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An App Tells Painful Stories Of Slaves At Monticello's Mulberry Row

Sunday, August 02, 2015

A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.

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A Hitchhiking Robot's Journey West Ends Early ... In Philadelphia

Sunday, August 02, 2015

The hitchBOT, as its creators named it, had already successfully traversed Canada and Germany. This summer, relying on the kindness of strangers, it wanted to travel from Massachusetts to California.

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All Things Considered

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

Friday, July 31, 2015

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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All Things Considered

Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

Friday, July 31, 2015

Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

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What Selfies Tell Us About Ourselves And How Others See Us

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ramona Martinez is a production assistant at NPR who worked on an All Things Considered story earlier this week about the culture and meaning of selfies. She offers a selfie postscript.

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The Takeaway

Cyber Deterrence, New Aggressive Strategies To Fight Hacking

Friday, July 31, 2015

The United States government is developing aggressive strategies to proactively defend against cyber hacking after the breach against the Office of Personnel Management last April.

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TED Radio Hour

What's A Better Way To Detect Cancer?

Friday, July 31, 2015

We often discover cancer after it's too late to treat. Jorge Soto is in the process of creating a simple, fast and cheap method for early cancer detection and all it takes is a few drops of blood.

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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

Friday, July 31, 2015

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

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Morning Edition

In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Friday, July 31, 2015

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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Innovation Hub

Building Sustainably... The Ancient Way

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Burj Khalifa might be the tallest building in the world, but is it the most advanced? MIT Professor John Ochsendorf thinks that today’s architects should take a page from classical structures.

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Innovation Hub

8.01.15 Icons and Infamy

Friday, July 31, 2015

This week on Innovation Hub: icons and infamy. Writer Alexa Clay tells us the surprising lessons about ingenuity we can learn from pirates, hackers, gangsters, and camel milk traders. Then Professor John Ochsendorf takes us on a tour of world architecture, and explains how, in some ways, classical architects were far more advanced than their modern counterparts. Author Declan Fahy talks about a new breed of celebrity scientist, and why they’re influencing public perception and public policy. And NOVA producer Paula Apsell will give us an inside look at how those scientists become celebrities.

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Innovation Hub

The Lessons Pirates and Gangsters Can Teach Us

Friday, July 31, 2015

The mafia, pirates, gangs, and hackers. What can we learn from them? According to author Alexa Clay, turns out a whole lot — including creativity.

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Innovation Hub

When Science Met Celebrity

Friday, July 31, 2015

Move over, Britney ­ there's a new kind of celebrity in town. American University's Declan Fahy explains the rise of the celebrity scientist, and why they're important to all of us.

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PRI's The World

What can the Indian Ocean plane wreckage tell us?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Part of a plane wing washed up on a beach on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week. The wreckage is now en route to France for identification. It appears to be part of a Boeing 777. Malaysia Airlines flight 370 — which mysteriously disappeared over the Indian Ocean last year — was also a Boeing 777.

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All Things Considered

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

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'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical and verbal attack on a show producer.

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Morning Edition

Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Whet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A source tells NPR a piece of wing found on an island appears to be from a large passenger plane. Other media say sources link it to a Boeing 777 like the Malaysian jet that disappeared last year.

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