Science & Technology

All Tech Considered
10:36 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Gotta Be Honest, We're Not That Geeked About Apple's Reveal

Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones on Tuesday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 1:48 pm

Leaks to tech industry sites give us a sense of what to expect from Apple's coming product announcement: Not one, but two new iPhone models. One will be more affordable, to reach international markets. The other, which we believe will be called the iPhone 5S, will come in gold or champagne colors.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Warding Off Polar Bears? There's An App For That

A tranquilized subadult polar bear is in a net in 2007 in Churchill, Manitoba, known as the "polar bear capital of the world."
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:01 pm

Just in time for the release of the new iPhone, a man in Canada has found yet another new use for the cellphone — thwarting a polar bear attack.

Garett Kolsun says he used his cellphone to scare off a 400-pound polar bear on the attack, using the light from the handset to startle the animal long enough to allow his escape.

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Krulwich Wonders...
7:54 am
Tue September 10, 2013

A New Kind Of 'More'

The Glue Society

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:11 pm

You've heard, maybe, about "Simple Living"? It's what some people do, Gandhi-style, to simplify their lives. They shed possessions. They watch their carbon footprint. They choose to live with less. They have what they need, and that's enough.

What's the opposite of Simple Living? (Everything needs an opposite, right? Read Hegel.) Well, if you want to conjure Simple Living in reverse, it's not gluttony. Anybody can buy too many shoes. No, the opposite of Simple Living should also be a movement with a name, a style — and lots of fans.

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Space
4:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

NASA's Latest Mission To The Moon Is On Track

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 6:08 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NASA's latest mission to the moon is stuck in orbit around the Earth. And that sounds bad. But as NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca explains, it's actually normal.

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All Tech Considered
5:07 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Smartwatch Is Next Step In 'Quantified Self' Life-Logging

Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch marks a new generation of wearable devices.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:20 pm

You could call it the phantom menace. Each year, in the midst of winter, a rumor surfaces about a new Apple product that sets tech bloggers buzzing.

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The Salt
4:31 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

America's Signature Whiskey: Some craft distilleries, like Catoctin Creek in Virginia, are making a whiskey that's 100 percent rye to showcase the grain's spicy, peppery flavor.
Courtesy of Catoctin Creek

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 1:18 pm

Ten years ago rye whiskey was on the brink of extinction.

Despite its venerable history as the whiskey made by George Washington, only a handful of distillers were bottling this quintessentially American spirit. And you definitely couldn't order a rye Manhattan at your local cocktail lounge.

My, how times have changed.

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Science & Technology
2:22 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Greehey Family Foundation Adds $5 Million To UTHSC Capital Campaign

Bill Greehey speaks to guests at the UTHSC President's Gala Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The UT Health Science Center announced this weekend it had received a gift from the Greehey Family Foundation that puts the Campaign for the Future of Health over its goal of $500 million dollars.

Before an audience of 1,500 attending the president’s gala Saturday night, UT Health Science Center President Dr. William Henrich announced the $5 million gift from the Greeheys. 

Henrich told the audience that the Health Science Center needed a champion and he couldn’t think of a better one for this campaign. The Greeheys also had contributed a record $25 million in 2007.

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The Salt
2:15 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Purple Sweet Potato A Contender To Replace Artificial Food Dyes

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 3:25 pm

We've grown accustomed to choosing our food from a spectacular rainbow — care for an impossibly pink cupcake, a cerulean blue sports drink or yogurt in preppy lavender?

But there's a growing backlash against the synthetic dyes that give us these eye-popping hues. And now scientists are turning to the little-known (and little-grown) purple sweet potato to develop plant-based dyes that can be labeled as nonthreatening vegetable juice.

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All Tech Considered
1:26 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Net Neutrality In Court: Here's What You Need To Know

The future of the Internet is at stake in a case before a D.C. court.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 2:27 pm

The beauty of the Internet — and the reason for its ubiquitous place in our lives — is that just about anyone can use it to offer services, products or information. But the link between what's out there on the Internet, how fast it gets to us and how much data can get to us is dependent on Internet service providers and the rules that govern them. That's where things get thorny for the principle of net neutrality.

If your eyes are already glazing over, consider this: This debate could affect the speed, quality and cost of your Hulu or Netflix binge-viewing.

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The Protojournalist
11:16 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Customization Of You — And Everything Else

NPR

While reading this story on the customization of everything, YOU would discover that it's even possible these days to make yourself the subject of an NPR news story on customization.

In other words, you are reading the story that you are co-writing – about yourself.

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