A company called Loon is using balloons to deliver the internet to people across Kenya. The company believes its system will be a cheap, reliable way to bring internet services to people who live in remote areas.
Published in July 2020
For months, the presidents of the United States and Brazil have played down the dangers of the coronavirus. Now the countries lead the world in coronavirus cases and deaths. Yesterday, Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, announced that he had COVID-19.
NASA is asking people to help it label thousands of photos from Mars. The labels will be used to train a computer system to recognize different surfaces on Mars. This will help NASA drive its rovers safely for longer periods of time.
China has passed a new security law for Hong Kong, giving China great power over the territory - power that can't be challenged by Hong Kong's courts or lawmakers. For many, the law appears to be the end of Hong Kong as a separate and self-controlling part of China.
Among the more unusual news stories recently…Prague holds an outdoor dinner at a 550 yard (500 meter) table, a contest app keeps players' fingers glued to their screens for days, and a Berlin transportation company wants smelly riders.
Scientists have been surprised and impressed with the long-distance travel of two birds recently, a common cuckoo who flew from southern Africa to Mongolia, and an eastern curlew, who flew from Australia to China.
A surprising activity has become popular among cyclists in recent months. It's called "Everesting" - riding up and down a hill until you've ridden "up" enough to have reached the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.
In 2019, Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was wrongly arrested for stealing five watches from a store. Though he didn't do it, he was arrested after his face was "recognized" by a computer system. Now he's making a complaint against the Detroit police.