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High school and college STEM students build electric cars for kids with disabilities for free

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A group of STEM students from Connecticut have come together to build electric carts from scratch and then give them to kids who use wheelchairs – for free. And the...

Save the bees (and time and money) by creating a bee lawn

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Flowering "bee lawns" that attract pollinators are a compromise between fastidious turf management and the more casual yard approach. They add biodiversity to the landscape and need less maintenance. That...

Sound waves bypass visual limitations to recognize human activity

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Video cameras continue to gain widespread use to monitor human activities for surveillance, health care, home use and more, but there are privacy and environmental limitations in how well they...

The power of empathy in product development

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What kind of potato chip would you create, and what would you name it, if you wanted to sell the product exclusively to pregnant women?

New mutations for herbicide resistance rarer than expected, study finds

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After exposing more than 70 million grain amaranth seeds to a soil-based herbicide, researchers were not able to find a single herbicide-resistant mutant. Though preliminary, the findings suggest that the...

MacKenzie Bezos pledges half her fortune to charity

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MacKenzie Bezos, who finalized her divorce from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year, is pledging to give away half her fortune to charity.

Army project develops agile scouting robots

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In a research project for the U.S. Army, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley developed an agile robot, called Salto that looks like a Star Wars Imperial walker in...

Walmart hires former Google, Amazon exec for new tech role

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Walmart has hired a tech veteran whose resume includes stints at Amazon, Microsoft and Google for a newly elevated position of chief technology officer and chief development officer.

Canadian lawmakers blast Facebook's execs for snub

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Canadian lawmakers have voted to serve a summons on Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg that would compel them to appear before them the next time either visits Canada.

The power of empathy in product development

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What kind of potato chip would you create, and what would you name it, if you wanted to sell the product exclusively to pregnant women?

Can Robots Help Pick Up after the Recycling Crisis?

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They will have to overcome the challenges of America’s convenient single-stream recycling system -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Beautiful Math

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A new book shows off spectacular works of art inspired by mathematical principles -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Gennaro Gattuso steps down as AC Milan manager

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Gennaro Gattuso has stepped down from his role as AC Milan's manager.

Look: New York police round up massive bee swarms

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Police in New York said thousands of bees were relocated from just outside an Urban Outfitters store in Manhattan on the same day that a massive swarm appeared on the...

Watch: Snake captured after being discovered in Florida man's toilet

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A Florida man received an unusual surprise in the bathroom when a ball python slithered out of his toilet and bit him on the hand.

Amadou Gallo Fall named president of the new Basketball Africa League

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The NBA announced Tuesday that Amadou Gallo Fall has been named president of the new Basketball Africa League.

Fifth-seed Zverev advances in French Open despite destroying racket

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Emotions got the better of fifth-seed Alexander Zverev Tuesday during his French Open victory over John Millman, with Zverev's racket paying the price.

In photos: Students compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Students from around the United States compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Md.

Serbia orders troops to ready after Kosovo raids, clashes

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Serbia put its troops on alert near the border with Kosovo on Tuesday after Kosovar authorities arrested more than 20 people in raids in a Serb-dominated region, officials said.

TSA updates medical marijuana policy to allow some CBD oil, hemp products

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The Transportation Security Administration altered its cannabis policy to allow FDA-approved medical marijuana and some forms of cannabidiol.

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant traveling to Toronto for Games 1 and 2

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Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant traveled with the team to Toronto on Tuesday for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals.

3 Questions: The fact finders

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When publication such as U.S. News and World Report roll out their annual university rankings, typically with MIT among the top schools listed, some may wonder where the data they’re based on actually...

Bringing human-like reasoning to driverless car navigation

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With aims of bringing more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles, MIT researchers have created a system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in new,...

Momentum Grows for Nuclear Thermal Space Propulsion

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With congressional funding and industry support, nuclear thermal propulsion technology is making progress for potential use on future NASA deep space missions.

Mathematicians Edge Closer to Solving a 'Million Dollar' Math Problem

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A new paper could end up being a big step toward solving one of the oldest unanswered puzzles in mathematics: Is the Riemann hypothesis correct?

In Russia’s Provinces, the Doctor Is in (the Streets)

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A new doctors’ union is organizing job actions and demanding greater pay than the $8,670 one surgeon said he was making.

Oklahoma Faces Off Against J & J in First Trial of an Opioid Maker

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With Purdue Pharma and Teva settling the case, the state sought to hold J & J responsible for the broader opioid crisis. The company argued that it operated responsibly and...

E.P.A. Experts Objected to ‘Misleading’ Agency Smog Decision, Emails Show

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One agency scientist expressed “disbelief” over a 2018 decision to exempt most of southeastern Wisconsin from federal limits on smog.