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SpaceX to build Mars spaceship prototypes in Texas

SpaceX said last week that it will build test versions of its Mars spaceship in south Texas instead of the Port of Los Angeles in another blow to the local economy that comes days after the company announced massive layoffs.

Spain: Taxi drivers threaten to take strike to French border

Taxi drivers striking to demand tighter regulations for companies using ride-hailing apps blocked traffic for another day in Spain’s two major cities yesterday, while threatening to take their protest to the French border.

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Driverless shuttle to make Utah debut at state Capitol

A driverless public shuttle is expected to make its Utah debut this year as state officials test the possibilities of autonomous vehicles.

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CES 2019: TV set maker LG makes its sets disappear

The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground as technology’s biggest trade event gets underway.

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Giving up gas: China’s Shenzhen switches to electric taxis

One of China’s major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet.

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• Video review and goal-line technology are coming to water polo to help the oldest Olympic team sport keep pace.

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China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

China launched a ground-breaking mission on Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the US.

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Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans

Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry.

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Hailing the future taxi: Drone-car mashup model takes flight

A scale model of a flying drone-car drove and hovered across an Amsterdam exhibition hall yesterday, providing a glimpse of what could be the future of urban mobility.

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Q&A on scientist’s bombshell claim of gene-edited babies

Designer babies might be here sooner than anyone reckoned. A Chinese researcher who says he created gene-edited babies crossed what most scientists consider a forbidden line.

Launches among the lobsters: Group eyes Maine for blast off

It might sound like a moonshot, but a group of science and space enthusiasts wants Maine to become America’s leader in sending tiny satellites into space.

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Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

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• A NASA spacecraft has made its first close approach to the sun, just 2 1/2 months after liftoff.

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NASA conducts quiet sonic boom tests near Texas Gulf Coast

NASA is monitoring how residents living near the Texas Gulf Coast react to quiet sonic booms as the space agency works on an experimental aircraft that could significantly reduce commercial flight times.

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