The crowded race of self-driving startup...

The crowded race of self-driving startups


The race among start ups to win the self driving car billions is heating up and the field is crowded with 75 of them in Silicon Valley alone and more than 240 around the world.

Small businesses in Houston face long road to recovery

Josh Beasley and his fiancé bought Houston's Body3 Personal Fitness on July 1, less than two months before Tropical Storm Harvey swamped the gym with a foot of water and left behind the dank stench of fetid mildew.

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Monsanto pesticide blamed for major U.S. crop damage

A Reuters examination has found that widespread crop damage covering millions of acres of Midwestern farmland has its roots in weak regulatory oversight and corporate secrecy.

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Seed funding slows in Silicon Valley

The bloom is off seed funding, the business of providing money to brand-new startups, as investors take a more measured approach to financing emerging U.S. technology companies.

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Exclusive: 'High Times' magazine to go public - sources

The iconic marijuana magazine is set to launch an initial public offering as the pot industry booms.

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Drones travel far to get off the ground

Amazon or UPS packages won't be dropped by drones anytime soon, but drones are finally getting a flight plan for business. And it starts in Rwanda.

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Will Arctic chill dampen Valentine's Day heat?

Retailers usually expect a nearly $20 billion bonanza on a Valentine's Day weekend -- but with an Arctic chill forecast for parts of the United States, will paramours be able to keep alive the retail heat? Mana Rabiee reports.

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Oregon governor plans minimum wage hike

The minimum wage in Portland could increase to $15.52 an hour, and $13.50 an hour in the rest of the state, according to a plan unveiled by Oregon Governor, Kate Brown. Jillian Kitchen reports.

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Mustard prices surge, squeezing producers

Mustard prices have jumped this fall to their highest level in seven years as growers in Western Canada, which supplies three-quarters of the world's traded mustard seed, turn in their smallest crop in nine years, threatening to drive up costs of the yellow condiment for producers.

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For cancer patients, a chance to create a musical legacy

A recording studio in Virginia offers musicians battling cancer a chance to leave behind a musical legacy for their friends and family. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Greek shops running out of stock

Greece's organization for medium and small businesses says the country risks product shortages as early as May, as businesses face liquidity problems and foreign suppliers will only accept cash for imports. Ciara Lee reports.

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Feeding America’s startling statistics

Aug 18 - Lauren Bush Lauren discusses the latest findings on hunger in the U.S. from a survey conducted by an organization she represents. The granddaughter of President George H.W. Bush and niece of President George W. Bush also discusses her famous family.

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Starting up in China? Here's what's most ripe for disruption

There's no doubt China's tech sector is heating up, but not all opportunities are made equal. 500 Startups' China partner Rui Ma tells Reuters' Jon Gordon where she sees the most promise

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Lo-tech key to happy life

An Englishwoman proves it is possible to manage a business in 21st century Britain and make a modest living, without the use of modern-day technology. Hayley Platt looks at Dani Church's ferry business on the Suffolk coast, which has been in her family for 125 years.

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Test flight shows balloon space tourism no flight of fancy

Arizona-based company World View Enterprises says it has taken a major step towards launching commercial balloon flights to the edge of space, with a successful unmanned test flight that reached an altitude of about 23 miles. The company hopes to begin taking tourists to near space in 2016 with advanced technology it says will open up a new view of the Earth. Sharon Reich reports.

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Pies fly in Russia with pizza delivering drones

A pizza chain in northern Russia begins to deliver pizza by Russian-made drones. Elly Park reports.

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Organic farming culture brings burgeoning business for Fiji islanders

The remote Fijian island of Cicia has launched a novel business in organic produce that could prove to be a template for other developing communities around the world. The island declared itself chemical free and fully organic eight years ago and is now producing food that's attracting the interest of foreign buyers. Tara Cleary reports.

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Raptor robot gives Usain Bolt a run for his money

June 18 - A bipedal robot modelled on the now extinct Velociraptor, can run faster than Usain Bolt, according to its developers. The Jamaican sprinter holds the 100 metres world record with a time of 9.58 seconds but South Korean researchers say their robot could leave him in the dust. Rob Muir reports.

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Environmentalists shine World Cup spotlight on "vulnerable" mascot

June 16 - With attention focused on the world's greatest soccer stars in Brazil, conservationists are working hard to promote the plight of the animal being used as the official World Cup mascot. Known as Fuleco on posters and banners throughout the country, the three-banded armadillo is in decline, and conservation groups say FIFA and the Brazilian government should be doing more during the World Cup to ensure the animal's long term survival. Rob Muir reports.

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Indonesian villagers cooking with gas - from garbage

June 15 - A community in East Java, Indonesia, is turning methane from the local garbage dump into gas for more than 400 homes. Local authorities have set up a system where methane produced by rotting waste is extracted and pumped to villages nearby, turning greenhouse gas emissions into useful energy. Tara Cleary reports.

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Cardiopad brings heart health to remote Cameroon communities

June 13 - A touch screen tablet invented by a 22-year-old Cameroonian engineer is helping doctors perform heart examinations on patients in remote, rural locations beyond the reach of specialists. Jim Drury has more.

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Scientists hail 3D table top as "mist" opportunity

June 12 - Researchers in the UK have developed a prototype three dimensional screen made of mist, that will allow multiple participants to interact with shared images. The MisTable's inventors say their water-based technology could prove transformative in the business and education sectors. Jim Drury reports.

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Bed sensor keeps unobtrusive eye on vital signs

May 25 - A bed sensor developed by an Israeli team is proving to be an effective and more reliable alternative to conventional patient monitoring technology. The sensor is designed to unobtrusively monitor a patient's vital signs from beneath their mattress and is less prone to sending out false alarms to nursing staff. Tara Cleary reports.

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SensaBubble floats novel approach to digital messaging

May 20 - A device that projects text or pictures onto scented bubbles has been created by UK-based computer scientists. SensaBubble uses a concept called 'chrono-sensory experiences' to deliver messages its creators say, could be adapted for gaming, education, or even email communication. Jim Drury reports.

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