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New Tech City

Putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage, WNYC's New Tech City with Manoush Zomorodi investigates what all the data, constant connectivity, and perpetual "upgrades" really mean for daily life. Follow @newtechcity and subscribe to the podcast for stories of discovery on how the digital age is altering our brains, relationships, and values. 

Science Friday

The EPA's New Proposal to Curb Carbon Emissions

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The EPA's proposal sets a 30 percent decrease in power plant carbon emissions by 2030.

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Science Friday

It's a Material World

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In his book Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik explains why the everyday materials around us are truly extraordinary.

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Science Friday

The Goat Brigade

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A herd of “elite” brush-clearing goats demonstrate why they are a versatile tool to shield against wildfires in Southern California.

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Science Friday

Documenting the Oldest Living Things in the World

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In her new book of photography, The Oldest Living Things in the World, artist Rachel Sussman documents the oldest continuously living organisms on the planet.

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Science Friday

Making Summer Travel Plans With Climate Change in Mind

Thursday, June 05, 2014

With projections of warmer temperatures and rising sea levels, which tourist destinations should you plan to visit sooner rather than later?

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Couple Goes High-Tech And Low Cost For Their Big Day

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Putting on a wedding in New York City can be financial suicide. But one young couple, profiled in Fast Company, say they priced their upcoming celebration at just $10,000 by using online startups.

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Chicago Conference Is The Latest In Tech Sexism Hall Of Shame

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Creating another sore spot for an industry under scrutiny for lack of inclusiveness, Techweek Chicago sends out a party invite featuring scantily clad women in provocative poses, then apologizes.

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On The Media

SavedYouAClick Defuses Clickbait Headlines

Thursday, June 05, 2014

@SavedYouAClick is a Twitter account that retweets news outlets clickbait-y headlines and spoils the fake mysteries they've concocted. 

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The Fight Over Drones, As Seen From A Drone

Thursday, June 05, 2014

This is a video filmed by a drone. It also explains the legal fight over where drones can fly, and what they can do.

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The Birds And The Bees ... And iPads

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Three-fourths of parents say the Internet is forcing them to have "the talk" earlier.

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Morning Edition

A Year After Snowden, U.S. Tech Losing Trust Overseas

Thursday, June 05, 2014

It's not every day that an industry in hypergrowth loses trust with its customers in a big way. That's what has happened with American companies in cloud computing such as Cisco.

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The Takeaway

The Public Health Consequences of Air Pollution

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Politicians often find it difficult to justify climate change legislation. Unlike climate change, air pollution seems to have specific and pressing consequences,  particularly for public health. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Fighting For Equal Rights in Love, Work & Health

Thursday, June 05, 2014

1. Sgt. Bergdahl: America's War-Weary Lightning Rod | 2. VA Scandal Drives Senators Towards Reform | 3. HBO's 'The Case Against 8' Explores Love, Partnerships & The Law | 4. The Public Health Consequences of Air Pollution | 5. Modern Slavery? Domestic Workers Fight For Fairness | 6. Voting Rights ...

Freakonomics Radio

Failure Is Your Friend

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In which we argue that failure should not only be tolerated but celebrated.

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Women 'Complain A Lot, Interrupt,' Developer Says At Conference

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

At a tech conference in Berlin, a developer compared a software plug-in framework to his girlfriend, saying she "complains, interrupts" and "doesn't play well with others."

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Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Advances in greenhouse technology have made growing flavorful tomatoes year-round easier. And scientists say climate change may soon make it harder to grow delicious tomatoes outdoors in fields.

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On The Media

The Internet Responds To Net Neutrality in a Big Way

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Last Sunday, John Oliver gave a 13-minute soliloquy about the fragile state of net neutrality, and ended with a plea exhorting the trolls of the internet to contact the FCC and let it know just how they felt. Looks like it worked.

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A New Way To Unclog A Toilet (At Your Own Risk)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

This is definitely not your dad's rubber plunger. This week's featured innovation, from South Korea, is a plastic film that sticks to the bowl and helps create clog-clearing positive pressure.

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Morning Edition

Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR has raised hopes for a decades-old technology. Some researchers believe virtual reality has the potential to transform everything from medicine to teaching.

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New Tech City

It's Time to Start Talking About Robot Morals

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

We're at a moment in time where computer programmers are injecting machines with consciousness and the power of thought. It's time we stop and ask: What kind of thoughts?

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