Lauren Silverman

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Quantity Of 'Skills' Doesn't Mean Quality In Amazon Echo's Alexa

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Amazon Echo's Alexa has helped people do all sorts of tasks. Although Alexa now has more than 15,000 so-called "skills," critics say that many of Amazon's skills are low-quality.

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Scanning The Future, Radiologists See Their Jobs At Risk

Monday, September 04, 2017

In a new series called "Is My Job Safe?" NPR looks at the future of jobs at a time of rapid gains in artificial intelligence and robotics. We start with a high-paying job in medicine: radiologists.

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Facebook, Twitter Replace 911 Calls For Stranded In Houston

Monday, August 28, 2017

Facebook and Twitter became de facto centers for thousands of stranded people as 911 centers became overwhelmed with calls. Police and officials are using social media as an essential tool to connect.

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'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Always Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lots of people forget to take their medicine on time. Now firms are selling "smart" pill bottles that send patients reminders through the Internet. But maybe the real problem isn't forgetfulness.

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Turning To VPNs For Online Privacy? You Might Be Putting Your Data At Risk

Thursday, August 17, 2017

With Internet providers able to track and sell your browsing data, people who want to keep their activity hidden are turning to virtual private networks. But VPNs can themselves be insecure.

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More Money, More Problems For Amazon

Friday, July 28, 2017

Amazon's remarkable popularity has made it one of the five most valuable companies in the world. But as the power of the Internet juggernaut expands, it also faces a growing number of detractors.

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Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cyberattacks and data breaches are common at health care facilities, and they can put patients' health at risk. Hospitals are behind the curve in beefing up defenses, industry analysts say.

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More Domestic Violence Shelters For Men Opening

Saturday, July 15, 2017

One in seven men has suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. But male victims of domestic violence have a hard time finding safe places to get away from their abusers.

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Mobile App Designed To Prevent Pregnancy Gets EU Approval

Thursday, July 13, 2017

For the first time, a medically approved birth control app has been certified as a method of contraception. It relies on math, an algorithm and a woman's body temperature to determine fertility.

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In Texas, People With Mental Illness Are Finding Work Helping Peers

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Giving people who have serious mental illness peer support has proved so helpful that some states are starting to pay these peer specialists to bridge the gap when there aren't enough professionals.

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There Are Plenty Of RFID-Blocking Products, But Do You Need Them?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

An industry has sprung up to make wallets and accessories that block hackers from "skimming" data wirelessly through radio frequency identification. But some experts say there's little need to worry.

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Resigns As Verizon Completes $4.5 Billion Purchase

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Verizon has completed its $4.5 billion purchase of Yahoo, and, as expected, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is resigning. She's turning over control to Tim Armstrong, the former CEO of AOL who is now the head of Oath, a digital media brand that combines the Internet assets of AOL and Yahoo. Verizon sees the acquisition of media content as a way to expand beyond its core wireless business.

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Notaries Are Starting To Put Down The Stamp And Pick Up A Webcam

Monday, June 12, 2017

Technology and new laws are taking notarizations digital, adding them to the list of things you can do on your phone or computer. However, America's 4 million notaries are split on the idea.

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In Texas, Abstinence-Only Programs May Contribute To Teen Pregnancies

Monday, June 05, 2017

Teenage pregnancy rates have declined across the country, but some parts of Texas have made much less progress on that. Abstinence-only sex ed policies may be one reason why.

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Doctor Launches Vision Quest To Help Astronauts' Eyeballs

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Scientists are learning that some astronauts' eyes change shape after time in space, leading to vision problems. But a sleep sack being developed might offer relief.

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Trump Travel Ban Spotlights U.S. Dependence On Foreign-Born Doctors

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A quarter of doctors practicing in the U.S. went to medical school elsewhere. Many of these physicians practice in parts of this country that the government says need more primary care providers.

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Kratom Gets Reprieve From Drug Enforcement Administration

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The agency has decided to leave kratom off its list of highly restricted drugs for now. The DEA is asking for public comment and help from the Food and Drug Administration in evaluating kratom.

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Kratom Advocates Speak Out Against Proposed Government Ban

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Drug Enforcement Administration is cracking down on a plant that it says is involved in a number of deaths. Advocates say kratom can help treat opioid addiction, which is a far bigger hazard.

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The App That Aims To Gamify Biology Has Amateurs Discovering New Species

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Not everyone outside staring into their phones is searching for Pokémon — some people are looking for actual wildlife. The app iNaturalist is bringing together urban biologists and curious citizens.

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Gun Violence And Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper

Friday, July 29, 2016

Trying to prevent gun violence by tying it to mental health legislation began in 1966 when a young gunman killed 16 people in Austin, Texas. But some believe the approach is misguided.

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