The key to awesome future robots could be seahorse tails

3D models of a seahorse tail tested for possible engineering uses

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The key to better, tougher and more coordinated robots as well as improved surgical procedures, among other advances, could derive their inspiration from an unlikely source – the odd, square tail of the all-around strange seahorse.

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Motorcycle racers overtake the Ordos Circuit in China

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The Ordos International Circuit, located about an hour by airplane from Beijing, consists of 2.33 miles of well-laid tarmac and is designed to look roughly like a horse. Some local motorcyclists take us for a tour.

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Greenbrier Classic 2015: Final Leaderboard Scores, Prize Money Payouts and More

The 2015 Greenbrier Classic came down to a four-man playoff, and Danny Lee emerged with his first PGA Tour victory on the second extra hole Sunday at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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Only Lee and David Hearn were left when they birdied the par-three 18th to knock out Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner on the first hole of sudden death. Both players who birdied made putts from similar spots to where they missed in regulation.

Hearn had a chance to win the tournament with a birdie bid at the last, only to leave it about one revolution short in the heart of the hole, per the PGA Tour’s official Twitter account:

It was Lee who made his longer playoff putt first at the 18th, so Hearn did well to answer back and force extra action.

But an adventurous trip around the par-five 17th forced Hearn to lay up twice before the green and led to a bogey. All that was necessary for Lee to do to secure the trophy was a two-putt from long distance, which he managed to do.

Check out the prize money for what was a jumbled leaderboard:

Lee won the U.S. Amateur at age 18 and won on the European Tour before turning professional. The results haven’t matched the talent of late. Now he’s unlocked a lot of doors for this next stage of his career, including a spot in The Open Championship at St. Andrews in a couple of weeks.

The Associated Press’ Doug Ferguson hinted how Lee hasn’t relied on his natural ability or wavered when the going’s been tough as other flamed-out prodigies preceding him have:

Great as it is to see Lee break through, much of the back-nine drama came from Streb.

Not often do you see a player pull a wedge on the putting green, but Streb had to do just that when his putter broke on No. 9. Streb‘s caddie explained the situation to ESPN.com’s Jason Sobel:

Streb responded with two birdies immediately after the turn, and he carded two more at Nos. 13 and 16 before a bogey at the par-five 17th.

Arriving at the 72nd hole with a chance to tie the lead, he stuck his approach to five feet. Then Streb stepped up with his wedge and calmly sank the putt to join the playoff after a final-round 65:

It was amazing enough for Streb just to finish his round with a decent score after losing the most important club in his bag—never mind accumulating five birdies on the way in to give himself a chance at a second win.

When he failed to find the putting surface on the first extra hole, Streb wound up out of the hunt before he even had a chance to use his wedge as a putter again.

A horrendous lie after he missed the green in the playoff forced Kisner to take three strokes before he even found the green. It was another tough loss for Kisner, who’s still looking for his maiden tour victory.

Amanda Balionis of PGATour.com weighed in on the bittersweet nature of Kisner‘s close calls this season:

Tiger Woods wasn’t in contention, yet he did continue to show signs of massive improvement with a three-under 67 to finish tied for 32nd.

ESPN Stats & Info alluded to the silver linings from Woods’ week:

All the players involved in Sunday’s playoff will be in action at the British Open, which has to give Kisner and Hearn some solace in a lucrative consolation prize.

One has to believe Kisner is due for something extraordinary soon. He’s proved capable of contending on the biggest stages, losing in extra holes at The Players Championship and finishing tied for 12th at the U.S. Open.

Most interesting about the near future will be Woods’ progress entering an Open Championship venue he won at in 2000 and 2005. For the long haul, if Lee can spin this win into momentum, he has the type of skills to join the elite 20-somethings who are making golf’s new era so exciting.

A number of stars were in the Greenbrier field, but this was more of a stage for non-household names to make their mark. The same can be said for next week’s event, the John Deere Classic. Some combination of those elements comes together, actually, in light of how Jordan Spieth notched his first win on tour at TPC Deere Run in 2013.

Spieth will be making his first start since winning the U.S. Open to back up his Masters triumph. He’ll certainly be the favorite, and the highest John Deere Classic finisher in the top five who hasn’t qualified for The Open Championship will do so.

Car Crashes Into Clothing Store In Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Employees and customers are happy no one was killed after a car crashed through the front windows of a crowded clothing store in Queens Sunday afternoon.

As CBS2 Valerie Castro reported, no one was seriously injured in the accident.

“I didn’t know what was happening, I ran, I ran out of the store,” said employee Soraya Mortagun.

Mortagun was working inside the Aeropostale store in Bayside, Queens when the car smashed through the windows.

“I was folding my shirts and I just saw like one piece by piece falling I didn’t even see the car at first,” Mortagun said.

Video posted on Instagram shows the aftermath.

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Witness Joe Illescas said his family was shopping when he believes the driver was trying to park in a handicap spot in front of the store.

“You can see that she was parking, trying to put it in park, she didn’t have it in park, took her foot off the brake and must have accelerated, right inside,” Illescas said. “Thank god there’s no tragedy, call it luck, a miracle, thank god everybody is okay.”

The driver was not injured.

About 15 people were inside of the store at the time. The manager reported she was cut by glass, but no one was seriously injured. Castro reports only the manager reported a small injury

The store is expected to be shut down for a week.

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Billy Joel & His Pregnant Girlfriend Alexis Roderick Shocked Their Annual 4th Of July Party Guests With A Surprise Wedding!

What a fun way to celebrate Independence Day!

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Billy Joel and his pregnant girlfriend Alexis Roderick have become somewhat known for their elaborate 4th of July parties.

Well, they really outdid themselves this year… because at their annual bash on Saturday, the pair shocked all of their guests with a surprise wedding!

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The 66-year-old and 33-year-old are currently expecting their first child together, so 2015 is definitely going to be their year!

Plus, Billy’s ex-wife Christie Brinkley wished them a happy day herself (below)!!!

Congratulation to the glowing bride and groom.. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ @clairemercuri @myrnaA photo posted by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) on Jul 4, 2015 at 6:11pm PDT

Congrats again, guys!!!

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This Week in Xbox One News – RRoD, Xbox One’s European struggle, MGSV’s voice acting and more! (June 7, 2015)

Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!

This week, we’re looking at the Xbox 360’s “billion dollar problem”, Xbox One’s European struggle, MGSV with Kiefer Sutherland and more!

We’ll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed, but I’ll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points into one handy post every weekend!

So without further ado, here’s our latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.










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