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March 22, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Traversing slippery terrain can be a tricky game for a Martian rover -- or any wheeled robot, for that matter. Now, Georgia Tech researchers have built a biologically inspired robot that can speedily navigate slippery, sandy terrain. The 2004 Mars rover Spirit discovered the disadvantages of wheeled travel the hard way when it became stuck in loose soil after six years of navigating all types of terrain. The six-legged robot, described in Friday's edition of the journal Science, could provide a solution for such exploratory vehicles while navigating “flowable” ground.
August 3, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung wanted to outfit their new L.A. boutique, Poketo, with display tables that were not only modern but also inexpensive. Their solution was a cool, custom look that could easily translate as a DIY desk. “I wanted the look to be simple, honest and modern,” said Vadakan, who agreed to share the materials and process with readers. One key, Vadakan said, was a solid-core birch door repurposed as a tabletop. He bought 42-by-80-inch doors, $138 each, from Taylor Brothers Architectural Products in Silver Lake, but stock doors at most hardware stores also would work.
March 7, 1992
My curiosity is aroused. After the Winter Olympics, how long did it take the medical profession to get Paula Zahn's legs uncrossed? WILLIAM J. LEWIS Carson
July 25, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here are two variations of back arches that will help counter the effects of rounded shoulders. Slouching tends to shorten the muscles in the front of your body and can overstretch the muscles in the back. These moves reverse that action and help improve your posture. Lie face-down on a mat. Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your buttocks. Reach back and grasp each ankle with the same-side's hand. Keep your heels close together and your knees parallel to each other as you inhale and raise your chest and legs away from the floor.
January 26, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If lower back pain, sciatica or stiffness is slowing you down, steal this move from yin yoga, a gentle style of practice known for its longer-held stretches. This stretch, demonstrated by fitness expert and yogi Jennifer Kries and used in her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, will melt away tension, ease pain and clear your mind. What it does The shoelace opens and loosens your hips, stretches your lower back and legs and relieves stress. What to do Start on your hands and knees.
September 23, 2002
Legs for Life, sponsored by the Society of Interventional Radiology, offers free information and screening through Saturday on peripheral vascular disease, a common but potentially fatal problem in which the arteries carrying blood to the legs or arms become clogged. (877) 357-2847 or
My first experience as a patient proved as instructive as all my classes in medical school. In the autumn of 1979, while training for the Boston Marathon, I developed a nagging ache in my right hip. I assumed I had bursitis, an inflammation around the joint. My self-diagnosis proved drastically wrong. A sports-medicine doctor was the first physician I consulted when the ache slowed my pace. He gave me Indocin, a strong anti-inflammatory medication, for the presumed bursitis.
February 7, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Speaking with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio in New York , Dwight Howard said his back is at "75%" and his shoulder is "day to day. " The Lakers center sat the last three games after re-aggravating his shoulder injury.  The team certainly needs him back on the court with Pau Gasol going down with a torn plantar fascia. "There are days when [my shoulder] feels really good and then I get in the game, get hit and it's not as good," said Howard.  "For right now I just have to learn how to play through it and try to mix up my game.  I'm known for always coming up and that leaves me vulnerable to guys hitting me, so I'm going to try to play at 75% and keep the ball up here.
September 18, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Microraptor , a small dinosaur that lived in northeast China about 120 million years ago, had feathers on its wings,  hind legs and tail. But in all likelihood, it didn't fly like a bird. Instead, it glided from trees and cruised over “medium distances” - but not very often, according to a study published online Wednesday in Nature Communications. This picture of Microraptor , whose fossils were discovered only 15 years ago, is the result of wind tunnel experiments conducted at the University of Southampton in England.
September 20, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
The burpee exercise done with a medicine ball is a wonder in efficiency, working several muscle groups at once, while raising your heart rate to burn fat, says Dr. Levi Harrison, orthopedic surgeon and developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. What it does This explosive move works the muscles of your legs, chest, arms and shoulders. What to do Start by standing with legs more than hip-width apart, clutching a medicine ball of 2 to 10 pounds at your chest with both hands.
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