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Looking for Technology Innovators in Ciudad Juarez

Northern Public Radio

While engineering student Manuel Rangel’s friends work assembling products for U.S. consumers, Rangel is putting together VR Tech, a virtual reality start up that builds 3D visualization of construction projects.

Could Release of New Anti-Corruption Phone App Reduce Graft in Mexico?

InSight Crime

A number of civil organizations in Mexico have introduced a new mobile phone application designed for citizens to report corruption, something that is becoming more common elsewhere in the region despite uncertainty surrounding their efficacy.

Robotic Lovers May Be in the Not-So-Distant Future


Automated, humanoid companions dominate our futuristic entertainment, but they may not be that far from reality.

Female-Only Ride-Hailing Apps Grow in Latin America on Safety Concerns

The Star

Ride-hailing startups that cater solely to women are catching on in Brazil, reflecting safety concerns in one of the biggest markets for Uber and other incumbents, which have invested heavily in security features.

CBP Tests Camera-Toting Balloon on Tex-Mex Border

Associated Press

The U.S. Border Patrol is considering another type of surveillance balloon that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer illegal crossings.

’Forced from Home’ VR Exhibit Lets You Witness the Refugee Crisis Firsthand

Fast Company

“Forced from Home,” brings the refugee crisis as close to the American public as possible – and hopes to create more empathy by doing so.

Virgin Reveals ‘Revolutionary’ Hyperloop One Plan


Richard Branson announced that his Virgin Group has invested in Hyperloop One, a firm seeking to bring Elon Musk’s vacuum-sealed transport system to life, with a deal that sees the company renamed to Virgin Hyperloop One.

Engineers Say Prevalent, Discredited Building Technique Raised Mexico’s Quake Deaths

Insurance Journal

Mexico City officials were widely lauded for tightening their building codes after thousands died in the 1985 earthquake. But they left out one crucial reform: a prohibition on the building technique that caused 61 percent of the building collapses in last month’s quake.

Can Rise of Fake News on Social Media be Stopped?

Al Jazeera

There is no doubt that fake news has become one of the key terms of 2017, brought into the spotlight after the US presidential election last November. So, how do we deal with this modern-day reality?

Inside the Custom-Built Submarines Narcos Use to Secretly Ship Tons of Cocaine Into America

The Sun

Mexican and Colombian gangs have devised specialist machines to smuggle cocaine, heroin, cannabis and methamphetamine to American buyers.

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