UN to help countries affected by Pakistan earthquake

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is exploring “ways in which the United Nations can assist in all efforts required to support relief and rescue operations and in subsequent recovery and reconstruction,” a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in New York.The spokesman said Mr. Annan is “deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction” caused by the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.6 and struck 95 kilometres outside of Islamabad.”OCHA stands ready to dispatch an United Nations Disaster and Coordination Team (UNDAC) to help assess the damage and coordinate the response in Pakistan,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland said today.In Geneva, an UNDAC team is on stand-by ready to be deployed at the request of the Government of Pakistan. An aircraft has been made available by the Government of Switzerland to fly directly to Islamabad later today. In Pakistan, damage to buildings and houses have been reported in Islamabad. More severe damage is being reported in Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Peshawar. It is anticipated that the death toll might be severe..The high intensity of the earthquake in Pakistan was also felt in Afghanistan and across northern India. In India, where buildings have collapsed, official reports confirm the death of more than 200 people and more than 400 injured. There is minor damage in Afghanistan where two people are reported to have been killed. read more

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Here are the crazy military robots Google bought this week

first_imgBoston DynamicsThe Cheetah set a new record for the speediest robot. It can run faster than 29 miles per hour, completely destroying the previous record, set in 1989 at MIT, of 13.1 miles per hour. That’s faster than Jamaican sprint champion Usain Bolt.The Cheetah is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump, meaning that it can’t operated untethered.Watch the Cheetah sprint:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chPanW0QWhAWildCat: The free-running Cheetah I tried KFC’s new fried-chicken-and-doughnut sandwich, and it’s a near-perfect answer to the craze over the sold-out Popeyes sandwich (YUM) Stocks finished mixed as the Fed remains divided over further rate cuts Boston DynamicsBigDog is perhaps Boston Dynamics’ most bizarre-looking bot.About the size of a large dog or a small mule, BigDog can walk, climb and run through rubble, mud, water, and snow and carry heavy loads (up to 340 pounds).Check out BigDog climbing in the woods, jogging, and, kind of hilariously, slipping on ice:RiSE: The robot that can climb up walls How to delete a PlayStation 4 user account, if you’ve run out of space for accounts IT WAS BIG news this past week when Google bought Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that creates mobile research robots for the US military. This is the ninth robotics company that Google has purchased in the last six months.Boston Dynamics features nine robots on its website, and some of them are almost unbelievable. They can crawl, jump, climb, and gallop, even over tough terrain.Meet some of the most amazing (and kind of creepy) robots that Boston Dynamics has created:Atlas: The Humanoid RobotBoston DynamicsAtlas is a humanoid robot that can walk through rough terrain like a human and even climb using its hands. It can lift and carry things, and it has cameras and a laser range finder on its head. When hit from the side, the robot manages to keep its balance.Check out Atlas in action:Cheetah: The fastest robot in the world Boston Dynamics/YoutubeRiSE is six-legged robot that can climb up vertical terrains like walls, trees, and fences using its micro-claws. The robot uses its tail to help it balance and can change its posture to conform to the curvature of the climbing surface. RiSE is 0.25 meters long, weighs 2 kilograms, and travels 0.3 meters per second.Watch RiSE climb a building and a tree:- Jillian D’OnfroGoogle buys military robotics firm Boston Dynamics>Need a table? Need a chair? These tiny robots could join together to make one> Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens left a message from beyond the grave touting his Twitter rivalry with Drake and his favorite life lessons Boston Dynamics/YoutubeThe WildCat is Boston Dynamics’ free-running iteration of the Cheetah. Although it hasn’t reached Cheetah’s insane speeds yet, the four-legged robot can run up to 16 miles per hour on all types of terrain.The Wildcat can gallop, bound, and turn quickly.Big Dog: The huge robot that can carry almost 400lbslast_img read more

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