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Kissing babies, shaking robot hands

Protests surrounding President Bush's recent trips suggest he's not the most well-liked man. Still, shake enough hands and you'll walk away with at least one new friend. The president found a friendly, though mechanically animated, face in "Alber...

Protests surrounding President Bush's recent trips suggest he's not the most well-liked man.

Still, shake enough hands and you'll walk away with at least one new friend.

The president found a friendly, though mechanically animated, face in "Albert Hubo," a 54-inch robot with a head that looks like Albert Einstein. The robot greeted Bush, and other leaders taking part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, at South Korea's hi-tech exhibit in Busan, South Korea.

- Associated Press

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Mr. Roboto

Countries with the most industrial robots:

  • Japan - 350,169
  • Germany - 105,217
  • United States - 103,515
  • Italy - 46,881
  • South Korea - 44,265
  • France - 24,277
  • Spain - 18,352
  • United Kingdom - 13,651
  • Taiwan - 7,491
  • Sweden - 6,846

- United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe

I'll take the elevator

President Bush could have made more fans by swinging down to Taiwan to compete in Sunday's Taipei Run-Up Race.

Runners lined up to tackle 91 flights of stairs inside the Taipei 101. The building's 101 floors and height of 1,666 feet make it the tallest building in the world.

Australian Paul Crake won the run, finishing the hike in 10 minutes, 29 seconds.

The President opted for a workout better for his joints and rode his mountain bike in China at the Laoshan Olympic Mountain Bike Course in Beijing.

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Beijing will host the 2008 Summer Olympics.

- Associated Press

Origin of protest

Today marks the 146th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On The Origin of Species," a book that ensured debates that would continue to this date.

Most of the 1,250 printed copies were sold that day.

The British naturalist recognized his theory would spark controversy and initially hedged on including making public his beliefs on human evolution, writing to a friend, "I think I shall avoid the whole subject, as so surrounded with prejudices, though I fully admit that it is the highest and most interesting problem for the naturalist."

- Wikipedia.org

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