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National Geographic Magazine
September 2020
The Robots Are Here.
by David Berreby
‘If you're like most people, you've probably never met a robot. But you will.‘
Photograph by Spencer Lowell

A revolution in robotics is upon us, as machines take over more duties long performed by humans. It's changing how we live. This special report examines the rise of smart machines: what they are, who created them, and what they're doing to make human lives better.

Also in the September 2020 edition of National Geographic:

A future less frozen the fringes of North America's Great Lakes contemplate warmer times 
Ostriches: heads up the fastest animal on two legs has a PR problem. Should it?
Protecting oceans the value of protecting the planet's water worlds
Waiting for Gdansk The Polish city that gave birth to solidarity still has the power to inspire

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Landscapes in a different light | Electric eels | Scrutinising viruses | The cost of harming nature 

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Baby pandas | Lighting landscapes | Ostriches | Great Lakes | Protecting seas | Gdansk
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Winners revealed: National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition 2020

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What happens next? The impact of coronavirus on Australia’s endangered coral reefs

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On a transcontinental cycling race, the ultra-endurance athlete and author hadn’t anticipated how much the cold would weaken her. On a frozen highway in Alaska, pedalling between snow drifts, she learnt profound lessons about human endurance. 

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