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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 Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Tech + Today's Worker - Upgrading Your Skills in Every Phase of Life

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The importance of STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) education in schools has been getting a lot of attention lately. But it's not just kids who need to be savvy in those subjects to survive the global economy.

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The Takeaway

Scientists Bewildered by Strange Sun Activity

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Every 11 years the sun switches it's magnetic poles in the culmination of it's solar cycle. We are quickly approaching this planetary event, but scientists are curious about some unusual behavior this time around. Some of the sun's activity, including the intensity of it's sunspots and the placement of it's magnetic field, are behaving in ways not seen for over a century. The Takeaway is joined by Todd Hoeksema, director of the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University, who explains more about this interesting event.

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The Takeaway

How Facebook is Hurting & Helping Student Writing

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Most of us these days don’t bother with writing letters—instead we send updates on social media, or write to each other in short texts. How are Facebook and Twitter affecting our writing? For younger people who are still learning their language skills along with these technologies, is their writing better or worse for the experience? English teacher Jessica Lahey of New Hampshire believes that writing skills are being eroded by things like Facebook. English teacher Andrew Simmons of California says he sees his student's writing improving from social media.

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The Takeaway

Senate Passes Filibuster Reform | Scientists Bewildered by Strange Sun Activity | What is an Act of God? | How Facebook is Hurting & Helping Student Writing

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Senate Passes Filibuster Reform in Landmark Vote | Climate Change Talks Reignite Cold War-Era Conflicts | With the Earth Changing, What is an Act of God? | Scientists Bewildered by Strange Sun Activity | A European Perspective on the Recession & Recovery | How Facebook is Hurting and Helping Student ...

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WNYC News

City's Role in CityTime Scandal Still Unknown

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Three men charged with stealing millions in taxpayer money when they were hired to consult on a city payroll program will soon learn their fates. 

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On The Media

About That #Roofbreakup Story

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Over the weekend, New York comedian Kyle Ayers livetweeted the conversation of a couple as they broke up on the roof next to him. 

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New Tech City

WiFi on Wheels Rolls Into Public Housing

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In areas of the city where New Yorkers don't have easy access to broadband, it can be difficult to find a job – or even a build a resume to get started. The New York City Housing Authority is trying to help some of its residents by rolling in WiFi on wheels.

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First Satellite Developed By High Schoolers Sent Into Space

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The first satellite ever developed by high school students to make it to space is believed to be orbiting Earth after getting a ride aboard a U.S. military rocket Tuesday night from Wallops Island, Va. Fittingly, perhaps, you can send it a text message.

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New Tech City

Flowchart: Should You Open Your Home WiFi?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

To open your home wireless internet, or not, that is the question. And to help you decide whether or not to do away with that long string of garbled letters and symbols allegedly protecting your internet, we made you a flowchart. 

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New Tech City

Would You Share Wifi With Your Neighbors?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Should you nix the password to your home wifi and let anyone in range surf the web for free? Tech writer Brian Hall did. Maybe he'll convince you to do the same.

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The Takeaway

Selfie Named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Selfie has been named by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2013 Word of the Year. Though selfies have gotten a bad rap as the crowning achievement of a narcissistic self-absorbed, self-obsessed youth culture, writer Casey Cep says young people today didn't actually invent the selfie—today’s cropped, filtered and instantly shared selfies in fact stem from a long, rich tradition of self-portraiture. Before we dismiss the selfie, she argues we should consider all that it has to offer.

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On The Media

2013 Is Officially the Year of the Selfie

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Smile! It’s The Year of the Selfie.

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On The Media

A Spam Filter You Use On Your Friends

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rather is a new Chrome extension that promises to filter your Facebook and Twitter streams for you, replacing content you hate with content you like.

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On The Media

Snapchat's Snaps are Beating Facebook Photos (Corrected!)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Business Insider reports that, as of this month, Snapchat users are sharing more Snaps than Facebook users are sharing photos. 

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The Takeaway

Dozens Dead at Iranian Embassy in Beirut | Selfie Named Word of the Year | The Unfinished Work of the Gettysburg Address

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sen. Angus King Urges Capitol Hill to Come Together | Bombs Leave Dozens Dead at Iranian Embassy in Beirut | Selfie Named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries | Midwest Storms Leave Behind Path of Destruction | The Future of Pharmacies & Lethal Injections in Missouri | Learning About Life from"Time ...

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On The Media

Should We Pay Attention To Assassination Markets?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Forbes' Andy Greenberg has a piece today profiling someone who calls themself Kuwabatake Sanjuro, the founder of the website Assassination Market. 

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The Takeaway

National Parks Enter the Digital Age—For Better or For Worse

Monday, November 18, 2013

Park managers across America are grappling with the question of how much technology to integrate into national parks. They’re considering everything from coded signs that park-goers can scan with their smartphones to access information about the parks, to weather updates via text message. Samantha Brown is a host on the Travel Channel. She explains the possible technologies being integrated into national parks and the push back park managers are seeing as the great outdoors flirts with the digital age.

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The Takeaway

New Cholesterol Calculator Doesn't Add Up | The Challenges of the Legal Marijuana Economy | For Better or Worse, National Parks Enter the Digital Age

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Cholesterol Calculator Doesn't Add Up | The Challenges of the Legal Marijuana Economy | Washington Pot Entrepreneurs on Joining The Retail Market | Remembering Literary Icon Doris Lessing | Retro Report: A Look Back at the Detroit Sleeper Cell Case | Egyptomania: Why An Ancient Culture Holds Our Fascination ...

The Takeaway

New Cholesterol Calculator Doesn't Add Up

Monday, November 18, 2013

Last week the country's leading heart organizations released new guidelines for lowering cholesterol. The key to these changes is an online calculator that helps doctors assess risk. But today our partner The New York Times says this calculator "greatly overestimates the risk, so much so that it could mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs."Joining The Takeaway to explain why this new cholesterol calculator doesn't add up is Dr. Michael Blaha, director of clinical research at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins University.

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