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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.

These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee
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These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee

Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Kaye Chon said the pandemic-related exodus from the hospitality industry has contributed to an increase in the use of robots...

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...

He Dropped Out of School to Learn Robotics. Now He's Teaching STEM Across Ghana
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He Dropped Out of School to Learn Robotics. Now He's Teaching STEM Across Ghana

Jonathan Kennedy Sowah founded a tech club that became InovTech STEM Center, which travels to schools across Ghana to teach students and teachers STEM subjects...

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...

What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10
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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

Retail giant Target has deployed fingernail-painting robots manufactured by the Clockwork company at three stores in California and Minnesota.

Elon Musk Buys 9.2% Stake in Twitter, Making Him the Largest Shareholder
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Elon Musk Buys 9.2% Stake in Twitter, Making Him the Largest Shareholder

A stake of less than 10% in a company is considered "passive" by Wall Street, but it could signal an effort by Musk to take a more active role in how Twitter is...

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.

Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR
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Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR

More schools and universities are conducting classes in virtual reality, especially given the availability of better and less expensive VR headsets.

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."

How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech
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How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech

Wearable technology is being used by an increasing number of athletes to record their physical performance and push themselves to achieve more.

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.

World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say
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World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say

The C-shaped parent xenobots collect and compress loose stem cells together into piles which can mature into offspring.

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

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...

AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life
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AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life

Artificial intelligence, advanced imaging, and three-dimensional printing revealed the portrait of a nude woman hidden beneath the surface of a Picasso painting...
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