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September 20, 2017

MUSCLING IN

NEW YORK (AP) —An artificial muscle that lifts 1,000 times its own weight could pave the way for lifelike robots that make Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator look puny. Scientists used a 3D printing technique to create the rubber-like synthetic muscle that expands and contracts like its biological counterpart. Heated by a small electric current, the material was capable of expanding to nine times its normal size. In tests it demonstrated enormous strength, having a strain density - the amount of energy stored in each gram of a stretched elastic body - 15 times greater than natural muscle. One professor working on it said “We’ve been making great strides toward making robot minds, but robot bodies are still primitive,” adding that “this is a big piece of the puzzle.”

TRANSGENDER BOOK CONTROVERSY

ROCKLIN, Calif. — A Northern California school board voted unanimously to keep its literature policies following months of controversy over a book about a transgender child that a teacher read to a kindergarten class. The Rocklin Academy Family of Schools also adopted a provision to give parents advance notice if a controversial topic will be discussed in class.

SAME SEX-PARENT RIGHTS

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a lesbian woman who is divorcing her spouse is entitled to equal parental rights under the U.S. Constitution, even though a state law doesn’t recognize those rights. The ruling from the state’s highest court said U.S. Supreme Court precedent requires same-sex couples be afforded the same rights as straight couples. It goes much further, suggesting that a host of Arizona laws and rules need to be rewritten to avoid case-by-case litigation.

WAR GRAVE

WESTERN FLANDERS, Belgium (AP) — An intact German World War One submarine containing the bodies of 23 people has been found off the coast of Belgium. The governor of Western Flanders says the find on the floor of the North Sea “is very unique” and calling it “quite amazing.” He says the impact damage was at the front of the craft, but that submarine was still intact.

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