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Alabama Woman Stuck In NYC Traffic In 1902 Invented The Windshield Wiper

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Apple Unveils New Emoji Designs — Including T. Rex And A Zombie

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?

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Anthony Rowe, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wants bikes to feed information to nearby cars to avoid collisions. His bike is fitted with an array of precise instruments and a battery hidden in the water bottle. Margaret J. Krauss/WESA hide caption

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Bikes May Have To Talk To Self-Driving Cars For Safety's Sake

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Creating A 'Dadbot' To Talk With A Dead Father

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Sing Different: Steve Jobs' Life Becomes An Opera

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A Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in Boston in May. Will it be the next robot to question its existence? Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

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Morris Kesler, chief technology officer at WiTricity, shows how a wireless charging pad can be installed on a table. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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A Future Of Gadgets Without Power Cords? Not So Fast

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In Rural Oregon, Efforts To Bring In Large Data Centers Raise Housing Costs

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Justice Department Announces Seizure Of Dark Web Marketplace

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the takedown of AlphaBay, a massive darknet marketplace "used to sell deadly illegal drugs" and procure stolen and counterfeit goods, according to the Justice Department. He delivered the news to reporters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Congress Struggles To Keep Up With Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

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Artificial intelligence poses an existential risk to human civilization, Elon Musk (right) told the National Governors Association meeting Saturday in Providence, R.I. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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