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Smart footwear: Alphabet's life sciences arm, Verily, has been looking for partners to co-develop shoes with embedded sensors to monitor the wearer's movement and weight, as well as to measure falls,

Leasing IKEA furniture? IKEA CEO Torbjorn Loof told the Financial Times that the company would "work together with partners so you can actually lease your furniture. When that leasing period is over, you hand it back and you might lease something else… Instead of throwing those away, we refurbish them a little and we could sell them, prolonging the lifecycle of the products."

Inside an otherworldly mission to prepare humans for Mars: Braving deep isolation and sweaty spacesuits, six "analog astronauts" tested their tools, talents, and grit on a mock trip to the red planet. https://on.natgeo.com/2UEs7Wo

Among troops, vaping is now more popular than cigarettes: Military Times reports, vaping now appears to be more common in the military than smoking regular cigarettes. 

An asteroid could destroy humanity like it did dinosaurs. A Hopkins team has a plan to save the world: WP reports, the research team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel plans to launch a spacecraft, speed it up really fast and smash it into an asteroid.

Crypto CEO dies with only passwords to unlock millions: FR reports, digital-asset exchange Quadriga CX has a $200 million problem with no obvious solution.

Time suck: The average American loses 42 hours stuck in traffic each year.