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Alterations to seabed raise fears for future

The ocean floor as we know it is dissolving rapidly as a result of human activity. Normally the deep sea bottom is a chalky white. It’s composed, to a large extent, of the mineral calcite (CaCO3) formed from the skeletons and shells of many planktonic organisms and corals. The seafloor ...

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The Nuclear Power Plant of the Future May Be Floating Near Russia

Image The port of Murmansk, in far northwest Russia, is the site of a technologically advanced but potentially risky experiment: a floating nuclear power plant.CreditCreditMaxim Babenko for The New York Times The Nuclear Power Plant of the Future May Be Floating Near Russia Offshore reactors could be cheaper, safer and ...

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FedEx Follows Amazon Into the Robotic Future

Advertisement KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — As soon as the first robot arrived at a FedEx shipping hub in the heart of North Carolina tobacco country early last year, talk of pink slips was in the air. Workers had been driving the “tuggers” that navigated large and irregular items across the vast ...

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Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

Advertisement SEATTLE — The first clue that there’s something unusual about Amazon’s store of the future hits you right at the front door. It feels as if you are entering a subway station. A row of gates guard the entrance to the store, known as Amazon Go, allowing in only ...

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The Future of Weed Science Is a Van in Colorado

You enter the University of Colorado Boulder’s newest research laboratory through the side entrance. The door—which is heavy and white, with a black, jug-style handle—slides open from right to left. Crammed inside are a plain wooden dresser, two chairs, and a small desk, above which someone has taped a mediocre ...

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China Hastens the World Toward an Electric-Car Future

SHENZHEN, China — There is a powerful reason that automakers worldwide are speeding up their efforts to develop electric vehicles — and that reason is China. Propelled by vast amounts of government money and visions of dominating next-generation technologies, China has become the world’s biggest supporter of electric cars. That ...

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