, it had been moved to Zoom. Like everything else, it promised to be a slightly weird, slightly awkward approximation of normal life. But the 27-year-old social worker wasn't prepared for how weird and awkward.


Sony pulls Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation store after public outcry

Sony has removed CD Projekt SA's Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation Store and is offering full refunds, taking unusual steps to appease customers furious about bugs plaguing one of the year's most highly anticipated gaming blockbusters.

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Literature and laughs: Military author crafts hilarious narrative out of family columns

As the window closes on holiday shopping, it can seem all but impossible to find that special item that says “I thought of you, even if I bought this close to the last minute.” If this sounds all too familiar, we have a literary suggestion — and you might want to pick up one for yourself as well.


No drama corona-Christmas has some secretly jumping for joy

Though Thanksgiving pleas to stay put were ignored by thousands, and authorities fear the same for Christmas and New Year's, many around the world are gleefully looking forward to spending the December holidays at home without the expense, family drama and travel headaches they normally endure.


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Call of the Sea: Strictly for hardcore puzzlers

There is a moment late in Call of the Sea where Norah Everhart, the game's heroine, is walking through an otherworldly temple adorned with murals depicting ritual sacrifice. "This place is like a labyrinth," she says aloud, then, looking at one of the murals she gasps, "They were submerged in black ichor!" I giggled to myself when I heard those words because they seemed to perfectly sum up the pulpy tenor of this game which wears its affinity for H.P. Lovecraft and weird, early twentieth-century fiction like a flower on a lapel.




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the meat and potatoes of life

Learning to lose now in order to win in the long run

This month, we all bore witness to the horrific extremes that some people will go to in order to avoid losing. Although no one wants to fail, the vast majority of us won’t turn to insurrection, violent assault or malicious destruction of property to win.