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Past articles by Lucas:

Apple Kicks Off the Cell-Calls-from-Space Race

Apple will offer emergency satellite messaging on two of its latest iPhone models, the company announced on Wednesday. T-Mobile USA and SpaceX also intend to offer their own messaging and limited data service via the second generation of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation. → Read More

Space 5G is Ready for Its Launchpad Countdown

5G will soon go extraterrestrial. Taking a page from the famous catchphrase from hit 1980s movie about a space alien befriended by some earthling kids, satellite-based cellular networks will allow you to phone home from just about anywhere. → Read More

RISC-V Guns for Raspberry Pi, Legacy Chips

Two hardware makers are planning to offer chips later this year featuring the RISC-V free and open architecture standard, joining the $180 Linux-capable StarFive VisionFive RISC-V board that went on sale in January. In late June, Pine64 said it was designing a single-board computer for the market. → Read More

Europe Expands Virtual Borders To Thwart Migrants

It was after midnight in the Maltese search-and-rescue zone of the Mediterranean when a rubber boat originating from Libya carrying dozens of migrants encountered a hulking cargo ship from Madeira and a European military aircraft. → Read More

Rural Cooperatives Deliver High-Speed Internet for Less

Tired of waiting, some rural residents are funding their own Wi-Fi networks to bring broadband to their homes → Read More

Boingo and Mettis Aerospace Test Wi-Fi 6 for Airports and Factories

A single Wi-Fi 6 access point can deliver high-speed, low-latency service to hundreds of users at once → Read More

Why some of Spain’s Civil War survivors are still waiting to recover lost relatives

Francisco De Llera and Pedro Gallardo had a lot in common. They were both community leaders in their small, rural Spanish towns who dabbled in politics before the regime of Francisco Franco executed them after the Spanish Civil War. → Read More

MWC Barcelona 2019: Europe Is Trying to Develop Standards for Hyperloops Before Everyone Builds Incompatible Tunnels

Tight rules might slow industry’s start but could raise its top speed → Read More

MWC Barcelona 2019: Mobile Security Should Rely on the Device, Not the Human, Rivetz CEO Says

For security purposes, it’s best to contain multitudes → Read More

MWC Barcelona 2019: Forget Passwords—Audio Watermarks Could Be Easier to Use and More Secure

Photo: Cyberus Labs In the golden years before the dot-com crash of 2000, electrical engineer and serial entrepreneur Jack Wolosewicz kept asking people with so-called golden ears whether they could hear his latest creation: audio watermarks. The entertainment industry was all ears to his pitch—ensuring that DVD players or television broadcasters could play only licensed copies of digital files.… → Read More

LoRa’s Bid to Rule the Internet of Things

The wireless standard is already behind more than 100 low-power, wide-area networks around the world → Read More

LoRa’s Bid to Rule the Internet of Things

The wireless standard is already behind more than 100 low-power, wide-area networks around the world → Read More

How Does My Garden Grow? With Drones, Sensors, and AI All in a Row

Crop scientists hope to replace traditional, painstaking monitoring methods with automation → Read More

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

A central perception system allows a robot to change its own configurations for each new challenge → Read More

Saudi Arabia Pushes to Use Solar Power for Desalination Plants

With photovoltaic costs dropping, oil states turn to solar power to desalinate their water → Read More

Aadhaar, India’s Biometric ID System, Gets Its Day in Court

With a billion people registered, India’s Supreme Court weighs in on how these 12-digit IDs can be used → Read More

Can Former Inmates Become Effective Criminologists?

Over the past few decades, some ex-convicts have turned to academia, aiming to put their experience "inside" to good use. → Read More

The Tech That Won the First Formula Student Driverless Race

On-the-fly mapping got the driverless car through a rainy day → Read More

Students Race Driverless Cars in Germany in Formula Student Competition

First batch of student-built driverless cars choose safety over speed → Read More

Carmakers Take to the (Self-Driving) Test Track

Engineers use track days to test self-driving cars and scout talent → Read More