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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.

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

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?
NASA's new crew transportation electric vehicles.

These new NASA EVs will drive astronauts part way to the moon (sort of)

NASA's Kennedy Space Center has taken delivery of three new fully electric vehicles that will play a role in the upcoming Artemis lunar missions.
A red Tesla Model 3 at dusk.

The best electric cars you can buy in 2023

Electric cars are finally here to stay. From super-quick performance cars to spacious SUVs, we've picked the battery-powered models worth paying attention to.
The Duck Player feature of DuckDuckGo's Windows web browser, showing a video being played.

DuckDuckGo’s Windows browser is here to protect your privacy

Worried about the ways you’re tracked online? DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused web browser has just arrived on Windows, and you can try the free public beta today.
A stylized composite of the Twitter logo.

Australia threatens Twitter with huge fines over hate speech

Twitter could be hit with huge fines in Australia after the nation’s cyber watchdog asked the social media company to explain what it’s doing about online hate.
A person wearing the Stat Health Stat in-ear wearable.

This isn’t an AirPod — it’s a wearable unlike any I’ve seen before

This wearable may go in your ear, but unlike an AirPod, it's designed to help people suffering from debilitating dizziness rehabilitate and live normal lives.
A person repairing a MacBook using Apple's self-service repair kit.

Apple will now let you repair more Macs and iPhones yourself

Apple’s Self Service Repair program is expanding to include a slate of recent Macs and iPhones, bringing official parts, tools, and manuals to more devices.
A hacker typing on an Apple MacBook laptop while holding a phone. Both devices show code on their screens.

DOJ’s new NatSec Cyber unit to boost fight against state-backed hackers

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday launched the new National Security Cyber Section to help boost its fight against state-backed hackers.
The interior of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz brings ChatGPT voice control to its cars

The AI-powered chatbot that’s taken the world by storm this year is gradually edging its way into various parts of our lives, including our cars.
Sennheiser All-Day Clear Slim OTC hearing aids.

Sennheiser’s All-Day Clear are its first OTC hearing aids

Sennheiser joins the OTC hearing aids market with two rechargeable models powered by Sonova technology.
This artist' concept shows what the hot rocky exoplanet TRAPPIST-1 c could look like based on this work. TRAPPIST-1 c, the second of seven known planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, orbits its star at a distance of 0.016 AU (about 1.5 million miles), completing one circuit in just 2.42 Earth-days. TRAPPIST-1 c is slightly larger than Earth, but has around the same density, which indicates that it must have a rocky composition. Webb’s measurement of 15-micron mid-infrared light emitted by TRAPPIST-1 c suggests that the planet has either a bare rocky surface or a very thin carbon dioxide atmosphere.

James Webb telescope searches for habitability in the famous TRAPPIST-1 system

James Webb peered into the atmosphere of what was thought to be a Venus-like planet, and saw something unexpected.
SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket on June 18, 2023.

Watch this SpaceX Falcon 9 booster takes its 12th ride to space

SpaceX successfully launched an Indonesian communications satellite to orbit on Sunday using a Falcon 9 booster on its 12th flight.
Audio-Technica AT-SB727 Sound Burger rear panel and carry strap.

Meta’s new AI app is both for patients with vocal cord damage and in-game NPCs

Meta (formerly Facebook) is introducing its first artificial intelligence offering in a text-to-audio app called Voicebox.
St1's Sound Driving music playlist will speed up the tempo of your music if you exceed speed limits.

Finnish fuel company will ruin your music if you drive too fast

Got a lead foot? Nordic energy company St1 has the solution: an app that will make your music sound like The Chipmunks if you speed.
During a 2005 flyby, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took high-resolution images of Enceladus that were combined into this mosaic, which shows the long fissures at the moon’s south pole that allow water from the subsurface ocean to escape into space.

The search for habitable moons in the solar system is heating up

Recent research has found phosphorus, one of the building blocks for life, at Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
A digital brain on a computer interface.

AI ‘godfather’ says fears of existential threat are overblown

AI pioneer Yann LeCun has described talk of artificial intelligence posing an existential threat to humanity as ridiculous.
Microsoft Surface Studio 2+ sitting flat on a table.

Surface repair parts are now available via Microsoft Store

Microsoft has started selling replacement parts for its Surface devices in the Microsoft Store, making it easier for owners to repair their own machines.
Data from a workout showing on the screen of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.

Your Samsung smartwatch will soon get a lifesaving health feature

Galaxy Watches are adding a new health feature later this summer to monitor your heart — and it might just save your life.
Laptop on Amazon surrounded by boxes of tech gear.

Amazon deploys AI to summarize product reviews

To save shoppers time, Amazon has started using artificial intelligence to generate summaries of reviews for some of its listings.
A young woman with a smartphone walks past signage of the Youtube logo.

YouTube makes it easier for new creators to earn money

YouTube has made it easier for up-and-coming creators to start earning cash from their work after it lowered the bar for entry to the YouTube Partner Program.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster landing in June 2023.

SpaceX marks 200th rocket landing with perfect touchdown

SpaceX achieved its 200th Falcon 9 landing on Monday, confirming yet again the viability of its reusable spaceflight system.
Reddit website on a desktop.

Over 2.5B Reddit users flee to protest API changes

Reddit is broken right now due to over 2 billion users fleeing the platform in protest of its recent API changes.
This image captures the streak of an Earth-orbiting artificial satellite crossing Hubble's field of view during an observation of "The Mice" interacting galaxies (NGC 4676). A typical satellite trail is very thin and will affect less than 0.5% of a single Hubble exposure. Though in this case the satellite overlaps a portion of the target galaxy, the observation quality is not affected. That's because multiple exposures are taken of the same target. And the satellite trail is not in other frames. Developers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, have software that identifies the bad pixels from the satellite photobombing, the extent to which they affect the image, and then flags them. When flagged, scientists can recover the full field of view. Even as the number of satellites increases over the decade, these tools for cleaning the images will still be applicable.

Hubble scientists create tool for erasing satellite trails from images

Astronomers worry about how satellites could impact scientific research. Now, researchers have created a tool to deal with satellite streaks in Hubble images.
The ChatGPT website on an iPhone.

Senators to get AI lessons ahead of regulation decisions

In a bid to get U.S. senators up to speed with AI ahead of regulating the technology, the lawmakers have been invited to attend a series of briefings.
A person conducting a Zoom call on a laptop while sat at a desk.

Zoom’s new AI tools will let you ditch meetings for good

Zoom IQ adopts OpenAI artificial intelligence to deliver a summary of conversations to users when they enter Zoom chats.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching on Monday, June 5, 2023.

A SpaceX Dragon spaceship is carrying lots of fresh fruit to ISS

Besides science gear and hardware, SpaceX's Dragon is also carrying apples, blueberries, grapefruit, oranges, various cheeses, and cherry tomatoes for the crew.
Children using a smartphone.

Parents unite in smartphone ban for children

Parents in a town in Ireland have come together in a bid to remove the temptations of smartphones from their children’s daily life.