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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. 

The Takeaway

Ann Druyan, Wife of the Late Carl Sagan, Reflects on 'Cosmos,' Now and Then

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The original "Cosmos" aired in 1980 on PBS, and in just 13 episodes, astrophysicist Carl Sagan captured the hearts and minds of a generation. On Sunday, more than 30 years after the original series began, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will premiere. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new series pays direct homage to Sagan's original vision, in part because the original and the re-boot share an executive producer in Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan. Today Druyan discusses the series and her life with Sagan.

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All Things Considered

To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Removing bacteria and other impurities from water could be done more cheaply thanks to researchers at MIT. They're taking advantage of the way trees move water to filter it.

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All Things Considered

Post A Survey On Mechanical Turk And Watch The Results Roll In

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Researchers are paying people pennies to take their surveys on MechanicalTurk.com, an Amazon site. Researchers save time and survey-takers earn a few bucks.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Also on Today's Show: On Tuesday, President Barack Obama submitted a $3.9 trillion budget that calls for spending cuts, more than $1 trillion in new taxes to slow borrowing over the next decade, and more than $55 billion in new spending...It looks like scientists have discovered a positive twist on the polar vortex: It’s killing destructive insects that cost the U.S. government and homeowners billions each year...A look at some workplace tips from Toyota’s factory productivity specialist that are surprisingly low-tech. 

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Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

BMW has started making a car with optional laser headlights, which are brighter and more energy-efficient than even LED lights. Laser technology could also end up in street lights and projectors.

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On The Media

Facebook's Weak Measures Against Selling Guns on Facebook

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

PJ wrote an article a couple weeks ago about attempts to curb gun sales on Facebook. He was skeptical that such a ban would work. This week, after a lot of vocal protest and a petition that got 230,000 signatures, Facebook announced new measures to prevent Facebook gun sales. Judging by these new measures, it looks like PJ's skepticism was justified.

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Hemingway Doesn't Always Live Up To His Code

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

What happens when Hemingway the writer meets Hemingway the editing app?

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On The Media

An Older Man From Beaumont, Texas, Goes To Battle With Ellen Degeneres’s Twitter Record

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Terry Shipman, a man with four tweets and under thirty followers to his name, managed nearly 45,000 retweets in one night.

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Morning Edition

Zello App Gains Popularity With World's Protesters

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Linda Wertheimer talks to Patrick Tucker, the technology editor for Defense One, about Zello — a walkie-talkie app. That app is becoming a key tool for protesters in Ukraine and Venezuela.

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Morning Edition

Technology May Turn You Into A Bigger Tipper

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

We're used to rounding up the total on our taxi ride or dropping a buck or two in a jar at the coffee shop. Now, new high-tech ways to pay are nudging us to tip more generously and more often.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Options in the Ukraine-Russia Crisis | Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's Widow, Reflects on 'Cosmos' | Inside the Intersection of Faith and Rhythm in Islam

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

What Options Does the U.S. Have in the Ukraine-Russia Crisis? | Examining President Obama's $3.9 Trillion Budget | A Positive Twist on the Polar Vortex | Low-Tech Workplace Productivity Tips | Ann Druyan, Wife of the Late Carl Sagan, Reflects on 'Cosmos,' Now and Then | 'Rebel Music': How Muslims ...

New Tech City

Toyota Gives Me a Personal Productivity Makeover

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Office workers pecking away at keyboards are like assembly line workers churning out product. But can a knowledge employee become as efficient as a finely-tuned factory?

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WNYC News

Cops To Be Armed with Tech Tablets

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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Deep data at their fingertips.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nicholas Thompson, Tim Wu, and Alan Burdick on "technological evolution."

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Nicholas Thompson, Tim Wu, and Alan Burdick on "technological evolution."

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All Things Considered

Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

College Station, Texas, is losing countless companies to towns with faster Internet, one councilman says. It's now one of several cities considering a more aggressive approach to securing broadband.

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The Takeaway

Your Carl Sagan Stories

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and host of "Cosmos 2014" will revisit the passion and evangelical energy of the late Carl Sagan by examining science, the unknown, and humanity's quest for understanding in what Tyson calls "the greatest story ever told." In many ways, the return of the "Cosmos" series is the return of the intellectual comet of Carl Sagan—he believed that the future was all about understanding science. Who is your Carl Sagan mentor today? Do you have a Sagan story? What would Dr. Sagan make of our world today?

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New Tech City

Getting Feisty Protecting Your Data from Companies

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The machines are watching us. Computers, phones, hospitals and cars are all collecting data on us to serve us better. But how can we the consumers know when our data is working for us, not against us? 

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Can Playing Minecraft Teach Kids To Code?

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

While young Minecraft players are building virtual castles or protecting themselves from monsters, they could also be learning about technology. Tell Me More looks at lessons from the game.

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Our Supercomputer Overlord Is Now Running A Food Truck

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

IBM's Watson, known for crushing the human competition on Jeopardy!, is now a sous-chef. It's spitting out novel ingredient combos for human chefs to cook, and hitting the road with sample dishes.

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Fresh Air

By The Time Your Car Goes Driverless, You Won't Know The Difference

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The once-futuristic concept is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Parallel parking? Let the car find the perfect approach. Squeezing into a tight space? Hop out and use your smartphone.

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