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Valkyrie is NASA's "superhero robot." (YouTube)

Bow before Valkyrie, NASA's 'superhero robot' entry in DARPA challenge

When does Skynet become operational? NASA has unveiled a towering new humanoid robot Valkyrie that will compete in a robotics challenge put on by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — and perhaps ultimately assist humans on future missions in space. Published December 11, 2013

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, file photo, American Airline planes sit at a gate at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport.  Four key members of Congress said Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, that all airlines should be able to bid on gates and landing rights that American Airlines and US Airways will give up after their merger. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Congress seeks ban on in-flight calls

Congress members from both sides of the aisle unhappy with the idea of in-flight telephone use are working on legislation to keep the airways quiet. Published December 10, 2013

Dayna Morales (NBC screenshot)

Wounded Warrior donation MIA from lesbian waitress of anti-gay tip story

A former Marine and waitress said that any donations she received after a customer allegedly left an anti-gay screed in lieu of a tip would go to the Wounded Warrior Project — but the organization has not been able to verify that she made good on her vow. Published December 6, 2013

This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. (AP Photo/Amazon) ** FILE **

Hacking software could put 'zombie drone army' in user's hands

Civilian applications for domestic drones continue to evolve, but so do hackers. SkyJack, a "drone engineered to autonomously seek out, hack, and wirelessly take over other drones within wifi distance, creating an army of zombie drones under your control," is one such example, according to security analyst Samy Kamkar. Published December 4, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. (Associated Press)

House Dem cites satire piece to strike GOP, Obamacare critics

Rep. Carolyn Maloney used her time during Wednesday's House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing in a unique way: She criticized the Republican Party's reaction to the failed Obamacare rollout by referencing satire as "distinguished report." Published December 4, 2013