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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

SciFri: Greenland’s Fast-Moving Glacier Speeds Up

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Jakobshavn glacier reached speeds of more than 150 feet per day during the summer of 2012.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Meet Vermeer, the Engineer

Thursday, February 06, 2014

A new documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, shows that the Dutch master painter was a tinkerer, too.

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Science Friday

SciFri: What Pulled the Plug on the Bioluminescent Bay?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The glowing bioluminescent bay near Fajardo, Puerto Rico went dark for more than a week in November.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Can Gaming Make Us More Social?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

NYU's Katherine Isbister imagines a future where technology connects us to other people, not avatars.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Crafting the 'Fastest Ice on Earth'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Marc Norman obsessively monitors the ice at the Utah Olympic Oval to create the perfect skating surface.

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Transportation Nation

Should D.C. Ridesharing Services Like Lyft And UberX Be Regulated?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Concerns about passenger safety are prompting officials to take a long look at ride sharing apps.

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Sony Will Shed 5,000 Jobs And Its PC Business

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The embattled entertainment and electronics company also said it had annual loss of $1 billion. Analysts fear the restructuring may be too little too late for the company.

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Hackathon Organizers Ask, Could A Smart Phone App Have Saved Trayvon?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Could a smart phone app have saved Travyvon Martin? Organizers of an Oakland, California hackathon are asking that question. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ayori Selassie and Kalimah Priforce about Startup Weekend Oakland.

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Mean Girls Online: Can We Draw A Line In Social Media?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

An article about the ugly side of feminist activism set off a heated debate online. Host Michel Martin speaks with the article's author Michelle Goldberg, and several of the writers involved in the debate: Mikki Kendall, Anna Holmes and Brittney Cooper.

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Features

Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Apparently, just imagining what's happening on the written page isn't enough. A new wearable device uses temperature controls and lighting to mimic the experiences of a story's protagonist.

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Freakonomics Radio

What You Don’t Know About Online Dating

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Thick markets, thin markets, and the triumph of attributes over compatibility.

This episode is included in the Freakonomics #smartbinge podcast playlist at wnyc.org/smartbinge

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The Takeaway

Tennessee: The Innovation State? | Rep. Keating: Russia Walled Off | What Music Will You Hear at the Olympics?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Rep. Keating: Russia Walled Off | Tennessee Proposes Free Community College and Vocational Schools | Where is the Fastest Internet in the US? | Is the Tobacco Lobby Losing Its Grip? | An Inside Look at the History of Sochi | What Music Will You Hear at the Olympics?

The Leonard Lopate Show

What Space Does to the Human Body

Thursday, February 06, 2014

New York Times reporter Kenneth Chang talks about how spending time in space affect the human body--from swollen heads to brittle bones to atrophied muscles and more. In his article "Bodies Not Made for Space," Chang looks at how NASA is working to understand these heath effects and solve them.

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Antitrust Settlement With EU Calls For Google To Tweak Results

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

In Europe, Google will now show results from its competitors. The agreement allows the search giant to dodge billions in fines.

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U.S. HVAC Firm Reportedly Linked To Target's Data Security Breach

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Hackers who broke into Target's computer network and stole customers' financial and personal data used credentials that were stolen from a heating and air conditioning subcontractor in Pennsylvania, according to digital security journalist Brian Krebs.

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On The Media

The British Government DDOS'd Anonymous, and I Don't Think It's a Big Deal (UPDATED)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Update: Journalist Quinn Norton strongly disagreed with me on Twitter, so I asked her to write something about why she disagreed. I have attached her response to the bottom of the article.

One of the favorite tools of the internet hacker/troll collective Anonymous is the denial of service attack, or DDOS. Basically it works by flooding a site with so many queries that it becomes overwhelmed, and the rest of the internet can't access it. I've compared it in the past to the online equivalent of a sit-in - when deployed correctly, it disrupts business but causes no lasting damage.

According to the latest Snowden leaks, British authorities were using the same disruption methods against Anonymous that Anonymous was using against other parts of the internet.

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Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste testers.

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On The Media

#13.5 - I'm Matthew Mills

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A special mini-episode of TLDR to get your mouth watering for tomorrow's non-mini episode!

This week, a man named Matthew Mills interrupted the post-Super Bowl MVP press conference to let the world know that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US Government. News outlets pounced at the chance to interview him, flocking to the internet to locate his web presence. A few ended up contacting a different Matthew Mills, who gamely played along. PJ talks to the non-conspiracy minded Matthew Mills about his run-ins with the news media.

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On The Media

OK, Maybe we jumped the gun on the whole Google Glass thing

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Last week, PJ wrote an excellent article comparing early aesthetic critiques of Google Glass to those of the Sony's Walkman. The point was that all technology looks ridiculous and impractical until it becomes useful, and then it's basically indespensible. But cartoonist and journalist Susie Cagle pointed out on her Twitter feed that early Glass adopters may not be finding them all that useful.

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The Takeaway

Keystone XL Pipeline: The Local Perspective

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Over the last few months, the Keystone XL pipeline has become a national controversy. While environmental groups protest the pipeline's expansion from Cushing, Oklahoma to Alberta, Canada, Congressional Republicans are pushing for the Obama Administration's approval. With the national debate in the headlines, The Takeaway hears from three reporters to examine the impact of the proposed pipeline. Mose Buchele, a state impact reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas; Katie Schubert, news director for KIOS Omaha, and Joe Wertz, a state impact reporter in Norman, Oklahoma, weigh in.

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