Science & Technology

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6:03 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You?

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:27 am

"I'm sitting next to a swimming pool and somebody dives in," says the great physicist Richard Feynman in a conversation recorded in 1983. Other people jump in as well.

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4:14 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

From Thermostats To Prison Security, More Things Going Online

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 6:14 pm



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Brain Candy
2:30 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

What Does Cold Sound Like? See If Your Ear Can Tell Temperature

That water sounds so cold.

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:22 am

Can you hear the difference between hot and cold?

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All Tech Considered
11:57 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Tech Week: The Facebook Fail, Internet 2025 And Fondue Footwear

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a developer conference in April. His company was unliked this week for manipulating users' news feeds to test their emotions.
Ben Margot AP

The world of technology keeps on spinning. Hang on, here's what happened this week in tech, from NPR and beyond.


Sell Your Spot: Trouble finding a parking spot? See if someone's selling one. New apps are popping up that allow drivers to buy and sell parking spots in high-traffic areas. But, as NPR's Aarti Shahani found, there are some problems with the concept.

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All Tech Considered
4:13 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Quit Social Media, Save Your Marriage?

Researchers found that, in general, people who use social media are 32 percent more likely to think about leaving their spouse.

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:04 am

Your wife comes to bed late — again — after spending hours on Facebook. Maybe you feel like your husband is more focused on Twitter than you. Here's a pro tip: You may not imagining it. Your relationship really could be headed for rocky shores, if not splitsville, according to a new study from Boston University.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Is No Match For Man In Ocean With Facebook

Richard Neal gave a play-by-play of Hurricane Arthur from his perch in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 12:55 pm

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6:38 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Big Data Comes To College

The Course Signals dashboard tells professors how their students are doing at a glance.
Information Technology at Purdue

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 12:18 pm

When students at Purdue University are reading their homework assignments, sometimes the assignments are reading them too.

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2:37 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

Our popular image of Homo erectus as the proto-guy who whose human-like traits all emerged at once needs overhauling, some anthropologists say.
Sylvain Entressangle Science Source

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 12:18 am

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.

That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the details of how we became who we are.

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All Tech Considered
4:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

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

By hijacking a user's computer, "bad" bots make it look as if she visits a website often, thus making the site more valuable to advertisers.

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:05 am

As the Web turns 25, it's becoming a terrific place if you're a bot.

It began as a tool for human communication, but now, over 60 percent of the traffic on the Web is automated applications called bots talking to other bots, according to one study. And experts say about half of those bots are bad.

But first let's talk about the good bots.

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3:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Study: Surge In Okla. Quakes Can Be Traced To Drilling Operations

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 5:26 pm

StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports on a new study that links a "swarm" of earthquakes to four specific, high-volume oil and gas industry disposal wells. It's one of several reports that show oil and gas activity could be causing a rise in earthquake activity.