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Vertical Take-off Drone Goes Where No Helicopter Dares

An autonomous vehicle the size of a car could revolutionize aviation by flying in areas currently inaccessible to aircraft, according to its Israeli developers. Faith Lapidus reports.

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Astronauts’ No. 1 New Year’s Resolution: Ace Spacewalks

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA — Astronauts up on the International Space Station are starting the new year with a pair of spacewalks.
Commander Shane Kimbrough said Tuesday his resolution for the new year is to ace the spacewalks ..

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Israel’s ‘Flying Car’ Passenger Drone Moves Closer to Delivery

YAVNE, ISRAEL — After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it will finally get its 1,500-kg (1.5-ton) passenger-carrying drone off the ground and into the market by 2020.
The Cormorant, billed as a fly..

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Robot Finds Colorful Life Under Antarctic Ice

Beneath the ice at the South Pole, an underwater robot has observed an explosion of colorful sea life. VOA's Steve Baragona brings us a look.

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Artificial Intelligence Tops Tech Advances in 2016

Technology had important advances and a few setbacks in 2016. Self-driving cars began appearing, while private space exploration firms saw their rockets explode on launch pads. Still, technology keeps promising a better futur..

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Cuba Allows Home Internet in Small Experiment

HAVANA — Downtown Havana resident Margarita Marquez says she received a special Christmas gift this year: web access at home, a rarity in a country with one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world.
Marquez, a 6..

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Robot Pepper Amuses Shoppers, But How Practical Is It?

SAN FRANCISCO — While merrily chirping, dancing and posing for selfies, a robot named Pepper looks like another expensive toy at a San Francisco mall. But don't dismiss it as mere child's play.
Pepper embodies the ..

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Amazon Flying Warehouse Patent Revealed

Online retailer Amazon’s aspirations for the use of drones appear to go far beyond individual deliveries by flying robots.
According to a patent filing, the company may be looking to develop huge “airborne fulfillment center..

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3-D Printing Makes Better Tools for Myanmar Farmers

As Myanmar emerges from years of isolation under a military dictatorship, new technologies are entering the country that aim to improve the lives of its citizens. One nonprofit is using 3-D printing to bring better tools to t..

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3D Printing Makes Better Tools for Myanmar Farmers

As Myanmar emerges from years of isolation under a military dictatorship, new technologies are entering the country that aim to improve the lives of its citizens. One nonprofit is using 3D printing to bring better tools to th..

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Big Year for the Big Bang… A Look at Space: 2016

The world looks pretty amazing from way up there. Stars and comets and moons and what not. And in true 2016 fashion, no good news comes without the bad. Arash Arabasadi takes us on a tour of the best views in the known univer..

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Tiny Drug Factories Powered by Sunlight

Tiny factories powered by the light of the sun. The idea is science fiction, now on the verge of becoming a reality thanks to some enterprising researchers in the Netherlands. They copied the best solar collector in nature an..

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Autonomous Drones Ready to Take Over Security

Consider the hapless night watchman. In every Hollywood movie, he's the first to be targeted as the hero quietly infiltrates the bad guys' headquarters. Well, all those sleepy bored, camera watchers may be about to ..

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Young Innovators Find Recipe for Success in Pittsburgh

A garage, one or two assistants, and a stunning idea. This is how the innovators of many successful American companies started. The same idea is being used to create a work environment for young innovators in Pittsburgh. Cust..

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Dogs’ Noses May Improve Bomb-Sniffing Devices

We all know that dogs' noses are much better than ours. Not only do canines have 50 times more olfactory receptors than humans, they also have a much better technique for inhaling samples of air. Scientists at the U.S. N..