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Added 7 June, 2018

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that, during a year-long test in 2016, researchers from Oak Ridge National Labs in Tennessee collected images and video of thousands of vehicles at two border crossings in Texas and Arizona. Because of the tests’ success, Customs and Border Protection will rolling it out on...

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Added 5 June, 2018

If you sit down to work at Unilever’s U.S. headquarters and you’re too cold or hot–or you’re working on a laptop and the lights above you are too bright–you can pull out an app on your phone and tweak the room’s settings. Throughout the building, 15,000 sensors also measure temperature, light, carbon dioxide, humidity, and who’s present in a...

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Added 4 June, 2018

Chipotle has started adding drive-thrus to restaurants — but it is a little bit different from how other fast-food chains operate: Instead of ordering at the window, customers need to order ahead via the Chipotle app or an online form. "When I went there was no line for the drive-thru," one five-star review from February reads. "I think word...

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Added 2 June, 2018

Bleisure, despite its unfortunate name, seems to be having a moment. More workers are doing what they actually want to during, before, and after business trips, and the travel industry is playing catch up to adapt to shifting trends. Expedia Group Media Solutions and Luth Research polled more than 2,500 business travelers from a variety of...

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Added 1 June, 2018

Microsoft is the latest tech company to try and tackle algorithmic bias — that is, artificial intelligence that was fed subpar data and came to mirror society’s own prejudices or unfair perspectives. The company wants to create a tool that will detect and alert people to AI algorithms that may be treating them based on their race or gender,...

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Added 31 May, 2018

Lots of trends have anti-trends, and beer is no exception. A few years ago it was all about high-alcohol IPAs. Now the pendulum is swinging the other way. One example is Big Drop Brewing which has added to its range of beers under 0.5% abv by launching a sour beer. Founder Rob Fink said: “While the style is a popular one with many existing...

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Added 26 May, 2018

A new project in The Hague offers residents free lot parking rather than on-street parking. The freed-up street space is still for use by residents’, albeit with a different purpose. Citizens willing to forego on-street parking may turn their space into whatever they like. The project is being tested on six streets in the council’s westerly...

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Added 25 May, 2018

San Diego-headquartered Petco, a leading specialty retailer of pet products and services with more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations in North America, has tapped Los Alamitos, California JustFoodForDogs to open hundreds of "stores within stores" with many of them featuring exhibition kitchens so customers can see how the food is...

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Added 21 May, 2018

Dutifully picking up where his carbon neutrality-aspiring predecessor left off, newly elected Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado made quite the pledge at his inauguration ceremony: by 2021 — the year of Costa Rica's bicentennial — the preternaturally happy Central American nation will have completely weaned itself off the use of fossil fuels...

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Added 18 May, 2018

Norway’s majestic fjords have become popular tourist attractions over the years. For example, more than 300.000 cruise passenger visited Geiranger last year and as a result of it, the local air pollution has become a periodical health hazard.

Now the Norwegian Parliament has acted to halt emissions from cruise ships and ferries in the...