Robot baristas are latest front in S. Korea automation push
Jun07

Robot baristas are latest front in S. Korea automation push

Are robot baristas the future of South Korea’s vibrant coffee culture? Dal.komm Coffee thinks so. The company now has 45 robot-equipped outlets in shopping malls, company cafeterias, schools and an airport. Coffee is just one of many industries that could be transformed by automated services in this tech-forward nation, a notion both exciting and worrisome as jobs become scarcer. South Korean industries, including restaurants,...

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Automakers urge California, US to restart mileage talks
Jun07

Automakers urge California, US to restart mileage talks

Major automobile manufacturers urged the Trump administration and California on Thursday to restart negotiations over vehicle mileage standards to prevent a lengthy legal battle, warning that moving ahead with two sets of standards would create instability in the auto market. “What works best for consumers, communities, and the millions of U.S. employees that work in the auto industry is one national standard that is practical,...

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US court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights
Jun07

US court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights

In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday with whether climate change violates the constitutional rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels. A Justice Department attorney warned three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing the case to go to trial would be unprecedented and open the doors to more lawsuits. “This case...

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Police use of DNA leads to backlash, changes to big database
Jun07

Police use of DNA leads to backlash, changes to big database

After California detectives used a popular online DNA database to track down a suspect in the decades-old Golden State Killer slayings, other police agencies quickly adopted the same technique. Since that case was cracked last year, at least 50 other killings and rapes have been solved nationwide by using partial DNA matches to find suspects’ relatives, whose identities can lead to arrests. But complaints about invasion of...

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France’s Macron to promote climate effort at G-7 summit
Jun07

France’s Macron to promote climate effort at G-7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron wants an August summit of the Group of Seven advanced economies to take concrete initiatives on climate change despite divergences with the United States on the issue. Macron said that President Donald Trump’s presence at the G-7 summit of Biarritz, in southwestern France, is not being questioned. Macron was speaking Friday at a news conference in Paris alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin...

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