We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: The Pentagon robotic cheetah sets a robot speed record, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson share a forced tender moment while watching the Los Angeles Kings, and an alternative to pre-roll ads.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (aka, DARPA), the Pentagon's highly-visible research shop, claims their new robot -- the adorably nicknamed Cheetah -- shattered the "speed record for legged robots"by reaching speeds of 18 mph on a laboratory treadmill. Which doesn't seem all that fast, until you remember the project's ultimate goal is to create a robot capable of reaching speeds of 70 mph and that, should you ever find yourself chased by one, you will be on foot. [Danger Room and DARPA]
Poor Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. All they wanted to do Saturday night was watch the Los Angeles Kings play in peace, and they found themselves on the Kiss Cam, that most barbaric of in-stadium time fillers. Unlike the majority of citizens, who can just fumble around awkwardly until the camera turns to someone else, Hanks and Wilson are public figures with friendly reputations to protect. So they kissed on cue, which was very sporting of them, but what a way to ruin a celebrity couple's night. [NHL.com via Puck Daddy]