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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

Young Blood Sharpens Memory in Old Mice

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The blood of young mice seems to rejuvenate older mice, both strengthening their muscles and improving their ability to learn and remember.

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Science Friday

What’s Shaking Up Oklahoma?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Earthquakes have increased by 50 percent in Oklahoma since 2013 and may be linked to drilling disposal wells.

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Science Friday

Science Goes to the Movies: 'Transcendence'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the science behind the Hollywood techno-thriller Transcendence.

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The Takeaway

How Music & Technology Influence Each Other

Thursday, May 08, 2014

From Chet Atkins to Jimmy Page, musicians have been pushing the technical limits of their instruments and gadgets since the first bang on a drum. And today, those limits are being pushed even further.

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On The Media

Why Crowdfund a Sequel to a 20-Year-Old Video Game Everyone Hated?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

If you were a gamer at the dawn of the console wars era, then you probably remember Shaq Fu. It was essentially a Shaquille O'Neal branded Mortal Kombat, except it was also unplayable and ugly. Even Electronic Arts, the company behind the game has called it an abomination. So, naturally, the internet has decided that 20 years on, we need a sequel.

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The Takeaway

Rubbish: Uncovering the Truth About Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

What we throw away, where we toss it, and what gets recycled has been a concern for decades. As more and more Americans are living closer together in urban areas, the trash problem has become even bigger.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Creating New Super Heavy Atomic Elements

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Researchers in Germany recently confirmed the existence of Element 117, a jumbo sized atom which sits on the outer edges of the periodic table. Uranium is one of the heaviest elements found in nature with 92 protons, but scientists have been able to push the number of protons higher in laboratories and create new elements. Clara Moskowitz,Associate Editor at Scientific American, tells us about the new element.

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The Takeaway

Wrongfully Convicted Man Fights for What's His | African Film Festival Sheds New Light on Nigeria | Rubbish: Uncovering the Problems With Trash

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Outrage Cripples Nigerians in Face of Kidnappings | After 10 Years Behind Bars, A Wrongfully Convicted Man Fights for What's His | Syrian Opposition Surrenders Homs | Rubbish: Uncovering the Problems With Trash | Can You Trust the Cops? | How Music & Technology Influence Each Other

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Think Like a Freak -- and Other FREAK-quently Asked Questions

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Stephen Dubner and Steve Levitt talk about their new book and field questions about prestige, university life, and (yum yum) bacon.

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WNYC News

Officials Using Private Email to Keep Out of Public Record

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

When Justin Elliot tried to find out whether members of the Cuomo administration had special permission, they declined to comment.

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All Things Considered

Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Mental Health Care To Rural Areas

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Many North Carolina counties have no psychiatrists, so emergency rooms are experimenting with beaming in the doctor on video. The hospital can then provide needed treatment.

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On The Media

The Numbers Behind "The Skip"

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Paul Lamere is a blogger who writes about music and technology. So it makes sense he'd write about Spotify. His latest article is about "the skip," the practice of skipping songs when listening to spotify, and it's so granular that gets more and more fascinating as it goes along.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Opens Traffic Crash Data -- Finally

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

After years of prodding from safe streets advocates, the New York City Council, and the tech community — not to mention reporters — New York City has finally released comprehensive traffic crash data.

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On The Media

The wikiHow Guide to Stopping a Wedding

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

wikiHow (lowercase 'w' is deliberate) wants to be the Wikipedia of how-to guides. And, as of a couple years ago, it had over 150,000 articles and north of 35 million visitors a month. But just like Wikipedia or any other wiki-based community, there will always be a problem of quality control. Take, for example, today's amazing deep internet find, the wikiHow article on how to stop a wedding.

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A Foldable Bike Helmet You'll Just Happen To Have In Your Bag

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

This week's featured innovation is a full-size helmet that collapses in half for easy stowage between rides — something urban bike-share cyclists might find especially appealing.

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Morning Edition

Faith Drives A Father To Create A Test For Childhood Cancer

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Noah Shaw was diagnosed with a potentially fatal cancer when he was just 4 months old. That didn't shake his father's faith in God. But it did drive him to try to invent an early cancer test.

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New Tech City

Why Can't We Know Our Own Secret Consumer Scores?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Companies keep tabs on customers in all kinds of ways. It's a murky world with few regulations. 

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The Takeaway

What's a Bigger Threat: Terrorism or Climate Change? | Finding Good Advice in Strange Places | U.S. Joins Search for Missing Nigerian Girls

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

What's a Bigger Threat: Terrorism or Climate Change? | U.S. Joins Search for Missing Nigerian Girls | South Africans Vote in First Election Since Mandela's Death | Finding Good Advice in Strange Places | Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Seem to Care About AliBaba? | Balancing Climate Change & the Keystone ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

Fixing the Government's Tech Problems

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Aneesh Chopra, the first United States Chief Technology Officer, and the author of Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government, talks about his role in bringing technological innovation to the federal government, despite the healthcare.gov "teachable moment."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In The Thick Of It

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Aneesh Chopra, the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer, talks about innovation in federal government and what we can learn from healthcare.gov. Plus: Mary Beth Kelly of Familes for Safe Streets on how to reduce traffic fatalities. We’ll hear from WNYC’s team leaders on the Clock Your Sleep project. Plus: Armando Iannucci, creator of “Veep” and “The Thick Of It”, on satire of government.