Disney World is about to get much more interesting.

Disney Research recently released a video of a new "humanoid robot" that can play catch and even juggle with people. As you'll see in the video below, the new, nameless robot is pretty cool.

The developers write that they use an external camera system to obtain the positions of colored balls and track a user's head. That helps the robot orient itself with the human. The robot then uses a filter to predict destination and timing, and it can catch the ball in its cupped hand.

Just for fun, the scientists gave the robot a few human-like expressions (shaking its head or shrugging, for example) to display when it misses the ball.

The scientists can even speed up the throwing/catching cycle so that the robot can "juggle" balls with a human.

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Unfortunately for baseball fans, these robots cannot yet play left field, although knowing Disney, that idea might not be too distant.

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Football players are nothing if not resilient. These men will play through heat, snow, rain and pretty much anything else Mother Nature throws at them.

While this endurance is admirable, and some of the most memorable football contests have come in unusual conditions, new research suggests playing in extreme weather could lead to increased risk of head injuries.

Over the past decade the helmet manufacturer Schutt, which produces the second-most popular brand of helmet in the NFL, has been shifting from traditional padding to Thermoplastic Urethane Cushioning (TPU). This material was first used in military helmets, and perhaps its signature claim is that it is more versatile than foam padding.

Glenn Beckman, director of marketing communications for Schutt, told Pro Football Weekly that the TPU Cushioning absorbs impact "more consistently" than foam padding.

Whereas foam padding hardens in cold weather and traps heat when temperatures rise, TPU Cushioning adapts to the conditions. This might prove especially helpful for players used to warm conditions. Wearing a helmet can trap heat and lead to a rise in body temperature, but Beckman says TPU Cushioning might help players avoid over-heating.

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"The cushions inside our helmets are open-sided," Beckman told Weather.com. "There's far less area that's covered, so there's more space between the cushions. So there's a lot of air flowing through there. One of our goals is to help players control their core body temperatures as much as they can to give the excess heat a place to escape and to let the body cool itself."

While less frequent than heat-related injuries, concussions are also a cause for concern among football players at all levels. Schutt claims that TPU Cushioning's increased protection is better suited to protect against concussions, but because so little is understood about brain trauma, even Schutt executives admit it is still difficult to come away with answers.

"I don't believe that there's any single one test that will tell you whether a helmet can stop a concussion," Robert Erb, President and CEO, told the New York Times in 2010. "We communicate with coaches, equipment managers and other people in the football community. We have years of experience, test different conditions, temperatures, putting the helmets through a variety of contexts to see if it has superior dampening ability for a range of impacts.”

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Man vs. Nature. It is one of the oldest literary conflicts.

A more modern interpretation may be football vs. the environment. To get even more specific, how about tailgating vs. recycling?

Bud Light, the official beer of the NFL, is settling the debate by combining the best of tailgating and recycling. In the weeks that led up to America Recycles Day last Thursday, Bud Light traveled to NFL stadiums across the country to advocate recycling.

The company brought a 21-foot goal post made of more than 125,000 recycled beer cans to each of its NFL stops. Fans could attempt to kick a ball through the uprights while receiving the message to recycle.

Actor, writer and comedian Damon Wayans Jr. from the hit TV show Happy Endings met the goal posts at its final stop in Los Angeles. "Make sure that you recycle," he said. "Don't have too much fun to where you forget it. Don't get too mad to where you throw something on the ground. If you get mad, throw it in something blue."

By the time ThePostGame caught up with Wayans, he had already kicked two field goals. Wayans Jr. did not consider himself the entertainment though. He got a kick out of others trying to make the field goal.

"I think it's really fun and it's cool to see people mess up, and cool to see people succeed," he said. "Really what it's doing is keeping people thinking about recycling on this day."

Wayans Jr. comes from a family line not known for sports, but rather comedy. His relatives include father Damon (My Wife and Kids), and uncles Keenan (director, Scary Movie), Shawn and Marlon (Scary Movie, White Chicks). Wayans Jr. was confident with his choice for the family's top athlete.

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When asked who in the Wayans family could kick a field goal, Wayans Jr. responded, "There's this guy, standing right in front of you."

Wayans Jr. was more than willing to critique his father and uncles' athletic abilities. When asked about the older generation of Wayans, he took a few more seconds to answer.

"My dad, maybe," he said after thinking. "Keenan could do it. He's like good at every sport. And then everybody else sucks. I'm not going to lie. They're all terrible at sports."

There may be a correlation between the comedic personalities of the Wayanes and their challenged athletic skills. Wayans Jr. cracks a laugh most of the time when his family attempts to participate in athletics.

"They're really funny, but they also do everything else funny. But like, against their will. They have terrible balance," he said.

Although football and tailgating may not be in Wayans Jr.'s blood, he is connected to recycling in another way: his name.

"My name is recycled. It's been used before," he said. His name Damon Kyle Wayans is the same full name as his father's full namename.

Wayans Jr. is in the middle of taping the third season of Happy Endings and plans to go on a comedy tour when taping ends in March. He is starring in the upcoming movie Someone Marry Barry alongside Tyler Labine and Lucy Punch.

Right now, Wayans Jr. is focused on recycling. "I'm going to recycle the heck out of the world right now," he says.

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Mountain bikers might soon be able to say goodbye to flat tires, as a Colorado-based designer recently unveiled a airless wheel that could revolutionize the sport.

Brian Russell, the same man who create airless tires for cars, is touting a new bicycle wheel that could eliminate a great deal of hassle for bikers. The new model is called the Energy Return Wheel (ERW), and the physics behind it are similar to the logic of a garage door:

"Even though a garage door weighs several hundred pounds, when it is sprung by the use of springs, it becomes de-weighted. So when you lift it, it only feels like it weighs a few pounds. In summary, an object that is sprung requires dramatically less energy to move than an unsprung object."

The tire consists of a layer of rubber wrapped around carbon nanotube-reinforced composite rods, which provide cushioning. The rods can be adjusted depending on the rider's preferences.

The rods stretch the rubber, which in turn stores elastic potential energy in the wheel, which creates a sort of 360-degree slingshot. As the wheel turns, that energy is released as forward momentum. Thus, not only does the wheel help riders avoid flats, it could also allow them to ride faster.

Russell has set his sights beyond bikes, and he hopes his tires can change the way automobiles operate. The ERW wheels would make cars more energy efficient; according to Russell, it would be like "riding on 4 slingshots."

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