Source: Robots may be needed to clear suspect’s apartment

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At least 12 people were killed and another 58 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. (Earlier, police said 14 were dead and 38 wounded.)

The heavily armed suspect has been identified as James Holmes, a 24-year-old Aurora resident who had been a doctoral student at the University of Colorado. He was arrested without putting up a fight at the theater moments after police arrived, Oates said.

Chaos broke out during the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Aurora 16 theater when the shooting began, police and witnesses said. A man told CNN affiliate KUSA that people were confused when the shooting started because many believed the sound of gunfire was coming from the movie.

According to Oates, Holmes’ apartment housed a device with “incendiary devices, some chemical…

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Tempting fate on Friday the 13th

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By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) — It’s Friday the 13th. There are both Christian and pagan roots for the phobia many have of the day. Briefly, Christians believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday after 13 people attended the Last Supper.

The stories of Adam and Eve and the Great Flood also have ties to either the number 13 or Friday.

One Norse legend tells of the god Loki who crashed a party of 12 gods, making him the 13th guest, and he tricked the blind god of darkness into killing the god of joy and gladness bringing bad luck to the Earth.

Also, many of the Knights Templar were arrested, tortured and eventually executed on Friday the 13th.

Whatever you believe, or don’t believe, many people worry for their luck on Friday the 13th. For some it’s a true test of superstitions. For others it’s…

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Berlin is abuzz with mechanical ‘robot’ bees

Very cool. I happen to be a fan of robots myself.

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By Christopher Cottrell, Special to CNN

Berlin, Germany (CNN) — Its brain is the size of a pinhead, but that doesn’t stop the common honeybee from knowing basic geometry.

Widely regarded as one of the most intelligent insects on the planet, bees can use their mathematical prowess to communicate the exact location of nearby food to their hivemates via a technique dubbed the “bee dance.”

It is the only known instance of symbolic communication in the animal kingdom and today a group of scientists in Germany is trying to build a robot that mimics it.

Dr. Raul Rojas, director of Berlin’s Free University’s Project RoboBee (yes, it’s really called that),  is trying to “hack the system” of the bees’ cognitive processes by constructing a mechanical bee capable of luring real ones out of the hive and leading them to food.

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