Science & Technology

All Tech Considered
12:42 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Say It With A Selfie: Protesting In The Age Of Social Media

Di-Tu Dissassa posted an Instagram photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
@_silencesspoken/Instagram

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:36 am

With a hashtag and the click of a button, people are standing up for what they believe in.

Di-Tu Dissassa, a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, posted an Instagram photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls in support of the more than 200 missing girls in Nigeria.

She says she posted the photo as part of an initiative by her school's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, where she works.

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All Tech Considered
9:33 am
Sat May 10, 2014

High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone

North Dakota farmer Jim Reimers shows off one of the drones he uses to collect data on his family's 30,000-acre farm.
Steve Henn NPR

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 10:11 am

There was a near-miss in the skies above Tallahassee recently. According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, an American Airlines regional jet nearly collided with a "small, remotely piloted aircraft" — a drone — cruising 2,300-feet above sea level.

Exactly who was flying the unmanned aircraft remains unknown, but drones are becoming increasingly common in U.S. skies. This week in North Dakota, the FAA began allowing tests of drones for agricultural purposes.

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Humans
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

If It's Pricey, It Must Be Tastier, And Other Lies Our Brains Tell

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:44 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Question for you - why are so many of us convinced that Coca-Cola taste better than Royal Crown or the Safeway brand?

PAUL BLOOM: And it does. Perrier taste better than regular water so long as you know it's Perrier.

SIMON: That's Paul Bloom, a Yale psychologist. When it comes to branding, he says that companies like Coca-Cola depend on that simple human quality that we believe something is better because we are told that it is. Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour had a few questions for Paul Bloom.

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All Tech Considered
5:07 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal

Beats headphones are sold alongside iPods in an Apple store in New York City. Apple is reportedly considering buying Beats for more than $3 billion.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Another week in tech is wrapping up with talk of another multi-billion dollar buy. Let's get to it with our roundup, starting with the ICYMI section, which features stories we've been telling on air and online, the Big Conversations in tech and closing with our Curiosities — other fun links you should see.

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Shots - Health News
4:06 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

U.S. Marine Sgt. Robert Scoggin gets a vaccination against smallpox in 2003 at Camp Pendleton in California — one of the final steps before deployment overseas.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:45 pm

The World Health Organization is revisiting a question that's been the subject of intense debate for decades: whether to destroy the only known samples of the smallpox virus.

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Environment
3:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Ahead Of Wildfire Season, Scientists Study What Fuels Fires

A lab technician lighting a fire in a wind tunnel at a fire lab in Riverside, Calif.
Sean Nealon University of California, Riverside

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:00 pm

As fire managers in the drought-stricken Southwest gear up for another long and expensive wildfire season, federal fire scientists are trying to better understand the physics behind what makes blazes spread.

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All Tech Considered
2:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Not-So-Social Media: Why People Have Stopped Talking On Phones

There was a time when teens would spend hours on the phone gabbing with friends. Now, that's the stodgiest behavior imaginable.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 3:34 pm

Emma Wisniewski felt exposed. The New York-based actress had moments where she had to open up in a way that made her feel particularly vulnerable.

She had to talk on the phone. In front of people — her fellow actors and the audience.

"I've done several plays now that required talking on landlines, and what always strikes me is the relatively public nature of it," she says.

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Health Studies
10:25 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UTHSC Studies Childhood Obesity Among Latinos

As diabetes and obesity remain at epidemic levels for the Latino community, a study at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio aims to keep Hispanic children from becoming another member of the statistic pool. 

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Pop Culture
9:27 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Hard 'G' Or Soft, The GIF Takes Its Place As A Modern Art Form

Dramatic chipmunk is one of the examples of the The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture installation at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City.
Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

"!!!!"

That was the body of the note from NPR producer Evie Stone, along with a link to an exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image titled The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture.

Obviously, Evie and I share a certain sensibility. And just as obviously, I had to go to Astoria, Queens, to check out the exhibit — and report this piece.

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Planet Money
2:53 am
Fri May 9, 2014

When Lyrics Get Posted Online, Who Gets Paid?

Rap Genius

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Any time a song is popular, you'll find people debating it. And at some point during that debate, someone is going to Google the lyrics.

There are roughly 5 million searches for lyrics per day on Google, according to LyricFind. Those searches often lead to websites that post lyrics to lots of songs — and, in many cases, sites that post ads alongside those lyrics.

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