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Added 15 September, 2018

Insurer AXA launched Fizzy, starting in Italy and France, a flight insurance that uses blockchain technology to automatically refund travelers for delayed flights. Customers can purchase a Fizzy policy up to 15 days before their flight. Fizzy records flight details on the blockchain, calculates risk of delay, and charges accordingly. If the...

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Added 27 August, 2018

The Norwegian fertilizer giant Yara on Wednesday signed off on the world’s first electric and self-propelled container ship — the so-called Tesla of the seas — in a landmark in the development of autonomous shipping. The vessel, a collaboration between Yara, the engineering company Kongsberg, and Vard, has received some 133.6m NOK from the...

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Added 17 August, 2018

Recycle Track Systems, dubbed the ‘Uber for trash,’ started in New York in 2014 and have quietly been picking up traction. RTS has a phone app that gives users the ability to schedule on-demand pick-ups for larger items like furniture, along with offering regularly scheduled pickups as well for trash, recycling, and compost. When you schedule a...

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Added 14 August, 2018

Full-blown automation may be the future of manufacturing, but we’re not there yet. While some machines have taken over the more painstaking tasks on the factory floor, humans still play a vital role in the production line. But often, it isn’t easy work. Tasks typically require being on one’s feet, and some even involve making repetitive arm...

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Added 25 July, 2018

Rio Tinto’s fully autonomous train, said to be the world’s largest robot, has completed its first delivery of iron ore between the company’s Mount Tom Price mine and the port of Cape Lambert. The “significant milestone” in Rio’s $940 million Autohaul project was reached when the train consisting of three locomotives and carrying around 28,000...

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Added 24 July, 2018

Chinese state-backed companies are making heavy investments in U.S. hyperloop startups Arrivo and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, lining up $1 billion and $300 million in credit respectively. Both companies are planning something big, although their approaches differ in some key ways. Transport company Arrivo is focusing on relieving...

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Added 23 July, 2018

Top European investors Atomico and Index Ventures have separately made bets on two US electric scooter startups, hoping to win big on the buzzy trend before it takes off globally. Atomico has invested an undisclosed amount in Lime, while Index Ventures led Bird's $100 million Series B round earlier this year. Bird and Lime are both...

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Added 23 July, 2018

Every day can be Bring Your Child to Work day at co-working spaces designed specifically for the working mom in mind. The cultural conversation about equality in the workplace has pushed the issue of childcare to the forefront, and these brands are responding by creating work environments where women can pursue their careers knowing their...

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Added 3 July, 2018

A rooftop in New York city might not sound like the best place for a vineyard but the founders of Rooftop Reds in Brooklyn are out to silence the sceptics.

Their building gives them space for 42 vine boxes. They had their first harvest last October, and according to founder Devin Shomaker, they have embraced the urban environment.

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Added 2 July, 2018

Google has invested 22 million dollars into KaiOS, a company that has become a major player in the not-quite-so-smart smartphone market. KaiOS makes an operating system of the same name for utility phones and other devices that can run some apps, but are more similar to the flip phones of old. Phones that run KaiOS will now support Google...