Science & Technology

Animals
1:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Lionfish Attacking Atlantic Ocean Like A Living Oil Spill

Lionfish, like this one spotted in the Bahamas, are a nonnative predatory fish that can decimate native fish populations.
Cammy Clark MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 12:45 pm

A gluttonous predator is power-eating its way through reefs from New York to Venezuela. It's the lionfish.

And although researchers are coming up with new ways to protect some reefs from the flamboyant maroon-striped fish, they have no hope of stopping its unparalleled invasion.

Lad Akins has scuba dived in the vibrant reefs of the Bahamas for many years. But when he returned a couple years ago, he saw almost no fish smaller than his hand.

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Digital Life
1:19 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Separating Social Media's Fact From Fiction Amid Crisis

In the moments following the twin explosions at the Boston Marathon, many of the initial reports disseminated through social media proved to be false. Jeremy Stahl, social media editor for Slate.com, shares his rules for social media responsibly in the midst of tragic, breaking news.

Krulwich Wonders...
8:45 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Who Stands Where In A Crowded Elevator And Why?

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:22 pm

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Social Media Helped Find Loved Ones After Marathon Bombing

A runner uses his cellphone after two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Alex Trautwig Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 11:22 am

In the chaos and mayhem that followed the Boston Marathon bombing, many people were frantic to learn the fate of friends and loved ones who were either in the race or watched it from the sidelines.

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Law
6:13 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Justices Appear Skeptical Of Patenting Human Genes

Medical geneticist Dr. Harry Ostrer (center) talks to the press outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The court heard oral arguments on the highly charged question of whether human genes can be patented.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 7:44 am

In a case considered pivotal to the future of science and medicine, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed skeptical Monday about a claim that human genes can be patented.

Contending that genes can be patented are the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, which see patents as the keys to new scientific exploration. On the other side are doctors, patients and many scientists, who see gene patents as an attempt to monopolize and block future exploration in the new universe of genetics.

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Technology
5:06 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Go Figure: The Machine That Put Computation In Your Pocket

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:37 pm

In 1967, Jerry Merryman, with two colleagues, helped invent the first electronic hand-held calculator. The team wanted to create a device that would make adding machines and slide rules obsolete.

All Tech Considered
3:50 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Speak Up! Advertisers Want You To Talk With New Apps

Drinks columnist David Wondrich is seen on Esquire's new Talk to Esquire app, which allows users to interact with several of the magazine's columnists through voice recognition.
Screengrab via YouTube

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 9:02 pm

Imagine for a second what it would be like if you could talk to your radio, and your radio would actually listen. To get an idea of what this might be like, I downloaded an app called Talk to Esquire, from the magazine of the same name.

When I opened it, the app asked me a question: What's your favorite type of liquor? That's a little forward, but it's Esquire so I played along and told the app that I'm more of a beer drinker.

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The Salt
3:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

A Tax Day Story For Hard Cider Lovers

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:06 pm

Is small-batch hard apple cider the next microbrew? It seems everybody and their brother is experimenting with ways to make the potent stuff profitable. Sales of domestically produced hard cider have more than tripled since 2007, according to beverage industry analysts — and that's not counting Europe, where it has held a steady popularity for centuries.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ford, GM Will Jointly Develop Fuel-Efficient Transmissions

Schematic of the current generation of six-speed transmissions co-developed by GM and Ford.
GM Wieck

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 2:04 pm

Rivals Ford and General Motors said Monday they will work together to develop new transmissions aimed at helping them meet upcoming fuel efficiency standards.

The new 9-speed transmissions for front-wheel-drive vehicles and 10 speeds for rear-drive and SUVs and trucks are expected to reach the market by 2016.

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Digital Life
1:33 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

What The Bitcoin Boom Could Mean For Online Commerce

Bitcoins are a digital currency, attractive to those who prefer not to leave a paper trail when they buy and sell things online. Over the past two years, the Bitcoin community has widely expanded and the value of the currency has fluctuated wildly.

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