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Drones carrying defibrillators could aid heart emergencies

CHICAGO — It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest.

Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of 18 cardiac arrests within about 5 minutes of launch. That was almost 17 minutes faster on average than ambulances a big deal for a condition where minutes mean life or death.

Researchers: We’ve discovered power grid-wrecking software

PARIS — Researchers have found a troubling new form of power grid-wrecking software, tying the discovery to a recent Ukrainian blackout in tworeports published Monday.

The malicious software has the ability to remotely sabotage circuit breakers, switches and protection relays, the reports say, a nightmare scenario for those charged with keeping the lights on.

Autonomous cars (no human backup) may hit the road next year

DETROIT — Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on publicly travelled roads as early as next year in what may be the first attempt at unassisted autonomous piloting.

Automotive electronics and parts maker Delphi and French transport company Transdev plan to use autonomous taxis and a shuttle van to carry passengers on roadways in France.

Oregon city approves permit for US’ 1st all-wood high-rise

PORTLAND, Ore. — Officials in Oregon have approved construction permits for the first all-wood high-rise building in the nation.

Construction on the 12-story building, called Framework, will break ground this fall in Portland’s trendy and rapidly growing Pearl District and is expected to be completed by the following winter.

Autonomous cars (no human backup) may hit the road next year

DETROIT — Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on publicly travelled roads as early as next year in what may be the first attempt at unassisted autonomous piloting.

Automotive electronics and parts maker Delphi and French transport company Transdev plan to use autonomous taxis and a shuttle van to carry passengers on roadways in France.

SpaceX taking recycling all way to orbit for NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is taking recycling to a whole new realm all the way to orbit.

On this week’s supply run to the International Space Station, SpaceX will launch a Dragon capsule that’s already travelled there. The milestone comes just two months after the launch of its first reused rocket booster for a satellite.

Honda validates engine trouble by winning Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS — All the negative publicity Honda received in the lead-up to the Indianapolis 500 washed away when Takuma Sato dumped a bottle of 2 per cent milk over his head in victory lane.

So what if three Honda engines blew up Sunday while they were running with the leaders?

It only took one to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”