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Delivery by drone: Switzerland tests it in populated areas

ZURICH — Drones will help deliver toothbrushes, deodorant and smartphones to Swiss homes this fall as part of a pilot project, the first of its kind over a densely populated area.

The drones will take items from a distribution centre in the Zurich area and transport them 8 to 16 kilometres (5 to 10 miles) to awaiting delivery vans. The van drivers then bring the packages to homes.

Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping

NEW YORK — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone.

The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.

SpaceX Dragon delivers scientific bounty to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, delivering a bonanza of science experiments.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up following a two-day flight from Cape Canaveral. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer used the space station’s hefty robot arm to grab the Dragon 250 miles (400 kilometres) above the Pacific, near New Zealand.