Daily Report: Military Offers Millions for Robot Invention, Afghan Night Raid Agreement, North Koreans in "Nightmarish" Gulags?

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US military offers millions for the first humanoid robot - msnbc.com "Uncle Sam wants you to make a military robot capable of walking on two legs, handling power tools and even driving vehicles. Luckily, the U.S. military's new robotics challenge aims to save lives rather than hunt down human warriors, Terminator-style, on the battlefields of tomorrow."

Dr. Biden, Mrs. Dempsey Salute ‘Challenge’ Winners - American Forces Press Service "Leading up to a White House celebration today, two of the nation’s top wives personally thanked a group of individuals and organization leaders for their efforts to improve military families’ lives at the Pentagon yesterday."

US military sets goal to cut power grid dependence - Reuters "The renewable electricity capacity, which is the equivalent of three nuclear power stations, would be built on installations mainly in the United States, many of which have directly supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Analysis: Night-raid deal in Afghanistan is largely symbolic - Stars and Stripes "The Pentagon won’t come right out and say it, but the agreement that governs night raids in Afghanistan is a largely symbolic document that eases United States-Afghan relations, while having little effect on the U.S. military’s ability to nab Taliban insurgents and other high-value targets."

Report: At least 150,000 North Koreans in nightmarish gulags - Los Angeles Times "North Korea keeps at least 150,000 people locked up in hidden gulags where they are forced to work behind barbed wire and electrified fences, according to a report from a human rights group."