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Internet couple name baby Yahoo

A Romanian couple who met each other on the internet have named their baby Yahoo.

Nonu and Cornelia Dragoman, from Medias, say they had a virtual relationship for three months before seeing each other.

Cornelia told Libertatea newspaper: "We named him Lucian Yahoo, one name after my father and the other from the computer. These were the two elements which guided my life."

The baby boy was born a few days after Christmas last year.


Humanoid robot launched

A humanoid robot which responds to human voices and can speak has been developed by researchers in South Korea.

HUBO can walk at speeds of up to 1.25 kilometres per hour and can move five fingers.

Professor Oh Joon-ho, the leader of HUBO research group says his team has spent three years and about one million dollars developing the robot.

The group is based at Korea Advanced Institutes of Science and Technology in Daejuon City.


Scientists develop robot cockroach

Scientists have developed a robot cockroach that can infiltrate a group of real bugs.

InsBot, developed by researchers in France, Belgium and Switzerland, is capable of influencing a group of cockroaches and altering their behaviour.

Scientists say it could lead to robots stopping sheep from jumping off cliffs and encouraging chickens to take exercise.

A student spent three years filming cockroachs and making a computer program that reproduced their movements.

The second stage was to build a robot capable of detecting cockroaches, of moving like them and of becoming inactive in the dark.

InsBot, which is green, the size of a matchbox and equipped with lasers and a light sensor, was developed by Switzerland's Federal Polytechnic School in Lausanne.

When it bumps into a cockroach, it does what they do: it stops moving. The more cockroaches that approach it, the longer it remains stationary.

The third stage, undertaken by the French Centre for Scientific Research in Brittany, was to isolate the molecules that give cockroaches their smell - to create a cockroach perfume - and to spray it on the robot.

"It is plausible and realistic to imagine that in five or 10 years time, people with a cockroach infestation will be buying robots to get rid of them," said project co-ordinator Jean-Louis Deneubourg.