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How a Flock of Drones Developed Collective Intelligence  Just like groups of birds or insects, these drones organize themselves into cohesive groups—a so-called "emergent" property of their individual actions.  Details
The Best Post-Prime Day Deals From Apple, Walmart, Fitbit, Dell Amazon's Prime Day is over, but rivals like Walmart are still holding huge sales on Fitbit, Beats headphones, video games, and more. Details
Prime Day 2018 Is Over: But Deals Remain From Bose, Fitbit, and More Amazon Prime Day 2018 has ended, but there are still some great deals going. We've collected the best post-Prime Day deals, including some from Bose and Fitbit. Details
Reddit Reinvents the Chat Room With Subreddit Chat Reddit wants to bring its communities closer together. Its solution: throwing it back to real-time chatrooms. Details
The False Tale of Amazon's Industry-Conquering Juggernaut Jeff Bezos may be the richest man of the modern age, but he built his e-commerce empire by playing freely with new ideas—not disrupting swaths of industries Details
Photograph or Painting? These Landscapes Are Both French artist Guillaume Hebert creates hybrid images that blur the differences between media. Details
Rising Seas Could Cause Your Next Internet Outage In just 15 years, roughly 4,000 miles of fiber-optic cables in US coastal cities could go underwater. Details
Why You Can't Trust More Cryptocurrency White Papers Crypto-developers—ironically, a community devoted to eliminating centralized authority—could use more traditional vetting structures.  Details
Meet Jonathan Albright, The Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News Buried in media scholar Jonathan Albright's research was proof of a massive political misinformation campaign. Now he's taking on the the world's biggest platforms before it's too late. Details
Comic-Con 2018: What We're Most Looking Forward to at This Year's Convention Horror sequels, a Momoa-shaped tsunami, and the Spider-Man we've all been waiting for—SDCC may be light this year, but there's plenty to look forward to. Details
Best Prime Day 2018 Deals: Echo, Kindle, Fire, Cloud Cam Fire HD Tablets, Fire TVs, Kindles, Cloud Cams, Echo speakers, and more are as cheap as they'll get for Prime Day. Details
Lawmakers Don't Grasp the Sacred Tech Law They Want to Gut Decades ago, Section 230 gave tech companies sweeping power to police content on their platforms. Now some lawmakers want that power back. Details
A Giant Iceberg Grounded Itself Near a Greenland Town It’s retreated, but the risk of what happens with a grounded iceberg is almost luck of the draw. Details
6 Weird and Awesome Amazon Prime Day Deals Already own an Echo Dot and an Instant Pot? We have a few fascinatingly strange Amazon Prime Deals for you.  Details
A House Republican Joins the Fight to Save Net Neutrality Colorado's Mike Coffman signs a petition to force a vote on a measure to restore the Obama-era rules. Backers still need about 40 more members to sign on. Details

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Slumping milk prices force dairy farmers to think outside the barn 

Dairy farmers have seen low milk prices before, but the current downturn has been severe in its duration. As some dairy farms fail, others are finding new paths forward.

Small businesses can still compete with Amazon – even on Prime Day 

On Amazon 'Prime Day,' the online behemoth offers promotions on its products, but small businesses still have a fighting chance to make sales by focusing on authenticity and niche products, experts say.

Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics 

Tech employees are flexing new political muscle with the support of nonprofits including newly established organizations and other longstanding groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

In a US-China trade war, big losers include ... BMW? Taiwan? 

President Trump says his get-tough tactics are about addressing unfair practices in global trade. But as penalties and counter-penalties start flying, the results aren't always intentional or predictable.

US expected to surpass Saudi Arabia, Russia as world's top oil producer 

The United States is forecasted to take the No. 1 spot as the largest producer of oil in the world by 2019 with estimates of 11.8 million barrels a day. But Saudi Arabia and Russia could still boost production and experts say there are pipeline bottleneck issues that would hinder shipping capacity.

Paid family leave: While US lags behind, more states set policies 

At a time when juggling the demands of family and work is a high priority for women and men alike, most US workers still lack the benefit of paid time off when a child arrives. 

Starbucks to phase out plastic straws by 2020 

As calls to cut waste grow globally, Starbucks announced it will swap its plastic straws in all of its 28,000 global locations to strawless lids and straws made of paper or compostable material. 

AARP helps seniors find steady jobs 

Some people without adequate savings must continue working long past retirement age. The AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment helps Americans 55 years and older get the training they need to secure better-paying jobs. 

As economy hums, fewer workers make minimum wage 

The US labor market continues to fly high, with a report of 213,000 new jobs in June. We wondered: To what degree is that making the minimum-wage job obsolete?

Post-crisis banking rules: now altered but not undone 

Is bank regulation growing more pragmatic or just weaker? It's an important question as a long economic expansion continues, but with the Federal Reserve raising interest rates.

Tough talk or a trade war? Many US firms frozen in suspense. 

Could global sparring over trade create an era of more “closed” economics? In America’s manufacturing heartland, some worry that an effort to fight for US jobs could cost them instead.

Court ruling a blow, not a knockout, to public unions 

By ruling that public sector unions couldn't compel nonmembers to pay contributions, the US Supreme Court has presented new challenges to the political and economic clout of organized labor at a time of rising inequality. 

Online shopping just got a bit more expensive with new sales tax rule 

The US Supreme Court ruled that states will be able place sales taxes on items from out of state, but analysts say businesses most likely won't lose many customers, as most shoppers find online shopping too convenient to give up.

With aging populations, companies rethink opportunities for older workers 

One in 4 US workers will be 55 or older by 2024, according to the US Department of Labor. As people work beyond traditional retirement ages, companies are in the process of shifting the ways they treat, support, and think about older workers.

Amid legal attack on key health-law provision, uncertainty and uproar 

The latest legal battle over "Obamacare" pits the Trump administration against Republicans in Congress, highlighting a value that spans partisan divides: concern for helping people with "preexisting conditions."