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Meet MOIA, VW’s grand plan to make Millennial customers

Meet MOIA, VW’s grand plan to make Millennial customers

Millennials don't want to buy cars, at least that's what the research says, and so Volkswagen's new mobility services company is aiming to keep the automaker relevant. Dubbed MOIA, the startup will be a standalone company based in Berlin, Germany, focused on figuring out how VW's products can coexist in a world where ride-sharing, app-controlled transportation, and decreasing car ownership threaten traditional car firms. First up, Uber-style taxi alternatives.

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Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Uber has just revealed its latest push into artificial intelligence, opening Uber AI Labs and giving it an instant team by acquiring a specialist startup in the field. The company, best known for its ride-sharing platform, has been pushing into AI as part of its self-driving car research for some time. Now, it's setting those efforts up in a standalone division.

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Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Medical researchers in California have made a breakthrough in understanding Parkinson's disease. The discovery was made while performing animal research and a direct link between the brain disorder and a bacteria living in the gut has been found. The scientists hope that the discovery could someday lead to new treatments for the disease by focusing drugs on killing the gut bacteria or via the use of probiotics.

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Nestle finally does something right, unveils chocolate breakthrough

Nestle finally does something right, unveils chocolate breakthrough

Many people have very strong — very negative — opinions about Nestle, and arguably for good reason. That's neither here nor there, though. The company has just announced something that it calls a scientific breakthrough: the ability to produce chocolate with 40-percent less sugar but no discernible change in flavor. The breakthrough features a sugar structure 'inspired by nature.'

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(RED) Apple grows as new products and Apple Pay fund AIDS research

(RED) Apple grows as new products and Apple Pay fund AIDS research

Apple is marking World AIDS Day with a bevy of new products that also mark its ten year anniversary of partnering with (RED). Four new accessories - including an iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case now available in the appeal's distinctive hue - have been added to the Cupertino company's range ahead of the holidays, while Apple will also donate a portion of Apple Pay transactions to the fund. It's not all digital, mind: Apple Stores across five continents will be running (RED) promotions.

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Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford is set to expand its real-world autonomous vehicle testing, kicking off on-the-road trials in Europe next year. The expansion builds on Ford's existing project in North America, where the automaker has already announced it aims to launch a self-driving rideshare scheme by 2021. Now, just like an American driver taking a local driving test while abroad, Ford's technology has to get to grips with foreign roads.

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Battery breakthrough uses nuclear waste and man-made diamond to generate electricity

Battery breakthrough uses nuclear waste and man-made diamond to generate electricity

A new technology for creating batteries has been developed that might help eliminate some of the problems we have today with what to do with nuclear waste. The new battery could eliminate some of that nuclear waste while creating clean energy that can be used for many devices. The new technology involves the use of man-made diamond placed in a radioactive field.

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NASA’s plucky Cassini is about to buzz Saturn’s epic rings

NASA’s plucky Cassini is about to buzz Saturn’s epic rings

It's been a whirlwind adventure for NASA's Cassini spacecraft, beaming back incredible photos from Saturn over the past years, but its most exciting mission is almost upon us. The research probe has been surveying Saturn from different angles since 2004, along the way capturing shots of its moons and more, but now it's the turn of the planet's most notorious feature to get some attention. Cassini is about to buzz Saturn's rings.

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NASA: Mars’ hidden ice deposit has as much water as Lake Superior

NASA: Mars’ hidden ice deposit has as much water as Lake Superior

According to NASA, Mars is home to an ice deposit that has about as much water as Lake Superior. The ice deposit was found using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s ground-penetrating radar, says the space agency, with the deposit itself being located in the planet’s Utopia Planitia region. The sheet of soil covering the ice deposit prevents it from being turned into water vapor.

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MIT creates bendable artificial muscle fibers from nylon

MIT creates bendable artificial muscle fibers from nylon

Scientists have been trying to create fibers that could flex like human muscles for a long time with varying degrees of success. MIT scientists have created materials that are able to contract and expand in a manner similar to human muscle fibers that have many potential applications. These nylon fibers could find use in robotics, automotive, and aviation industries. The MIT breakthrough is on of the simplest and cheapest systems developed so far.

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Flexible supercapacitor could mean smartphones that charge in seconds

Flexible supercapacitor could mean smartphones that charge in seconds

Scientists at the University of Central Florida have devised a new process for making flexible supercapacitors. These supercapacitors can store more energy than previous flexible supercapacitors and can be recharged over 30,000 times without degrading. The scientists think that the new approach could one day revolutionize technology ranging from mobile phones to electric vehicles.

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Despite Facebook drone crash, it’s all “successful” testing

Despite Facebook drone crash, it’s all “successful” testing

Does your vast, internet-broadcasting solar-powered drone need to land in one piece in order to be considered a success? Facebook clearly doesn't believe so, giving the Aquila internet drone test flight back in June a rave review, despite a freshly-confirmed safety investigation being carried out by US regulators. Their complaint: the drone flight, despite what Facebook might have led us to believe, wasn't quite such a perfect performance.

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