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MIT’s NuTonomy aims to bring self-driving taxis to Singapore by 2018

NuTonomy is advancing driverless car technology on many fronts, including retrofitting cars in the U.S. and prepping a fleet of taxis for Singapore. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company is also testing driverless cars in the…
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Harvard scientists just figured out how to make their robotic bee 'perch' on objects to save energy

At less than four thousandths of an ounce, the RoboBee is tinier than a real bee, and small even for MAV standards. Its size enables the machine to perch on surfaces using electrostatic adhesion.
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Laser scan analysis reveals that trees ‘sleep’ at night, perk up to catch sunlight during day

Feel like the forest is closing in on you at night? That creepy feeling you experience may be more than just your imagination. A new research study from Hungary suggests our forest friends may be resting their limbs at night by allowing…

Police departments in smaller cities getting real-time street surveillance centers

High tech street surveillance centers are coming to smaller cities to fight crime. Often funded by drug forfeiture money and federal grants, the tech centers enable real-time information transfer to officers on the street.
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Some crazy California distillery is making vodka with San Francisco’s fog

Fog is familiar to Bay Area residents, whose days are often graced by the famous phenomenon. Now, thanks to Hangar 1’s Fog Point vodka, people from around the world can enjoy the low-hanging clouds late at night as well.
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Meet TWIRL, and the storm chasers who planted sensors in the heart of a twister

This spring, researchers will comb the central United States in search of tornadoes and purposely put themselves in harm's way. Why? To improve forecasts and lessen their destructive impact.
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When traffic snarls up, China’s street-straddling concept bus zooms above it all

How should we sustainably travel shorter distance across congested cities? An innovative public transport design, revisited over the weekend at the 19th international High-Tech Expo in Beijing, might provide a solution.
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Australian ranchers are turning to farm robots to manage livestock in the Outback

Lack of human resources and remarkable expanse of land in the outback has lead Australian engineers to develop a farmbot designed to herd and monitor livestock, while scanning the ground’s color and texture to determine the…

Is your dog feeling ill? Does he need to go potty? Tracy Trackers use AI to tell you

Tracy Trackers aren't your average pet wearable -- the device uses artificial intelligence to monitor your dog's sleeping, eating, and drinking patterns to give you an overview of your dog's health. The best part? It gets better…

Researchers break wireless bandwidth record with 6-gigabit connection

A German research team has broken new ground in wireless data communication by achieving the highest transmission rate to date while beaming information across a span of 23 miles.

OtterBox jumps on the modular train with a stylish iPhone case

OtterBox is doing something different with its new Universe Case System: modules. It still offers some decent protection, but swapping out upgrades is the priority. The amount of module support puts LG's G5 and Friends platform to shame.

Cirrent will connect your smart home devices to the internet right out of the box

Launching this week at Connections in San Francisco, Cirrent's new service allows for easier and safer Wi-Fi connections for smart home products. The company offers quick connections as soon as a device is unboxed.