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Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops
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Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops

Dutch farmers are adopting palm-sized drones to protect their crops against moths.

GM to Run Driverless Cars in San Francisco Without Human Backups
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GM to Run Driverless Cars in San Francisco Without Human Backups

General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit said it will remove human backup drivers from the driverless vehicles it is testing on San Francisco streets by year's...

Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19
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Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19

Restaurant chains are testing the use of cooking robots.

Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots
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Activists Cite Tabulation Flaw in Georgia Mail-In Ballots

Thousands of votes in Georgia's primary may not have been counted, due to faulty software or poorly calibrated scanners used to count mailed ballots.

Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus
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Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus

Some restaurants in the Netherlands preparing to reopen in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are planning to use robot waiters.

In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders
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In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

SK Telecom operates an artificial intelligence-powered network of voice-enabled "smart" speakers to monitor thousands of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic...

Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears
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Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears

Teams of workers at the Belgian port of Antwerp are preparing to test a bracelet designed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic by enforcing social distancing...

Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned
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Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new voting machines are reliable, considering them almost as risky as earlier discredited electronic...

U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge in Fight to Survive
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U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge in Fight to Survive

U.S. dairy farmers are using technology to boost efficiency and control costs amid low milk prices and Americans buying less milk. 

'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors
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'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors

Recent movies have made extensive use of digital visual effects to make performers appear younger.

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On
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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On

Wearable fitness trackers are helping make online physical education more popular for students by adding the dimension of accountability.

Tech Aims to Predict Problems on Power Lines Before Disaster
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Tech Aims to Predict Problems on Power Lines Before Disaster

A new diagnostic tool designed to detect power line problems is being used by utilities to address those problems before they become disasters.

AI Moves Into Healthcare
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AI Moves Into Healthcare

Artificial intelligence's diffusion into medicine is at a nascent stage, but researchers expect further proliferation.

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat
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Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

New medical technologies competing with the two-century-old stethoscope include handheld devices that use ultrasound, artificial intelligence (AI), and smartphone...

Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones
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Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to catch distracted drivers on their smartphones.

NASA Chooses MS­ Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon
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NASA Chooses MS­ Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon

A radiation-hardened computer designed by Montana State University researchers was chosen by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to be tested...

­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V
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­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices
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Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices

Hyundai and Subaru unveiled distracted driver alert systems for their mainstream models last month at the New York International Auto Show.

NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities
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NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has initiated the last stage of a four-year project to develop a national drone traffic management system...
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