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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. 

Weekly Innovation: A Smart Power Outlet That Can't Shock You

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kids often hurt themselves when they put their fingers into electrical outlets, but the Brio Smart outlet prevents injury by using sensors to differentiate between human touch and an electric plug.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Cookie Science Secrets

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In this episode, Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter gives home bakers tips on how to achieve cookie perfection using different sugars, fats, and flours.

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Science Friday

DIY Holiday Gift Hacks

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Avoid the long lines and hack your holiday gifts, from homemade perfume to 3-D printed ornaments.

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Science Friday

Evidence Mounts for Liquid Water on Mars

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NASA reveals new evidence for a large lake that could have existed for millions of years on Mars.

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Science Friday

The Best Science Books of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.

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Science Friday

Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Answer: What Is Sleep?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge” asks scientists to answer the big questions that keep them up at night to 11-year-olds around the world.

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PRI's The World

One of the world's original digital diplomats says Twitter is an 'unrivaled tool' for foreign policy

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's no surprise that Twitter is changing the way we communicate with each other — but it's also changing the way we communicate with our government. Meet Arturo Sarukhan, a former ambassador from Mexico and a pioneer in the world of digital diplomacy.

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New Tech City

Look! I Taught My Dad To Download Podcasts

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The New Tech City intern took on a huge challenge. She taught her dad how to listen to podcasts, and boy was it fun. 
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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Do You Do When Your Facebook "Friend" Posts Something Racist?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Post-Ferguson and Eric Garner, how do you respond to racist posts by your Facebook "friends?"

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Freakonomics Radio

The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet "aftercare." But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet?

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Watch: Navy Ship Uses Energy Weapon In Persian Gulf

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The U.S. Navy says it made a "historic leap" by deploying a laser weapon system for the first time. A video shows the system, based on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf, taking target practice.

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Uber's Troubles Mount Even As Its Value Grows

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The attorneys general of San Francisco and Los Angeles counties are accusing the ride-sharing service of misrepresenting its background checks on drivers. It comes amid a rash of bad news for Uber.

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Making The Human Condition Computable

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Technological advances are making it easier for you and your doctor to track your health and to find treatments for complex diseases. But the technology may be costly and there are privacy pitfalls.

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All Things Considered

'Jackie' From 'Rolling Stone' UVA Story Among Latest Doxing Victims

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Doxing is the act of distributing personal information about someone online in an effort to embarrass, frighten or intimidate, and has become increasingly common during highly charged news events.

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Fresh Air

Feeling Watched? 'God View' Is Geoff Nunberg's Word Of The Year

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Uber's "God view" shows a map of the cars in an area and the silhouettes of the people who ordered them. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says Uber-Santa doesn't just know when you've been sleeping, but where.

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PRI's The World

To see the changes Edward Snowden wrought, just look at your smartphone

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Edward Snowden's biggest legacy may not come from changed laws or powers — it may just be the way that the debate over privacy has forced big companies like Apple and Google to safeguard its customers' information in more ways.

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On The Media

Unicode, Ophiuchus, and a Surprisingly Goth Emoji Poem

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Emoji are darker than you ever realized.
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After Raid On Its Servers In Sweden, Pirate Bay Goes Offline

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pirate Bay is one of the world's largest file-sharing sites. In the past, it has been targeted by authorities around the world.

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Morning Edition

'The Interview,' The Hack, And The Movie Studio Dealing With The Fallout

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A cyber attack on Sony may have been done by North Koreans in response to an new comedy about an attempt to kill Kim Jong Un. Huge amounts of personal data and five films have been leaked so far.

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New Tech City

Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Now What?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

There's a formula for a productive conversation about tough topics. Also, we made a flowchart. 

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