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Seriously Swift Animals

Darpa Creates the World's Fastest Robotic Cheetah

— March 7, 2012 — Unique
As if it weren't disparaging enough to know that people can't outrun a cheetah to save their lives, now they can be bested by the world's fastest robotic cheetah as well.

DARPA, the main research division at the Pentagon, in association with Boston Dynamics, has developed a mechanical replica of the African animal that can scoot along at 18 miles per hour. It is the size of a small dog and reaches speeds faster than what most humans -- aside from Olympic sprinters -- can run.

"Cheetah" also blew past the previous record for land speed among robots with legs, which was 13.1 miles per hour achieved by MIT in 1989.

The machine is still in the early stages of development, designed to push the boundaries of speed in land robots, but the government suggests that the "Cheetah" could eventually have beneficial uses in the military.

Whether it be the fastest robotic cheetah in the laboratory, or the real thing in Africa, this creature is definitely the fastest thing on four legs.
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