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Technology Could Help Whales Threatened by Noise Pollution
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Technology Could Help Whales Threatened by Noise Pollution

Researchers have developed software to prevent whale deaths caused by underwater noise pollution interfering with their echolocation.

NASA Webb Space Telescope Data Could Be Misinterpreted
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NASA Webb Space Telescope Data Could Be Misinterpreted

Scientists warn of a possible disconnect between the power of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's James Webb Space Telescope and current datasets...

Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks
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Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks

The OceanOneK robot built by Stanford University researchers is exploring shipwrecks and sunken planes on the ocean floor.

How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'
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How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'

So far this year, there have been multiple lawsuits filed against prominent tech companies for their alleged use of dark patterns to deceive users.

Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions
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Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions

Luxury brands are using blockchain technology to shield their products from counterfeiting.

Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts
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Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts

Civilians in Ukraine are recording three-dimensional models of artifacts in a permanent digital archive as part of Backup Ukraine, a project to save the country's...

Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas
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Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas

The Digital Panda System was designed to protect the habitat of giant pandas by detecting wildfires where they live and notifying emergency crews to intercede quickly...

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."

Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age
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Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age

An international study suggests the eye's retina could determine a person's true biological age.

Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely
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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against...

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.

China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code
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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for a uniform set of policies and standards to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the global economy during the pandemic...

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation
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26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation

BACE Group CEO Charlette N'Guessan, 26, is the first woman named to receive the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

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.

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
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Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

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
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