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Worms, water fleas and bacteria could bring clean water to remote areas

An estimated 2.3 billion people around the globe are without basic sanitation, while 844 million do not have access to clean water, despite both being considered as key human rights. Even in Europe an estimated 62 million people lack access to adequate sanitation and 14 million are without a basic drinking water source.

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Nearly 400 Investors With $32 Trillion In Assets Step Up Climate Action To Support Paris Agreement

Climate Change Nearly 400 investors with assets worth $32 trillion announced The Investor Agenda last week, a first-of-its-kind global agenda aimed at demonstrating and supporting investors in accelerating and scaling-up actions critical to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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EU must end new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 to meet climate targets - report

Automotive industry risks blowing its carbon budget within 10 years without drastic change, analysis shows

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This Smart Exosuit Is So Smart You Forget You're Wearing a Robot

Wearable technology took a huge step forward last week after researchers at Harvard developed a wearable exosuit. It's light enough for real people to wear, and can help firefighters carry heavy loads or people with disabilities or limited mobility walk around.

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A Japanese Probe Is About to Drop Two Hopping Robots Onto Asteroid Ryugu

A Japanese asteroid-sampling probe is about to get up close and personal with its target space rock. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft will drop two tiny rovers onto the asteroid Ryugu this week, possibly as early as Thursday (Sept. 20), if all goes according to plan. The Hayabusa2 team began prepping seriously for the epic maneuver last week.

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Wave-particle interactions allow collision-free energy transfer in space plasma

The Earth's magnetosphere contains plasma, an ionized gas composed of positive ions and negative electrons. The motion of these charged plasma particles is controlled by electromagnetic fields. The energy transfer processes ...

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Can We Make Artificial Intelligence Accountable?

Lack of AI explainability is a major problem and is limiting adoption in crucial sectors like healthcare and law. IBM may have made a major step towards tackling this issue, announcing today a software service to detect bias in AI models and track the decision-making process.

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To Stop Overfishing in International Waters, Researchers Are Using Birds as Spies

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. The high seas are probably the most lawless place left on Earth. They're a portal back in time to the way the world looked for most of our history: fierce and open competition for resources and contested territories.

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The role of corporations in addressing AI's ethical dilemmas

The world is seeing extraordinary advances in artificial intelligence. There are new applications in finance, defense, health care, criminal justice, and education, among other areas. 1 Algorithms are improving spell-checkers, voice recognition systems, ad targeting, and fraud detection.

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Soft wearable exosuit automatically tunes its assistance levels on the fly

What's most impressive about the upgrade, however, is an ability to quickly personalize the amount of assistance provided, depending on the actions of the user. Last year, the team was able actually quantify the amount of energy the suit was saving wearers, but has now taken things a step further by enabling it to automatically make adjustments to optimize performance.

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Satellite uses giant net to trap spinning bit of space junk

The RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft captured a probe in a demonstration of space debris cleanup. The space landfill: Earth's orbit is full of space junk. Right now there are about 8,000 man-made objects floating around our planet being tracked by the US Department of Defense's Space Surveillance Network.

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Future robo-taxis could charge themselves and help balance the electric grid

Electric robo-taxis are a real possibility. Trends in transportation, energy, and demographics indicate that future vehicles will operate autonomously, run on electricity rather than fossil fuels, and be shared instead of privately owned. But before everyone can carpool in self-driving electric cars, we need places to charge them.

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This is why the Port of Los Angeles is getting $41 million to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions with hydrogen fuel-cell trucks

The Port of Los Angeles was awarded $41 million from the California Air Resources Board for a project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the use of hydrogen fuel-cell trucks. The Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project has an initial phase cost of more than $85 million, with its partners providing 50.2 percent in matching funds, according to the announcement last week.

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Amazon is reportedly planning up to 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021

David Ryder / Stringer | Getty Images Amazon is reportedly planning to open 3,000 of its cashierless stores by 2021, Bloomberg said on Wednesday, planning a major push into retail as it continues to scale its online platform. The e-commerce giant currently has three locations open in Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered, and just this past week opened a location in Chicago.

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