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Nondisposable proposal

Technology | Major brands launch experiment to reduce waste through reusable containers
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 2/28/19, 03:47 pm

Until well into the 20th century, most Americans had their milk delivered to their door in refillable glass bottles. The milkman also picked up the empties. Now a coalition of major consumer brands is testing a packaging and delivery platform that will use the “milkman model” for products as diverse as ice cream, deodorant, and laundry detergent.

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Air network

Technology | Stratospheric balloons to provide phone service for Kenya
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 1/31/19, 12:39 am

In 2011, using a simple weather balloon and some basic, off-the-shelf radio equipment, engineers at Alphabet’s research and development subsidiary, X, tried to show that balloons could provide internet and telecommunications coverage. By 2017 the technology of X’s Project Loon, as it was known, was mature enough to provide emergency internet service for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.

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Emergency connections

Technology | New 911 technology provides first responders with automatic info
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 12/13/18, 05:03 pm

Americans make more than 240 million calls to the 911 emergency phone number each year. Yet, despite the ubiquity of cellular networks and the internet, many emergency response centers still rely on callers to provide location and other diagnostic information over the phone before dispatchers can determine how to respond.

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