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Added 15 July, 2018

While American cities are starting to ban plastic straws for ecological reasons, companies like McDonald's and Starbucks are proactively making changes to paper straws and other technologies. Starbucks has promised to end its use of plastic straws by 2020. The franchise will replace the straws with a new type of lid described as a “sippy cup”...

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Added 14 July, 2018

A roadside system that detects if a mobile phone is in use in a passing vehicle is being piloted in the UK. It is hoped it will act as a deterrent to people making calls behind the wheel. The technology picks up the phone signal in the vehicle and activates a roadside warning sign of a mobile with a red line through it. Using a directional...

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Added 13 July, 2018

Toyota is sponsoring the world's first autonomous hydrogen-powered ship on a six-year world tour. The specially adapted race boat, Energy Observer, uses solar, wind and wave-generated power – as well as carbon-free hydrogen generated from seawater. The base technology already exists for use on land, where it helps overcome the problem of...

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Added 11 July, 2018

With a 20 percent higher accuracy rate, an artificial intelligence (AI) machine trumped a group of human doctors in the world’s first competition between physicians and AI in neuroimaging. Named BioMind, the AI can assist doctors in checking CT and MRI images, which is the first of its kind. It is jointly developed by several organizations and...

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Added 6 July, 2018

Uber is looking at using artificial intelligence to determine if riders have had one beer too many, and then tailor its service accordingly. A patent application filed by the ridesharing company details how AI could be used to detect small changes in a rider’s behavior as they use the app to request an Uber. Titled “predicting user state using...

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Added 5 July, 2018

A partnership between US grocery retailer Albertson and medical tech company Genomind saw Genomind’s DNA testing kits made available to purchase at select Albertson stores. The test – called the Genecept Assay – helps determine how an individual will respond to different psychiatric medications by studying genes responsible for neurotransmitter...

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Added 26 June, 2018

Meet the Lander Treadmill Desk: a walking workstation that lets you work and stay active at the same time. It comes with the ThermoTread GT, which is a treadmill that fits in your office. The SteadyType Keyboard Tray has an ergonomic design and lets you type more comfortably. The Bluetooth controller lets you interact with the desk from your...

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Added 24 June, 2018

Millennials are dramatically disrupting the way food is produced, packaged, marketed and served. As a highly vocal group, Millennials have given food producers little option but to listen to their demands, resulting in changes to not only food choices, but farming techniques and restaurant services as well. These changes have reverberated...

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Added 23 June, 2018

DFW International Airport is now home to what's being touted as the first airport emergency room in the world. Along with doctors and nurses, the facility has CT scanners, a full lab, a pharmacy, and X-ray and ultrasound machines. “What we’re seeing a lot of is chest pain from arriving flights as far as the traveling public goes,” de Moor said...

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Added 20 June, 2018

From prostate surgery to gallbladder procedures, robots are already mainstays in the operating room. Now, they’re coming for your eyes. In 2016, researchers from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences kicked off a clinical trial to test the PRECEYES Surgical System, a robot designed to perform surgery on the...