September 6, 2012 |
DARPA's robotic cheetah has sprinted past another speed milestone: The four-legged robot can now officially run faster than Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. Chalk one up for robots. Humankind, you appear to be losing your supremacy. A new video released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows the robot, inspired by the anatomy of a cheetah, running as fast as 28.3 mph before it trips and falls on what would be its face, if it had one. If it's any consolation, the robo-cheetah is only a bit faster than the human speed record holder: Bolt set the mark at 27.78 mph in 2009, during a 100-meter sprint.
May 5, 2012 |
Time does not pass quickly when you're going nowhere fast. Suddenly, however, a new crop of stationary cardio exercise machines has livened up the indoor workout world, adding everything from Internet compatibility to ecology aids to creative new movement patterns. Here's some innovative aerobic body blasters worth working up a sweat for. -- It runs on you Woodway EcoMill: Curve-shaped manual treadmill with no motor, no buttons and a running surface made of 60 tank-tread-like rubberized slats that travel around a track, rather than a conventional, continuous tread belt pulled over a hard deck by two rollers.
June 18, 2013 |
“Get off your butts,” the nation's doctors said Tuesday, as the American Medical Assn. adopted a new policy on sitting in the workplace. Citing mounting evidence that sitting for extended periods of time is really bad for you , the physicians group is now urging employers and others to make alternatives to sitting available to workers - standing work stations, isometric balls that allow the core to remain engaged while a person sits, and...
January 20, 2012 |
If you are like most Americans, you vowed to lose weight and exercise regularly in 2012. And, if you are like most Americans, you probably have already given up. Well, "Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper would like to get you back on the health-and-fitness path. And he'd like you to do it by talking to your food. And to your treadmill. Actually, he would like you to scream profanities at them. Welcome to Bob Harper's " ... You " diet. (You know what the expletive is, people, but we are not allowed to write it out on our website, so use your imagination.)
April 5, 2010
If you're considering an exercise stress test or other cardiac tests, here are a few basics to keep in mind: EXERCISE STRESS TEST (also called treadmill test, exercise test and exercise cardiac stress test): Doctors monitor your EKG while you're at rest and when you're working hard, such as walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. Good for: Picking up blockages greater than 70%, showing how much you can safely do after a heart attack or surgery. ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG or ECG)
March 14, 2011 |
It gets cold where I live. But even when the forecast is for "hideous below zero" ? as some Canadians are fond of saying ? I'd still rather go outside than run on a treadmill. That should give you an idea of how much I dislike this particular piece of workout equipment. Nevertheless, in the past week I've found myself doing the hamster imitation because I find treadmills good for one thing: high-intensity interval training, or HIIT for short. In my last column, I busted the myth that HIIT burns a lot more calories than regular aerobic exercise done at a steady pace.
May 20, 2010
OK Go's daredevil treadmill antics in the "Here It Goes Again" YouTube video have been viewed more than 50 million times and been parodied on "The Simpsons." A true pop cultural phenomenon with an inventive, iconoclastic approach to music, the band will play songs from its recently released third studio album, "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky." The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fri. (323) 464-0808. http://www.henryfondatheater.com
October 14, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Kobe Bryant was still reluctant to provide a timetable for his return but hinted he could play ... sort of. He planned to run on the court Monday, the day before the Lakers played Golden State. "After I get out there today and run around a little bit, I might have a better idea," Bryant said. "If today was a playoff [game] or NBA Finals, could I play? Probably. I don't know how well I would play, but I'd get out there and do something. " Bryant, though, has said he needs three weeks of conditioning before practicing with the team.
March 5, 2012 |
Robo-Cheetah doesn't run, it gallops. And it doesn't have a head, because it doesn't need one. It was designed for speed, and it has got plenty of that. Robo-Cheetah can go up to 18 mph, making it the fastest robot on four legs. Robo-Cheetah has completely shattered the previous robotic quadripedal speed record, which was 13.1 mph, set at MIT in 1989, according to a news release on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) website. The robotic Cheetah was developed by the Massachusetts-based engineering company Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA.
November 29, 2003
Thanks, Tim Rutten, for succinctly saying what so many of us have been thinking regarding the media coverage sideshow ("Hurry, Hurry, Get a Ticket to the News," Nov. 22). Where have all the priorities gone? Television ratings and circulation numbers have eclipsed sound judgment and a sense of media responsibility. While on the gym treadmill last week, the TV monitor -- tuned in to one of our major news channels -- gave all of 20 seconds to the announcement that California National Guardsmen were being deployed to Iraq for an 18-month tour.