Peter Holley, Washington Post

Peter Holley

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How GMU students’ eating habits changed when delivery robots invaded their campus

In January, 25 autonomous delivery robots descended on George Mason University’s campus. Today, the company that managed the machines -- Starship Technologies -- revealed how they've changed student behavior. → Read More

Baristas beware: A robot that makes gourmet cups of coffee has arrived.

The food industry is adjusting to an influx of robots. The latest example is Briggo, a fully automated, robotic coffee machine that can push out 100 cups of coffee in a single hour –– the equivalent of what three to four baristas can do, according to the company. The machine gives customers control over ingredients, espresso shots, flavorings and temperature without any human interaction. → Read More

Meet the convicted felon helping people charged in the college admissions scandal prepare for prison

In the college admissions scheme that captured the public’s attention last week prison consultants saw an opportunity. Part fixer and part therapist, their jobs range from soothing exaggerated fears about sexual assault and answering the basic questions about hygiene (i.e. “How do I use the bathroom federal prison?”) to strategies for how a client might adopt for managing their business while… → Read More

A California company says it’s building a flying motorcycle powered by jet engines

The $380,000 vertical-takeoff-and-landing "Speeder" will reach at least 150 mph, have a 45-mile range and be able to fly as high as 15,000 feet, company officials say. → Read More

Scooters are littering sidewalks and injuring pedestrians. Can this startup bring order to the chaos?

Scooters are crowding sidewalks and injuring pedestrians in cities around the country. A startup called Swiftmile says it has created new charging stations that could help bring order to the chaos. → Read More

An Instagram-worthy Bible aimed at millennials

To these design-savvy start-up founders, the “good book” looked surprisingly bad. → Read More

New Zealand farmers have a new tool for herding sheep: drones that bark like dogs

On farms in New Zealand, drones are being used to herd and monitor livestock, supplementing a role that working dogs have held for more than a century. → Read More

Volvo’s plan to keep drivers safe: Limiting the top speed of its cars.

Beginning in 2020, Volvo cars will be limited to 180 kilometers per hour -- or about 112 mph. The auto manufacturer said the change is part of an ambitious plan to eliminate all serious injuries and driving deaths in new Volvos by next year. → Read More

MIT’s latest dog-like robot can do backflips on command

MIT researchers say they have developed the first four-legged robot capable of executing a backflip. Similar robots could someday be used for search-and-rescue missions and surveillance, experts say. → Read More

The Weather Channel uses virtual reality to reveal the terrifying danger of frozen lakes

The new video uses virtual reality to highlight the many dangers of venturing onto frozen water as the spring thaw approaches. → Read More

Lime scooter riders are being injured by ‘sudden excessive braking,’ company says

Lime, one of the world’s largest electric scooter companies, is urging riders to be extra cautious while operating their devices because of a technical “bug” that can cause “sudden excessive braking during use.” → Read More

At this fast food drive through, the person taking your order might not be a person at all

A Denver fast food restaurant has turned its drive through lane over to an artificially intelligent machine. The new employee is the latest sign that machines are already filling fast food jobs traditionally staffed by people. → Read More

MIT scientists are using lobsters to develop a new form of flexible body armor

Imagine a highly sophisticated body armor that is a tough as it is flexible, a shield that consists largely of water, but remains strong enough to prevent → Read More

MIT scientists are using lobsters to develop a new form of flexible body armor

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard believe the soft membrane covering a lobster's abdomen could guide the development of a new type of flexible body armor for humans. The membrane is as tough as the industrial rubber used to make car tires and garden hoses. → Read More

U-Md. researchers develop smart fabric that automatically warms or cools you off

University of Maryland researchers say a new temperature-regulating fabric could help people save energy and reduce the costs of air conditioning and heating. → Read More

A Lime scooter accident left Ashanti Jordan in a vegetative state. Now her mother is suing on her behalf.

Ashanti Jordan was riding an electric scooter on the street when she was hit by a car in December, leaving her severely injured. The problem, family members say, is that she was following the scooter company's riding instructions. → Read More

Friendly nurse or nightmare-inducing machine? How culture programs our taste in robots.

A trio of robotic nurses with glowing red eyes and brown wigs has debuted in a Bangkok hospital. The humanoid robots reveal how androids might be well received in one country but considered creepy in another, experts say. → Read More

A new 3-D printing technique creates solid objects using rays of light

The machine is nicknamed "the replicator" after a fictional device from the television show "Star Trek," which created food and objects on command. → Read More

Amid a wave of injuries, Irish exchange student is latest person killed in e-scooter accident

Austin police said Mark Sands was riding a Lime scooter when he was struck by an Uber driver, leaving him fatally injured. → Read More

Warby Parker’s latest tool lets shoppers try on glasses using augmented reality

It superimposes computer-generated images onto real-world imagery. → Read More