Prevening train station accidents
Platform gates have done wonders for reducing the number accidents at train stations, but the devices are expensive and can be logistically hard to install. New ideas are on the way.
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The live stream sales boom
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A rescue app for cardiac arrest
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A specialized app for specialized shoppers
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Brain training games that read the mind
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Getting kids to exercise in Vietnam
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