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Walgreens Replaced Some Fridge Doors with Screens; Some Shoppers Absolutely Hate It
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Walgreens Replaced Some Fridge Doors with Screens; Some Shoppers Absolutely Hate It

Some customers are furious with Walgreens and other retailers’ replacement of clear fridge and freezer doors with iPad-like screens displaying items within.

High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports
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High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports

Custom-built, high-speed racing drones are being used to film the Natural Selection Tour, the first time such technology has been used in live broadcast.

Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows
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Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows

India's Stellapps Technologies has come up with what CEO Ranjith Mukundan describes as "a device which is like a Fitbit for cattle."

Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.
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Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.

A Virginia family purchased Habitat for Humanity's first 3D-printed home in the U.S., constructed in partnership with 3D printing company Alquist.

Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'
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Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'

A July 2020 drone crash was the first known case of a "modified unmanned aircraft system likely being used in the U.S. to specifically target energy infrastructure...

More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital
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More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital

Over 50 robots are working at Singapore's Changi General Hospital, performing activities ranging from surgery to administrative activities.

Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car
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Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car

Pizza chain Domino's has launched a robot car pizza delivery service to select customers in Houston's Woodland Heights neighborhood.

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries
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Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries

A dinosaur's brain reconstructed through advanced imaging and three-dimensional modeling suggests the sauropod may have been bipedal and occasionally carnivorous...

Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat
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Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands created the world's smallest boat using an electron microscope and a high-resolution three-dimensional printer...

AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data
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AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

Machine learning artificial intelligence found 50 new planets by mining old data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI
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Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI

The Royal Australian Air Force has received a prototype of a jet-powered drone that Boeing Australia said will use artificial intelligence to "fly independently...

Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus
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Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus

Local grocers and large supermarket chains are deploying robots to clean floors, stock shelves, and deliver groceries during the coronavirus pandemic

IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research
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IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research

IBM will help coordinate an initiative to supply more than 330 petaflops of computing power to scientists researching COVID-19.

Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030
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Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030

A study by Oxford Economics anticipates machines will replace human workers in about 20 million manufacturing jobs across the world over the next decade.

If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI
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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating...

Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online
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Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online

Artificial intelligence can identify people in pictures, find the next TV series you should binge watch on Netflix, and even drive a car.

FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says
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FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not sufficiently protecting medical devices from being hacked, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion into Artificial Intelligence
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The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion into Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon's high-tech research agency laid the groundwork for the Internet, stealth aircraft and self-driving cars. Now, it's going big on artificial intelligence...

The Billion Dollar War Over Maps
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The Billion Dollar War Over Maps

During a test drive near Ford's Michigan headquarters, the team noticed something strange with its self-driving cars.
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