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U.S. Port Labor Talks Turn on Automation Cutting Workers

Bloomberg News West Coast shippers and dockworkers are struggling to reach a labor agreement as terminal operators replace as many as half of laborers at some ports with robots in the largest technological change in half a century.

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Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says

As if self-driving cars, balloon-carried internet, or the eradication of death weren't ambitious enough projects, Google CEO Larry Page has apparently been working behind the scenes to set up even bolder tasks for his company.

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The next frontier in 3-D printing: Human organs

(CNN) -- The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food. Soon, however, 3-D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs.

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By 2100 humans could live in 'space cities' that orbit Earth

Humans are now spread across all corners of the globe, but what's the next step? According to Dr Al Globus, a Nasa contractor and space settlement expert, he says the next logical move is to colonise Earth orbit. And, he says barring any major national disasters, we could soon have huge habitats floating around the...

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IEEE standards group wants to bring order to IoT

The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to build a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies. IEEE P2413, which the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers officially started work on in July, would form a framework for interoperability among connected devices and related applications in home automation, industrial systems, telematics and all other sectors that are expected to use IoT in the coming years.

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5 startups that could radically transform the world around us - Tech City News

Some startups are useful, some are beautiful, and some are pointless - I'm looking at you, Yo! Then, there are some design ideas that have the potential to radically change our futures. These are creations that 15 years ago you wouldn't have dreamed possible.

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This smart vest wants to help deaf people hear

Some wearables track your fitness progress; others, whether you have any incoming calls or text messages. One wearable in development, however, wouldn't just screen your calls or help you lose a few pounds: It would literally restore your entire sense of sound.

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Transplanted Genes Could Help Boost Food Production | MIT Technology Review

Two down, one to go. Researchers have completed the second of three major steps needed to turbocharge photosynthesis in crops such as wheat and rice, something that could boost yields by around 36 to 60 percent for many plants. Because it's more efficient, the new photosynthesis method could also cut the amount of fertilizer and water needed to grow food.

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Elon Musk: A thermostat-sized box may one day power your house

By NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - It's easy to get lost in the numbers that swirl around a project as massive as Tesla's $5 billion gigafactory. But by sitting back and looking outside of the box, the potential ground-level benefits of such an immense factory begin to set in.

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China unveils world's largest supercollider

Beijing, China - Chinese scientists are racing to complete plans for a supergiant particle collider that, when built, will dwarf every other accelerator on the planet. The underground particle-smashing ring aims to be at least twice the size of the globe's current leading collider - the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) outside Geneva.

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Shared Automation - Up to 90% Reduction in Vehicles

Removing up to 9 of every 10 cars from the road is the promise of sharing automated vehicles, according to University of Texas, Austin research from Dan Fagnant and Dr. Kara Kockelman. In the above interview, Fagnant, now an assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Utah, discusses what he means by Shared Automated Vehicle (SAV).

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Can a Robot Be Your Boss? -- Knowledge@Wharton

Meet the new boss. She never plays favorites and doesn't partake in office gossip. She gives clear directions. At performance review time she offers valuable observations and backs them up with examples. She is perfect. Well, almost.

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The ultimate comeback: Bringing the dead back to life

"When you are at 10C, with no brain activity, no heartbeat, no blood - everyone would agree that you're dead," says Peter Rhee at the University of Arizona, Tucson. "But we can still bring you back." Rhee isn't exaggerating.

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