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Honda’s cute new robot concepts only want to help

What does the future of robotics look like? Nobody knows for sure, but Honda seems pretty certain it’ll be cute. At CES next January, the Japanese manufacturer will show off a quartet of new robot concepts, including a companion bot, an autonomous off-road vehicle, and a pair of “mobility” concepts …

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Bitcoin hits $15,000

Bitcoin’s value crossed the $15,000 threshold for the first time today, marking another milestone in its dizzying ascent. In recent months, the cryptocurrency has undergone a staggering increase in value; surging from roughly $3,500 in mid-September to its current price. And at the start of the year, a single Bitcoin …

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Los Angeles Fire: Why Southern California Is Burning This Time

The Thomas Fire spread through the hills above Ventura, in the northern greater Los Angeles megalopolis, with the speed of a hurricane. Driven by 50 mph Santa Ana winds—bone-dry katabatic air moving at freeway speeds out of the Mojave desert—the fire transformed overnight from a 5,000-acre burn in a charming …

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Many Startup Founders Doubt Extent of Sexual Harassment

There’s some cognitive dissonance in startup-land. The nationwide focus on sexual harassment, assault, and retaliation arguably started in Silicon Valley, with Susan J. Fowler’s account of discrimination and harassment at Uber in February. Throughout the year, accounts of misconduct were revealed at startups and venture firms, causing numerous high-profile investors …

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