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Bezos says he’ll spend ‘Amazon Lottery Winnings’ on space travel, accepts award, eats iguana at Explorers Club gala

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Bezos says he’ll spend ‘Amazon Lottery Winnings’ on space travel, accepts award, eats iguana at Explorers Club gala

Jeff Bezos wants to make space travel as dynamic and entrepreneurial as the internet. “The price of admission to space is very high,” Bezos said Saturday night in New York, accepting the Buzz Aldrin Space Exploration Award at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner. “I’m in the process of converting my Amazon lottery winnings into a much lower price of admission so we can go explore the solar system.” Bezos previously said he’s funding rocket company Blue Origin LLC to the tune of $1 billion a year through the sale of Amazon stock. His comments at the event suggest that may...

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Amazon Awarded Patent for Self-Destructing Drone

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Amazon Awarded Patent for Self-Destructing Drone

Drone deliveries look to be one of the ways we'll receive deliveries in future, and Amazon is at the forefront of delivery drone development. But in order for drones to safely fly above our heads, every situation needs to be catered for including a catastrophic failure of the drone mid-flight. Amazon just won a patent for its solution to that problem. The patent in question is titled "Directed fragmentation for unmanned airborne vehicles." What it describes is a fragmentation controller fitted to a drone that can take over when a failure is detected. That failure may be the on-board battery...

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Parrot orders Amazon gifts with ‘Alexa’

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Parrot orders Amazon gifts with ‘Alexa’

BUDDY the parrot showed he’s a pretty clever boy by mimicking his owner to order online shopping via Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled system. Shocked Corienne Pretorius could not work out how she had requested a £10 set of gift boxes until she realised her African grey had bought them. The five-year-old pet had impersonated one of her conversations and placed the order while she was out. Buddy activated her £150 Amazon Echo smart speaker, which connects to the internet shopping giant’s artificial intelligence hub. Users can bark commands at it to control heating, order a takeaway or access a host of...

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Peru to plant 2 million hectares of trees to restore Amazon forest

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Peru to plant 2 million hectares of trees to restore Amazon forest

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said gaps need to be bridged across the country, and announced Peru will plant 2 million hectares of trees to restore Amazon forest. "We want to bridge gaps between valleys in Peru, between workers and businessmen, between people and leaders; we have to work together," the statesman said during the opening of Pachitea Bridge linking Puerto Sungaro and Puerto Inca districts in Huanuco region. Joined by Puerto Inca Mayor Daisy Heidinger Zevallos, Kuczynski said he will respond to her request for drinking water and sewage systems in favor of the population, who lack these resources even...

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