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Every day, we humans dream up more and more ways to use technology to make the world a better place. Whether its solar panels that generate green energy, 3d printed prosthetics, or gene editing tools that eradicate diseases; there’s no shortage of world-changing tech out there. But it’s also easy for all those good things to get buried beneath all the bad news on the Internet. That’s why we started Tech For Change: an ongoing series in which we shine a spotlight on positive uses of technology, and showcase how they’re helping to make the world a better place.

An Orsted drone drops off a delivery onto a wind turbine's platform.

It’s drone delivery, but not as we know it

While Amazon and Wing are trialing customer deliveries using mid-size drones, a firm in Europe is using a much bigger drone for its own special purpose.
A person wearing the TCL RayNeo Nxtwear S XR glasses.

I wore smart glasses that made me excited for the future

An old TV set.

How to dispose of your old AV equipment and tech gear

Tossing your old TVs and soundbars in a regular dumpster is bad for the environment, so here's a few other ways you can properly dispose of your AV equipment.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter made a record-breaking 25th flight on April 8, 2022.

NASA’s Mars drone just set another flight record

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has surpassed all expectations during its time on Mars and just recently it set a new flight record.
Crash test with Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV and EQA electric cars.

How do you crash-test an EV with an 871-pound battery? Mercedes showed us

Mercedes-Benz staged a public crash test with two EVs to show that electrification isn't compromising safety.
Two NASA personnel carry a container holding the sample gathered from the Bennu asteroid.

Measure twice, laser once. Meet the scientists prodding NASA’s first asteroid sample

Now that NASA has wrangled a chunk of asteroid back to Earth, a team of scientists is busy photographing, crushing, and even shooting lasers at the dust.
Logging into a Google account with passkeys on an iPhone.

Google is killing your passwords, and security experts are (mostly) happy

Google is pushing for users to set passkeys as the default log-in option. A former FBI expert says it's good progress, but you should still be cautious.
An urban area devastated by an earthquake.

This AI algorithm could save lives in quake zones

In trials that took place over a seven-month period, the algorithm predicted with impressive accuracy an earthquake's timing, location, and intensity.
The upcoming Zeekr vehicle from Geely.

Waymo expands robotaxi service area in San Francisco

While autonomous car company Waymo expands its robotaxi service in San Francisco, rival firm Cruise faces ongoing challenges with its own efforts.
An illustration showing astronauts on the moon.

It’s one giant leap for fashion as Prada spacesuits head to the moon

Prada has partnered with Axiom Space to design the spacesuits for the Artemis III mission to the lunar surface. But it's not all about looking good.
The ChatGPT name next to an OpenAI logo on a black and white background.

Are we about to see ‘the iPhone of artificial intelligence’?

Apple’s former design guru Jony Ive is reportedly in talks with ChatGPT creator OpenAI to build a new hardware device for artificial intelligence.
Apple promotional image of the iPhone 15 Pro's camera and curved chassis.

As a parent, there’s one iPhone 15 feature I can’t wait to use

There's a lot to like about the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, but there's only one feature that will be a godsend for parents of humans and pets.
Apple Watch Sleep App feat image.

How to track your sleep with an Apple Watch

Tracking your sleep with an Apple Watch is a great way to regulate your sleep time and feel rested all day. We show you how it's done.
Everything you need to know about Neuralink

Elon Musk’s Neuralink now recruiting for first human trials

Neuralink has announced that it’s now accepting applications from subjects willing to have its experimental N1 computer interface implanted in their brain.
The shadow of the Ingenuity helicopter during a flight on Mars.

NASA’s amazing Mars helicopter just set a new flight record

NASA's Mars helicopter continues to impress. During its 59th flight on the distant planet, the drone-like machine achieved a new record.
Shrouded in permanent darkness, the interior of Shackleton crater near the moon’s south pole is revealed in this stunning mosaic. The crater itself was captured by ShadowCam, a NASA instrument designed to peer into the shadowy parts of the lunar surface that has been orbiting the moon for almost a year on the South Korean spacecraft Danuri. The surrounding areas were imaged by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. Portions of three of the 13 potential landing regions for astronauts during Artemis III can be seen in this image.

Here’s where NASA will land astronauts on the moon

A new image of the moon's far side shows the region selected for the landing of NASA's Artemis III mission, which aims to return humans to the lunar surface.
An illustration shows a spacecraft from NASA's DART mission approaching the asteroid it was intended to redirect.

Is that asteroid a problem? Meet the planetary defense squad that decides

Earth is surrounded by potential threats like asteroids and comets, but a team of NASA scientists is always on the lookout.
The Ring Pet Tag on a dog collar.

Ring helps you find your lost furry friend with the Ring Pet Tag

The Ring Pet Tag lets you know when a lost pet is found and informs the rescuer of any health concerns they should know about. It's also highly affordable.
A Goal Zero Skylight shining LEDs lights into a darkened hallway.

Goal Zero’s new Skylight is an LED palm tree for emergencies

The Goal Zero Skylight is built for quick deployment outdoors so you can see where you're going around the site.
Google Drive in Chrome on a MacBook.

I found a Chrome extension that makes web browsing bearable again

Cookie consent pop-ups are designed to be manipulative and confusing, but you can beat them and protect your privacy with this clever browser extension.
Render of a TransAstra capture bag catching a spent rocket part.

Space bags are the next big idea to clean up orbital junk

NASA has awarded a contract worth $850,000 to U.S. firm TransAstra to develop an inflatable capture bag for clearing out space junk.
A person holding the Oura Ring 3rd generation Heritage model.

Your Oura Ring can now help you have better therapy appointments

The Oura Ring smart ring has enhanced its abilities through a new partnership with Talkspace, an online behavioral health service provider.
Intel's new Intel Core Ultra badge.

Intel is using AI to make your laptop battery last longer

Intel representatives gave away details of its upcoming Meteor Lake processors at this year's Hot Chips conference.
Google Chrome app on s8 screen.

This Google Chrome feature may save you from malware

A new Google Chrome feature will alert you when installed extensions are removed from its store, saving you from infected extensions and virus headaches.
Remote controls from Google, Amazon, Apple and Roku.

TV dialogue is getting harder to understand. This change could help.

It seems that dialogue is getting harder and harder to understand. Shouldn't our access to subtitles be getting easier? This one change could make it so.
An illustration shows how NASA's Habitable Worlds Observatory would measure the atmosphere of distant planets.

What comes after Webb? NASA’s next-generation planet-hunting telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope only launched recently, but scientists are already plotting a planet-hunting telescope that will help find worlds like our own.
Front three quarter view of the 2023 Toyota Prius Prime.

2023 Toyota Prius Prime review: no longer an ugly duckling

The 2023 Toyota Prius Prime gets a drastic makeover, along with more electric range and horsepower.
Houston's Arco del Tiempo (Arch of Time).

‘World’s largest sundial’ to double as green energy provider

Houston’s next piece of public art is being described as the world's largest sundial and will also produce solar power for the local community.
Electrical power lines cast against a blue sky.

Can EVs be clean on a dirty electric grid?

Electric vehicles are a big part of the future, but electrical grids need to keep up. Are EVs still worth it while we're getting our power from coal?
A man in a small room with a Circadian Light glowing red.

Could the key to living in space be … a good lighting system?

Lighting is typically more of an afterthought when it comes to space habitats, but as it turns out, it may just be the most important part
Ariel Rider Grizzly with a river in the background.

With 2 motors and 2 batteries, the Ariel Grizzly e-bike doubles down on speed

The Ariel Rider Grizzly X-Class 52V moped-style e-bike offers long, fast rides thanks to its dual batteries, front and rear wheel motors, and full suspension.
Fyrtur blackout blinds in a bedroom.

5 cool smart home gadgets for summer 2023

These five smart home products will keep your house cool, your yard watered, and reduce your energy bills with little manual effort.
Virgin Galactic's space plane heading to the edge of space.

Virgin Galactic sets date for first tourism flight with fee-paying civilians

Virgin Galactic has announced a date for its first space tourism flight involving civilians who've paid upward of $250,000 for the experience.
Rachio IRO smart sprinkler installed on wall.

Can a smart sprinkler system help you use less water?

Saving water is crucial in a shifting climate. Can smart sprinkler systems ensure you're only using as much as you need?