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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. 

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New Research Suggests Gold on Earth a Result of Crashing Stars

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cooler space collisions forge useful metals like iron, silver, platinum, diamond and gold. New research suggests that all the gold on Earth might have come from the relatively unspectacular collision of cold dead stars. Edo Berger, associate professor of astronomy at Harvard University, joins us to discuss this research.

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The Takeaway

FBI Review: Exaggerated Evidence in 27 Death Penalty Cases

Friday, July 19, 2013

The FBI and Department of Justice have flagged 27 death penalty convictions for federal review. The review was triggered last year by a Washington Post report and asserts that FBI hair examiners had used faulty forensics that may have led to convictions of potentially innocent people. Peter Neufeld, co-founder and director of Innocence, joins us to discuss the findings and the potential problems with forensic science.

The Department of Justice and the FBI are raising questions about forensic evidence used to get convictions.
Twenty-seven death penalty convictions have been flagged so far as part of a federal review. The review was triggered last year by a Washington Post report and asserts that FBI hair examiners had used faulty forensics that may have led to convictions of potentially innocent people. The review is ongoing and the full results will be published later this ye

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The Tech Week That Was: Phone Upgrade Plans And TV's Future

Friday, July 19, 2013

We've rounded up the tech week that was — on this blog, on NPR airwaves and from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

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DIY Summer Hacks, From the Pool to the Grill

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ever tried to make your own sunscreen? A water bottle rocket? How about a cardboard canoe? Eric Wilhelm, founder of Instructables, and Mike Szczys, managing editor at Hackaday.com, discuss their favorite do-it-yourself summer projects. And Bon Appetit's Andrew Knowlton suggests some cooking hacks, like "cooler corn" and turning your BBQ into a smoker.

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Thirsty? 'Sweat Machine' Turns Perspiration Into Drinking Water

Friday, July 19, 2013

The new device, being used by UNICEF to promote safe drinking water, extracts moisture from worn clothes using a technique known as membrane distillation.

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New Tech City

MAP: City Expands Public Wi-Fi, Now in More Than 50 Parks

Friday, July 19, 2013

New York City is liberating techies from coffee shops and co-working spaces and sending them into the open air with the expansion of public Wi-Fi to 32 more parks and recreation centers across the five boroughs.

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The Takeaway

Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, But Residents Remain Resilient | A Vacation to Outer Space? | FBI Review: Exaggerated Evidence in 27 Death Penalty Cases

Friday, July 19, 2013

Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, But Residents Remain Resilient | Your Next Vacation: Outer Space? | FBI Review: Exaggerated Evidence in 27 Death Penalty Cases | New Research Suggests Gold on Earth a Result of Crashing Stars | Can Gov. Bill Richardson Negotiate Kenneth Bae's Release from North Korea? | Movies ...

WNYC News

Schneiderman Scrutinizes Smartphone “Kill Switches”

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is testing new security features on some of the smartphones most commonly targeted by thieves.

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The Takeaway

New Genetic Therapy Provides Breakthrough for Down Syndrome

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Every year, 6,000 American babies are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, the genetic cause of Down Syndrome. But this week, doctors at the University of Massachusetts Medical School announced a breakthrough that could have significant implications for how we treat the disease. 

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Tech Companies Issue Loud Call For Surveillance Transparency

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Facebook and Twitter are among the 63 companies and groups behind a pointed letter calling for specific disclosures of government surveillance requests.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet the Candidate: Jack Hidary

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Our series of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. Jack Hidarytechnology executive running as an independent, talks about his bid and his policies proposals.

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China's Internet Growth In Two Charts

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

China has by far the most Internet users in the world, but the Internet doesn't have that kind of reach — at least not yet.

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Clever Hacks Give Google Glass Many Unintended Powers

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Whether it's facial recognition or snapping photos with a wink of an eye, hackers are proving it's possible to re-engineer Google Glass in a number of creative ways.

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How Did Zimmerman Trial Interviewees Come Across On TV?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

After television appearances from Rachel Jeantel and Juror B37, the Zimmerman verdict is leading the conversation in this week's Beauty Shop. Host Michel Martin is joined by Clutch Magazine's Danielle Belton, PJ Media's Bridget Johnson, and The Root.com's Keli Goff.

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The Takeaway

Panama Seizes North Korean Ship Carrying Cuban Missile System

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

You can't sugar coat this one, even though the Cubans have apparently tried. Yesterday Panamanian officials made the decision to hold a North Korean freighter—the vessel is reportedly carrying a missile system on board that was picked up in Cuba. The missiles, which are apparently buried in sacks and crates of sugar, violate numerous international sanctions. Hugh Griffiths, an international arms trafficking expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, joins us to discuss what this means for the United States and international community.

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Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Police have scanned millions of license plates around the country and can save the data on vehicle locations for later use. It's a helpful tool for policing, but critics say it's a threat to privacy.

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New Tech City

Making it Easier for Start-ups To Raise Money

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently voted to make it easier for private companies, start-ups, hedge funds, just about any privately-held company looking to raise money to advertise to the public.

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Meet Atlas: The Pentagon's 'Freakily Lifelike' Robot

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Defense Department has long teamed up with technology firms to create weapons and vehicles like fighter jets. One of its latest projects is a bipedal robot called Atlas that can walk, run, jump and climb and could be the future of disaster response on and off the battlefield.

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New Tech City

Brain Drain: New York City Losing Out in Brain Biz

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New York City is a leading center for neuroscience research, so you'd think it would stand to benefit from President Obama's new $100 million initiative to map the human brian.

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VIDEOS: Robot Sticks Backflip; Don't Miss The Bloopers Too

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Little Hinamitetu and its cousins star in a series of videos. Watch them flip, and sometimes fail, as they try some Olympian moves.

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