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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. 

Money Talking

Coming Attractions: Future Innovations to Spur Economic Growth

Friday, July 04, 2014

From the "Internet of Things" to drone deliveries to cell phone batteries that lasts longer.

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All Things Considered

In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma

Thursday, July 03, 2014

"Bad" Web bots are going after everyone they can, but why? Because by hijacking Grandma's computer, they make it look as if she visits a site often, thus making the site more valuable to advertisers.

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Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

Thursday, July 03, 2014

A study on the wandering mind had a simple request: Just think. But many participants couldn't sit still for very long, and they even were willing to shock themselves to avoid doing nothing.

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Science Friday

Celebrating Nature’s Summer Light Show, Fireflies

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The flashing of lightning bugs is a favorite part of a lazy summer evening, but there’s a lot of hidden nighttime drama.

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Science Friday

A Web of Doubt

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Author Charles Seife spots the falsehoods and fakes that make their way onto the information super highway.

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Science Friday

Do Your Patriotic Duty: Learn Math

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Mathematician Edward Frenkel says a well-educated public is essential to democracy—and that includes being knowledgeable about math.

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Science Friday

How New Rules and Smart Tech Are Reinventing the Grid

Thursday, July 03, 2014

After Superstorm Sandy, there was a lot of talk of a more distributed smart grid—a more resilient system. But how far have we come?

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Science Friday

Ben Franklin: Sonic Explorer

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Ben Franklin’s sonic experiments included inventing a new musical instrument and testing the limits of the human voice.

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Science Friday

Meet the Mohawk Behind NASA’s Curiosity Mission

Thursday, July 03, 2014

NASA’s “Mohawk Man,” Bobak Ferdowsi, talks public and private space exploration, plans for Europa, and whether or not we’ll be putting a human on Mars.

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On The Media

A Comics Artist Is Taking On Amazon

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Artist Anders Nilsen wades into the increasingly public dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

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On The Media

Google Has Started Censoring European Search Results

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The EU's Right to Be Forgotten law means that Google can be forced to hide links to unflattering stories about people. The BBC's Robert Peston wrote yesterday that he'd received notice from Google that his work was being censored under the new laws:

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The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Pew surveyed more than 1,400 tech industry leaders and academics to find a troubling consensus: By 2025, the Internet will be more balkanized, more surveilled and less open.

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The Takeaway

NASA Plans Life on Mars by 2030

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Ellen Stofan is NASA's Chief Scientist. She says that nowadays, her focus is on figuring out how to get astronauts to Mars—and not just for a quick touchdown, either. Stofan says she's optimistic, despite the challenges, that space travelers can take their first steps on Mars by 2030.

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The Takeaway

The Science Behind Fireworks

Thursday, July 03, 2014

For chemists, this time of year is a moment to celebrate not just the summer season, but all the different ways to release chemical energy fast and furiously.

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20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A scientific study that manipulated the news feeds of Facebook users has sparked a lot of negative feelings toward the company. A top executive apologized. Now, NPR's Shankar Vedantam weighs in.

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Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.

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All Things Considered

From Missiles To The Pitch: The Story Behind World Cup Tech

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Brian Kopp of STATS LLC explains how technology first developed by the Israeli military is now being used in athletics.

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All Things Considered

Apps That Share, Or Scalp, Public Parking Spots

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A new breed of tech company is offering mobile apps to help drivers using public, metered parking spots sell them to the highest bidder. But in San Francisco, city officials want to put a stop to it.

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Facebook's Sandberg Apologizes For Newsfeed Experiment

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Facebook scientists were criticized for a study that manipulated what some Facebook users saw on their feeds. COO Sheryl Sandberg said they didn't mean to upset users.

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This Week's Innovation: Slippers That Fit Like A Second Skin

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A concept of perfectly fitting footwear inspired by cheese fondue, these slippers would be made by you, for you.

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