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Amazon patents spoilage-sniffing refrigerator

Years after making its application, Amazon has won a patent for a refrigerator that uses cameras and chemical sensors to sniff out spoiled food. But if you’re waiting to get one-day shipping for a fridge that knows your fruit has … Continue reading

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Spaced-out goodies mark Apollo 11 anniversary

Want a little space history in your beer? Or soda pop? Or chocolate? Seattle brands are banding together to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with the Museum of Flight leading the charge. You’ll find a … Continue reading

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Amazon’s got a brand new bag for delivery items

Insulated bags for pizza deliveries and cooler bags for ice-cold drinks are nothing new. But how about if you put them together? Amazon’s inventors thought the idea was novel enough to apply for a patent, and now they’ve gotten it. … Continue reading

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Vivid Robotics wins $4.9M boost for food tech

The stealthy Seattle-based food automation venture formerly known as Otto Robotics has a new name: Vivid Robotics. It also has a fresh infusion of $4.9 million in funding, thanks to an investment round reported today in a filing with the Securities and … Continue reading

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Small seeds could spur giant leap in space farming

When Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket launches a robotic Cygnus cargo spaceship toward the International Space Station, as early as Monday, it’ll be sending seeds that could show the way for future space farmers. The Antares liftoff is currently set for … Continue reading

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Why Walmart wants to patent robot bees

Robot bees have hit the big time. In the 10 days since Walmart’s patent application for “systems and methods for pollinating crops via unmanned vehicles” came to light, the idea of building drones to do what bees do has gone viral. The … Continue reading

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This Pi Day, remember the reason for the season

Maybe it’s time to put the pi back in Pi Day. I remember a time when 3/14 really stood for something: namely, the calendar date that came closest to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Yes, I’m … Continue reading

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