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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

Experiments With a Tech-Free Summer Camp

Monday, August 19, 2013

Technology isn't stopping one Pennsylvania summer camp from trying to get kids to connect more deeply with nature and one another. The camp decided to conduct an experiment by letting its campers use gadgets as much as they wanted after the devices were away from the campers a period of time. Manoush Zomorodi, of WNYC's New Tech City, has followed the progress of this camp from initial withdrawal to the lessons learned after.

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The Takeaway

Violent Confrontations Continue in Egypt | The History of the Voting Rights Act: The Origins of Section 4 | Experiments With a Tech-Free Summer Camp

Monday, August 19, 2013

Violent Confrontations Continue in Egypt | New Report Shows More Oversteps By NSA | The History of the Voting Rights Act: The Origins of Section 4 |Philly Schools to Open on Time Despite Financial Woes | Experiments With a Tech-Free Summer Camp | One Year Later, Undocumented Youth Program a Success

What's My Real Cancer Risk? When Online Calculators Don't Compute

Sunday, August 18, 2013

There's a difference between knowing your breast cancer risk and believing it. When psychologists asked several hundred women to plug personal health data into an online tool that then calculated their breast cancer risk, nearly 20 percent rejected their scores as wrong.

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Kitchens Of The Future Will Really Know How To Cook

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Coming soon to a kitchen near you: appliances that talk to each other, suggest recipes based on food at hand and know when to run and when to pause to let the electric car charge up.

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New Tech City

VIDEO: Smartphones at Summer Camp

Sunday, August 18, 2013

At one camp in rural Pennsylvania, teens are allowed to bring their smartphones, tablets and other digital devices into the wilderness. 

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Cracking The Code: Just How Does Encrypted Email Work?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden's revelations have left us all grappling with questions of privacy. One way to keep some of our information private is through email encryption. But, how does that work?

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Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A New Zealand-based aviation company has been granted permission to conduct piloted tests of the one-person flying machine. It plans to have the jet pack on the market in 2014.

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Happy International Geocaching Day!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

If you're scratching your head wondering what the heck geocaching is, Dave Prebeck fills us in. The president of the Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization tells host Scott Simon that geocaching is essentially "a high-tech scavenger hunt."

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Switching To Gmail May Leave Reporters' Sources At Risk

Friday, August 16, 2013

This summer, The New York Times moved all of it reporters' email to corporate Gmail accounts. This move to a third party could leave Times reporters and their sources with fewer legal protections if they are the subject of a government investigation.

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Tech Week That Was: Hyperloop, The Next Blackout, Sites Down

Friday, August 16, 2013

Elon Musk's Hyperloop, concerns about cybersecurity and the electric grid, and website outages were the headlines in our tech coverage this week. Musk's proposal to transport passengers from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes drew lots of attention — and skepticism.

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The Takeaway

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Will Never Search for Planets Again

Friday, August 16, 2013

According to NASA, the Kepler Spacecraft a has identified and calculated the movements of more than 3,500 possible planets, but its search is over due to a malfunction. Matthew Holman is a Smithsonian Astrophysicist and lecturer at Harvard University. He was also a part of the Kepler team. He joins The Takeaway discuss Kepler and whether it will ever search the stars again.

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Are Droids Taking Our Jobs?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Robots and algorithms can now build cars, write articles, and translate texts — all work that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee looks at recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet.

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Are We Plugged-In, Connected, But Alone?

Friday, August 16, 2013

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle looks at how devices and online personas are redefining human connection. She says we need to really think about the kinds of connections we want to have.

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Is The Human Hand Our Best Technology?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are data points. He calls for a return to the traditional physical exam.

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Will Man's Best Friend Be A Robot?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Why do we use robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms? Cynthia Breazeal realized the key was training robots to interact with people. Now she builds robots that teach, learn — and play.

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Hyperloop: Hype or Future Transportation?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, unveiled his designs for Hyperloop. The high-speed transit system could make the 400-mile trip from San Francisco and Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Tim De Chant, senior digital editor at NOVA, discusses the plans and whether the system could answer our transit problems.

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Strengthening the Grid, Ten Years Later

Friday, August 16, 2013

Ten years ago this week, a massive electrical blackout struck the northeastern US and parts of Canada, affecting some 55 million people. IEEE Spectrum journalist Bill Sweet describes the causes of the outage and how the electrical grid has changed since the 2003 failure.

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Could Prison Spell The End Of The Jackson Dynasty?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to prison for illegal use of campaign funds. Is this the end of the Jackson legacy or could he make a comeback? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Features

Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Friday, August 16, 2013

Werner Herzog's latest project is a slight departure for the acclaimed filmmaker: a 35-minute public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving. Yes, it's long, he says, but the "inner landscape" of great suffering such accidents can cause "can only be shown if you have more time."

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Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science

Friday, August 16, 2013

To understand how and why tornadoes form, some researchers are taking to the skies with small unmanned aircraft. The drones, outfitted with an array of sensors, can provide valuable data about the storms, and don't require people to be in harm's way. The goal is to increase the warning time before storms become deadly.

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