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For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

BOSTON — What if the brakes go out in a driverless car? Does it mow down a crowd of pedestrians or swerve into a concrete wall and sacrifice its passenger?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking humans around the world how they think a robot car should handle life-or-death decisions.

Air Transat to test new taxiing system next year

MONTREAL — Air Transat is planning to test and deploy a new system next year that would allow an aircraft to taxi from the runway to the gate without having to use a plane’s engine, thereby cutting operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Montreal-based carrier would be the world’s first airline to use the WheelTug system, according to the company that developed it.

Spacewalking astronauts upgrade orbiting lab’s power grid

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts took another spacewalk Friday to plug in new and better batteries outside the International Space Station.

It’s the same type of job that was conducted last Friday 250 miles above Earth. Commander Shane Kimbrough was back at it, but this time he was joined by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Phone hacking company falls victim to hackers

Cellebrite, a digital forensics firm known for helping law enforcement crack into locked smartphones, has itself fallen victim to hackers.

Technology news website Motherboard said Thursday that it had obtained 900 gigabytes of data related to the Israel-based company. It said the trove of data includes customer information, databases and technical data about the company’s products.