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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. 

Tech Week: Love In Digital Times, Big Cable, Facebook Genders

Friday, February 14, 2014

In this week's recap of tech headlines: How we're dating and mating in the digital age, Comcast and Time Warner's big merger and other tech-related curiosities.

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Jay Z Or Jay-Z? Buzzfeed Tells You When To Hyphenate

Friday, February 14, 2014

The AP Style Guide and Chicago Manual of Style are the gold standards for questions about capitalization, grammar, or usage. But what if you need to know how to properly write Jay Z's name? Buzzfeed's Copy Editor Emmy Favilla discusses the website's style guide for the Internet.

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Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In Nevada

Friday, February 14, 2014

The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will provide electricity to 140,000 homes.

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On The Media

Study Says People Who Are Jerks Online are Likely to Be Jerks Offline, Too

Friday, February 14, 2014

People who troll online are likely to self-report as being sadists in real life.

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On The Media

The (Not So) All-Knowing NSA

Friday, February 14, 2014

Last week the Washington Post reported that the NSA collects less than 30% of phone metadata, contrary to the popular perception that all call activity is being gathered en masse. As it turns out, the agency is unable to keep up with the explosion in cell phone use, which raises significant questions about the efficacy and potency of the program. Bob talks with Ellen Nakashima who wrote the story for the Washington Post.

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On The Media

Unorthodox

Friday, February 14, 2014

In the past OTM has covered sock-puppetry -- the act of assuming another persona online to praise or defend the work of your real self. We’ve seen it done by art critics, comic book artists, and politicians. Well, now it's an orthodox rabbi. Bob speaks with Steven I. Weiss, an anchor and managing editor at The Jewish Channel, about the rabbi and his online persona. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Secret Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Friday, February 14, 2014

Annie Jacobsen tells us about a disturbing, covert government program in the decades following World War II, called Operation Paperclip, which brought Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States. Many were accused of war crimes, others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery, but these men were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. In Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America, Jacobsen looks into whether the operation was a moral outrage or if it helped America win the Cold War.

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Facebook Gives Users New Options To Identify Gender

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Facebook is rolling out changes to its 159 million members in the U.S. that will allow people to have a wider choice than simply male or female when selecting a gender description on the site. Users can choose from roughly 50 options including Trans Male, Trans Woman or Androgynous.

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How The Big Cable Deal Could Actually Boost Open-Internet Rules

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner might strengthen provisions intended to make sure Internet providers are treating all online traffic equally by extending so-called net neutrality to millions more users. But public-interest advocates worry that the deal will hurt competition.

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Apple Steps Up The Pressure On 'Conflict Minerals'

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The maker of the iPhone has announced that its suppliers are no longer using the mineral tantalum sourced from conflict regions. Apple says it is listing all of its smelters and refiners and the status of the minerals they use.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Solving Life’s Everyday Problems, With Data

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Data geeks say our “digital breadcrumbs” can reveal where to eat, who to date, or which bus to take.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Stem Cell Research Update

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Researchers in a recent study report creating stem cells in 30 minutes through an acid bath.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Out of the Bottle: Wine Psychology

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How do our expectations, environment, and social cues trick us into believing our wine tastes better or worse?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Scientists Hunt for Morning Dew on Mars

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Could mysterious dark streaks on Martian slopes be evidence of liquid water flows?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Andy Weir: ‘The Martian’

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Andy Weir’s novel of Mars survival mixes science fact and fiction.

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Science Friday

SciFri: In Wind Tunnels, Ski Jumpers Become Flying Machines

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wind tunnels help Olympic ski jumpers balance between lift and drag.

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Science Friday

SciFri: For Some Olympians, Winning Medals Is All About Flow

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Understanding fluid dynamics helps Olympians shave minutes off race times.

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Are Tech Execs Uncomfortable Around Young Black Men?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The organizers of a recent hackathon in California asked whether a smartphone app could have saved Trayvon Martin. They're also looking at the bigger question about why more young black males aren't excelling in tech. Host Michel Martin speaks with hackathon organizer Kalimah Priforce.

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Radiolab

What Lies Beneath

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In “Neither Confirm Nor Deny,” we spend a fair amount of time on the remarkable cover story that disguised a CIA mission to lift the Soviet submarine K-129 from the bottom of the Pacific. That cover story puts the movie-cover-story of “Argo” to shame: from about 1970-74, the ...

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On The Media

#15 - Internet Time

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In 1998 Swatch tried to completely reinvent our concept of time. Swatch Internet Time (or .beat time) would have been a new way to conceive of moments. There'd be no time zones, and also, no hours, minutes, or seconds. PJ talks to Gizmodo's Eric Limer and Swatch Creative Director Carlo Giordanetti about Swatch's plan to create time's version of Esperanto. 

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