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A Palestinian man uses a biometric gate as he crosses into Israel at the Qalandia crossing in Jerusalem in July. Israel's military has invested tens of millions of dollars to upgrade West Bank crossings and ease entry for Palestinian workers. But critics slam the military's use of facial recognition technology as problematic. Sebastian Scheiner/AP hide caption

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Face Recognition Lets Palestinians Cross Israeli Checkposts Fast, But Raises Concerns

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A pile of debris including all kinds of plastics grows hourly at Omni Recycling, a materials recovery facility in Pitman, N.J. Plastic bags are especially problematic because they can get caught in the conveyor belts and equipment and gum up the recycling process. Rebecca Davis/NPR hide caption

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More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier

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An FBI agent displays seized firearms from a gang investigation. Digital facial recognition helped the bureau track down an MS-13 member wanted in connection with murder. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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How A Tip — And Facial Recognition Technology — Helped The FBI Catch A Killer

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Ironic, Informal And Expressive, 'New Rules Of Language' Evolve Online

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Texas state Capitol building in Austin. This week, state officials confirmed that 22 municipalities have been infiltrated and ransom demanded. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images hide caption

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22 Texas Towns Hit With Ransomware Attack In 'New Front' Of Cyberassault

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A sea of fog advances on the Golden Gate Bridge during a late winter twilight in 2016. On Saturday, the operators of FogCam said the long-running webcam at San Francisco State University will sunset "forever" at the end of August. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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The End Is Nigh For FogCam, Billed As The Internet's Oldest Running Webcam

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Memorial event for Member of Parliament Jo Cox, of the Labour Party. Her murder by a man radicalized on the Internet prompted Parliament to examine digital threats to lawmakers, especially women in the United Kingdom. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Trolled Online, Women In Politics Fight To Hold Big Tech Accountable In The U.K.

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Though not the same as actually jumping into the waves, a virtual reality program like this one that let a headset-wearing patient "swim with dolphins" was enough of an immersive distraction to significantly reduce pain, a study found. Courtesy of Cedars Sinai/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away

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Mahmee CEO Melissa Hanna (right) and her mother, Linda Hanna (left), co-founded the company in 2014. Linda's more than 40 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse and certified lactation consultant helped them understand the need, they say. Keith Alcantara/Mahmee hide caption

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This App Aims To Save New Moms' Lives

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Propaganda spread by hate groups on social media is pervasive. Writer Joanna Schroeder hopes other parents will teach their young sons to recognize such hateful content. Loungepark/Getty Images hide caption

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How One Mom Talks To Her Sons About Hate On The Internet

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A Harvard research team's prototype of a portable exosuit is made of cloth components worn at the waist and thighs. A computer that's built into the shorts uses an algorithm that can sense when the user shifts between a walking gait and a running gait. Wyss Institute at Harvard University hide caption

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These Experimental Shorts Are An 'Exosuit' That Boosts Endurance On The Trail

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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in March. He blames big tech for using "exploitative and addictive practices in order to get us to spend more time on their platform." Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Senator Pushes Bill To Curb 'Exploitative And Addictive' Social Media Practices

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Computer cafes in South Korea, such as the Oz PC Bang in the Gangnam district of Seoul, are often shiny places with big, comfy chairs, huge screens and fast Internet. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Hooked On The Internet, South Korean Teens Go Into Digital Detox

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