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A robotic elephant that can hug using its trunk and has hundreds of
potential facial expressions is offering hope to autistic children.
Scientists at Vrije University in Brussels have developed the robot, which is now being trialled with children from Romanian orphanages which they believe could be a major breakthrough for children suffering from autism.
Autism is a neural disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behaviour that first appear when a child is three years old.
Probo the robot can gives hugs and express feelings that psychologists and scientists alike hope will help autistic children to identify feelings and emotions and help them interact with the people around them.
The robot which is currently on an exchange program at the psychology department at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, has reportedly achieved some remarkable results in its interaction with autistic children.
They said Probo uses human-like social cues and communication abilities to teach the children.
The robot has a fully actuated head, with 20 degrees of freedom, capable of showing facial expressions.
Tragic Ski Girl Dies
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Police chiefs in Hamburg, Germany, are celebrating after new crime figures showed there wasn't a single bank robbery in the city last year.
Chinese property developers who've been thwarted in a bid to buy up an entire Austrian village have settled on the next best thing - an entire life-sized replica.
Austrian children help Romanian kids
A charity project run by the middle school in Hippach has been recognised with an award for its social work by officials in Tyrol.
Mother kills disabled daughter because she couldnt take care of her any longer
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Policeman accused of sex with the son of his girlfriend
A Policeman from Vulcan, Western Romania is currently being investigated for having sex with a minor, the son of his girlfriend, Cancan newspaper informs today (Thurs).
Serial killer survivor walks away alive after fall
An 85 year-old woman who survived the most cruel and notorious serial killer in Romania some 40 years ago, recently fell from the first floor of her apartment building and she walked away safe and sound, Cancan newspaper reports today (Thurs).
The son of Qatar Airlines BA beaten up in Romania
The son of the Board of Administration of Qatar Airlines Akbar Al Baker, was beaten up over the weekend at the launching party of a posh club in Mamaia, at the Romanian Black Sea shore, Cancan newspaper reports.
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A day after the Social Liberal Union (USL) legislators dismissed with a large majority of votes the two Speakers of the Parliament, the Union started today the procedures for the suspension and possible impeachment of President Traian Basescu. This is the second time when the Parliament asks for Basescuís suspension.
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