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Electric scooters have zipped by docked bikes in popularity

NEW YORK — Love them or hate them, electric scooters are everywhere zipping along city streets and littered on sidewalks, to the dismay of pedestrians and drivers who must share the road.

And now they have overtaken station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars in the U.S.

Drones, supercomputers and sonar deployed against floods

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An arsenal of new technology is being put to the test fighting floods this year as rivers inundate towns and farm fields across the central United States. Drones, supercomputers and sonar that scans deep under water are helping to maintain flood control projects and predict just where rivers will roar out of their banks.

Spacewalking astronauts tackle battery, cable work

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Spacewalking astronauts are tackling battery and cable work outside the International Space Station.

It’s the third spacewalk in just 2 1/2 weeks for the station crew.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques got an early start Monday morning. They need to complete battery swap-outs that began last month and lay cable.

In a first, electric cars outsell traditional ones in Norway

COPENHAGEN — In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel-powered ones in Norway last month.

Christina Bu, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association’s general secretary, says sales figures show 58.4 per cent of new cars sold in the country in March were battery-powered, calling it “historically high.”

Air Canada, WestJet purchased safety option reportedly missing on crashed planes

TORONTO — Canada’s two largest airlines have at least one of the optional safety features on their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that were reportedly lacking on the jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

Air Canada and WestJet Airlines both say they purchased disagree lights used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.

Robot servers and 3D menus: What’s on tap at the restaurant of the future

Patrons enter a cafe and pass by a hologram of coffee pouring from a carafe into a cup. They scroll through a three-dimensional menu and see exactly what each dish will look like to help them decide what to order. A small robot, arms fixed to a tray, delivers the meal to the table and says “Your food is here.”