The Oregon State Digest

Cassie the bipedal robot completes 5K run

(Oregon State University) (CORVALLIS, Ore.) A robot named Cassie, invented by Oregon State University’s robotics department, has finished its first 5K run, FOX 12 reports. The robot was developed with a 16-month, $1 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, according to OSU. Cassie is the first bipedal robot to utilize machine learning to control a running gait on uneven, outdoor terrain.
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New sea otter pup arrives at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

(NEWPORT, Ore.) After a 3-week-old sea otter pup was found stranded in Asilomar State Marine Reserve in May, he has arrived at his new home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Earle the southern sea otter pup was cold, lethargic and weighed about 6.5 pounds when he was rescued. His mother wasn't located and it was unlikely that the pup would survive on his own.
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Oregon surpasses 200,000 total COVID-19 cases since beginning of pandemic

(SALEM, Ore.) On Thursday, Oregon surpassed 200,000 total COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, KOIN reports. There were 433 new cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday, bringing the total to 200,210. There were 21 new deaths reported, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,660. Currently 256 Oregonians are hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 68 of those patients in intensive care units.

Father, daughter rescued from cliff near Cape Arago by Coast Guard helicopter

(COOS BAY, Ore.) A father and daughter were rescued from a cliff near Cape Arago State Park by a Coast Guard helicopter Wednesday afternoon, KATU reports. Around 2 p.m., a woman reported to the Coast Guard Sector North Bend that her daughter and husband were stuck on a cliff and her husband had sustained an ankle injury. A MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew was conducting training nearby and was able to respond within two minutes of the call.

Roseburg man rescued after spending 17 nights lost in Umpqua National Forest

(DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore.) A 69-year-old man was found alive Sunday by search and rescue teams after being lost for 17 nights in Umpqua National Forest, KGW reports. At 10:15 p.m. on May 7, Harry Burleigh, of Roseburg, was reported missing after he didn’t return home from a camping trip in the Toketee area. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, he was expected to return home the day before.