From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Comment below with the stories you’re talking about, tweet them using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.
The “Gangnam Style” Craze Continues
The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech released one of the newest viral videos demonstrating the popular “Gangnam Style”—in the form of a robot. Tech developed the humanoid robot as a research platform to study walking and independent behaviors within the robot community. The video was posted by The Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa), which explained:
“The CHARLI series humanoid robot is developed as a research platform to study bipedal walking and autonomous behaviors for humanoid robots. It is designed to be ultra light weight (under 15 kgs) for safety and low cost. As the next generation of the CHARLI series humanoid robots, CHARLI-2 improves stability and speed in walking, intelligence and autonomy, and soccer playing skills. CHARLI-L2 is also designed to participate in the autonomous robot soccer competition, RoboCup, in the Adult size league.”
Singing Sensation Adele Reportedly Gives Birth to Baby Boy
Music superstar Adele has given birth to a baby boy with her boyfriend Simon Konecki, the Daily Mail reports. The baby, born last week, is 24-year-old Adele’s first child and 38-year-old Konecki’s second. A source said “Adele and Simon are ecstatic at their new arrival,” the Daily Mail says. The Grammy award winner announced her pregnancy four months ago on her official website, and a spokesperson told the Daily Mail they aren’t releasing any statements. The chart-topping artist released her latest single, the theme song to the new James Bond movie “Skyfall” earlier this month, to critical and commercial success.
Woman Becomes First Native American Saint
Kateri Tekakwitha was named the first Native American saint today by Pope Benedict XVI in a ceremony held in St. Peter’s Square. The 17th century Mohawk-Algonquin was credited, more than 300 years after her death, with miraculously healing a young boy who was near death with a flesh eating bacteria. That attributed miracle paved the way for Kateri’s canonization. She is one of seven people canonized in the Vatican ceremony today.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds More Objects on Mars
Nasa’s “Curiosity” rover found new objects on Mars last week that officials say could be native to the planet.
After the rover spotted a few shiny during its daily sweep, NASA sent commands to Curiosity Monday to take a third sample of soil from Mars to learn more about the objects.
“Confidence for going ahead with the third scooping was based on new assessment that other bright particles in the area are native Martian material,” NASA said in a statement. “One factor in that consideration is seeing some bright particles embedded in clods of Martian soil.”