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Christian Science Monitor | Innovation



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Momentum is building for electric cars, but where will they recharge?

Rising government fuel economy standards and climate concerns have spurred the production of electric cars. But a lack of affordable and standardized charging stations hinders their practical use.

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New alliances signal strategic shift in autonomous car race

In an effort to accelerate production of the first self-driving cars, major car manufacturers are beginning to negotiate mergers and partnerships with suppliers as well as tech companies. 

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Chinese chatbots go rogue on political matters

Two online conversational robots using artificial intelligence (AI) appeared to defame their mother country and were quickly re-educated, though veering off-script isn’t a new phenomenon for AI chatbots.  

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Australia to tourists: come drive your electric car along the Great Barrier Reef

Australia unveils plans to build a superhighway that supports electric cars and will stretch 1,118 miles alongside the endangered natural wonder.

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Britain to ban gasoline and diesel car sales by 2040

Britain goes a step farther than other major urban centers across Europe that have announced plans ban diesel vehicles from city limits by ending the production line altogether.

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New York to test a 'textalyzer' to curb cellphone related traffic accidents

New York considers a new technology that would allow law enforcement to determine whether drivers in crashes were texting.  

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‘Bot vs. Bot:’ Texas professors to develop fake-news-fighting software

Motivated by the threat fake news poses to national security, Texas professors are teaming up to write code for detecting false claims lurking on the internet. 

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1 kit, 4 months,157 countries: Robotics competition gets girls excited for STEM

Students convened in Washington, D.C., this week for the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge. Meet some of the girls from Egypt, Liberia, and Ghana who came ready to compete. 

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NBC aims for new viewers with twice-per-day news show on Snapchat

In an effort to appeal to young news consumers, Comcast Corp's NBC News announced Wednesday its plan to launch a daily news program on Snapchat, an app that the average user visits 18 times a day.

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With Trump's help, Afghan girls surmount visa obstacles to participate in US robotics contest

Six Afghan girls have been granted entry to the United States to participate in the annual international robotics challenge after being denied twice previously, sparking an international backlash.

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Autonomous vehicle legislation soon to appear in House

New bills that would limit state regulations on self-driving vehicles and prevent the National highway Traffic Safety Administration from pre-approving autonomous vehicle technologies are expected to show up in the House this week. 

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Bad behavior is normalized online, spreading 'digital nastiness'

Social media has become a platform for bad behavior, exemplified by celebrities and political leaders alike. Experts say cyber incivility is affecting social interactions in real life.

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Should a self-driving car ever run people over on purpose?

In a world of self-driving cars, collisions will be rare, but occasionally unavoidable. How do we program them to ensure that they are making the most ethical decisions?

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North Korea missile test: How big a technological breakthrough?

North Korea's missile test on Tuesday suggests the rogue nation may have dramatically expanded its missile range. They can't yet reach the continental United States, but doing so is only a matter of time, defense experts say.

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Cyberattack may be more than mere moneymaker, evidence suggests

In the aftermath of a malicious software attack that affected companies worldwide on Tuesday, analysis of the culpable code as well as recent events have led experts to believe that the attack may have been more malicious than a mere ransomware theft.

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Can we restore civility to Washington policy debates?

In many policy debates, the discussion has shifted from criticizing ideas to questioning motives. Can policymakers find their way back to civility?

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Cyberwar's new front: What we know about latest global attacks

With two major 'ransomware' outbreaks in as many months, WannaCry and Petya represent a new breed of attacks: malware drawing on NSA-developed cyber weapons let loose by an antagonistic and formidable hacking group. 

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In terror fight, tech companies caught between US and European ideals

Amid European pressure to crack down on terrorist content, US-based tech companies struggle to strike a balance between American and European concepts of censorship and freedom of speech.

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Facebook wants to shift its focus to 'meaningful' online communities and connections

In the Facebook Communities Summit Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg moderated a panel to discuss the potential for social media to 'build community' across the world.

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China sees quantum leap in secure telecommunications technology

Will the citizens of the future connect through a ‘global quantum communication network?’ Time will tell, though China’s breakthrough in quantum satellite communication technology is a promising start. 

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