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See Spot Go Fetch Data: Ford Puts Robotic Dog to Work

Workers at Ford Motor Company may have noticed a couple of "dogs" roaming the factory floor recently. The automaker has enlisted the help of some four-legged robots to map the factory floor. Able to climb stairs, open doors and get into tight spots, these robo-dogs are ultimately saving their human colleagues time and money. Tina Trinh reports.

COVID-19 Sends Demand Skyrocketing for Temperature Check Technologies

Even though businesses are reopening around the world, the pandemic is still a reality. Many commercial spaces and offices are taking people’s temperatures before allowing them inside.  In some industries, handheld thermometers may not be efficient enough. Thermal imaging systems allow temperatures to be taken without anyone needing to be physically close to the person being evaluated.  The demand for these types of devices is skyrocketing globally. VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has the details.Videographers: Michael Eckels, Elizabeth Lee  Video editor: Elizabeth Lee

US States Turn to Apps in Fight Against Virus Spread

With tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases daily in the U.S., states are launching digital apps that alert people if they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. Virginia recently rolled out a COVID exposure app that became instantly popular with residents. Health officials are trying to determine whether such apps will work to help slow virus transmission. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.Producers: Julie Taboh, Adam Greenbaum. Videographers: Adam Greenbaum, VPM, Skype, VDH.

In Israel, Shin Bet Security Services Is Responsible for Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Israel is struggling against a virulent second wave of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, with thousands of new cases diagnosed every day. A key element in the fight to contain the pandemic is contact tracing. In Israel, this is conducted by the Internal Security Service, the Shin Bet, using methods originally designed for counterterrorism. Linda Gradstein reports from Jerusalem.Camera: Ricki Rosen Produced: Barry Unger 

New COVID App Gives Health Officials Dials to Send Tailored Alerts

At the University of Arizona, students and staff are using an app that lets them know if they’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Michelle Quinn reports on how the app gives health authorities the ability to fine-tune advice to people who have been exposed.
Camera: Eric Rosenwald   Produced by: Matt Dibble

Social Media Firms Deleting Evidence of War Crimes, Human Rights Watch Says

Social media companies are taking down videos and images that could be vital in prosecuting serious crimes, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are increasingly using artificial intelligence algorithms to remove material deemed offensive or illegal. Human Rights Watch says vital evidence is being missed or destroyed. Henry Ridgwell reports.

Software Helps People Waiting in Lines to Social Distance

Indonesia has had more than 220,000 COVID-19 cases and the country still hasn’t reached its peak. Social distancing is an important part of controlling the virus and new technology aims to help people stay safely apart. VOA's Rendy Wicaksana reports from Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
Camera: Rendy Wicaksana 

Nigeria Math Teacher Offers Free Lessons on Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram

A teacher in Nigeria is offering free mathematics classes via Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram to help struggling students affected by the coronavirus lockdown. After almost six months, more than 1,000 students are taking her online classes, across Nigeria and even internationally. VOA’s Mariama Diallo reports.

Robot Sloths Top Humans In the Race to Save Endangered Plants

Many robots are being developed and used these days to maximize speed so factories can efficiently make more products.  One robot developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology is celebrated for how slow it is.  It’s called a SlothBot and visitors can see it working at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  VOA’s Elizabeth Lee has the details.VIDEOGRAPHER: Carlos Andres Cuervo, Georgia Institute of Technology

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