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3:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 6:40 pm

California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.

Krulwich Wonders...
1:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 9:06 am

They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.

First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green leaves ...

Next, we arrange lunch. We choose a bunch of young, healthy bean plants with lots of broad, green leaves ...

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All Tech Considered
12:24 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Check Out The Barefoot Wax Sculpture Of Mark Zuckerberg

The public will be able to see the life-size Mark Zuckerberg wax figure in San Francisco.
Kurt Wagner Courtesy of Mashable

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:14 pm

I don't know how I missed this (yes, yes I do) but the life-size wax figure of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unveiled last week.

As you can see here, the wax Zuckerberg is dressed in his signature hoodie, sitting barefoot with his legs crossed and his laptop in his lap. Mashable reports:

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Shots - Health News
11:41 am
Tue April 29, 2014

To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet

Tornadoes killed at least 17 people on Sunday and Monday. But some managed to stay safe in underground shelters like the one at right in Vilonia, Ark.
Karen E. Segrave AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 2:44 pm

Deadly tornadoes have wreaked havoc in the South, leveling homes and claiming at least 28 lives in the past three days. And meteorologists say the threat of more tornadoes won't ease up till Wednesday.

Getting to a safe place is the best thing that people can do to protect themselves and their families. That can mean a specially constructed concrete safe room, a basement, or just a ditch if you're caught outdoors.

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All Tech Considered
11:07 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Psst! Wearable Devices Could Make Big Tech Leaps, Into Your Ear

Bragi's Dash, a fitness-centered wireless earpiece, has raised over $3 million on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site.
Bragi

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 4:35 pm

It's early evening on a Thursday and you're at a networking event, balancing a small plate of appetizers in one hand. Someone comes up to you to say hello. She acts like you've met before, but you can't recall where.

"It's Jackie Barnes," she says.

"Jackie Barnes," you repeat like you remember. "It's been a while."

As you say her name, a little device in your ear picks it up. The device does a search, and microseconds later it feeds you the info it's found on the Web: the college she attended, her current company, that she has two kids and is an avid runner.

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The Salt
10:04 am
Tue April 29, 2014

What's The Secret To Pouring Ketchup? Know Your Physics

TED-Ed YouTube

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 11:02 am

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All Tech Considered
2:14 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Weighing The Risks Of Warrantless Phone Searches During Arrests

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in two cases over whether law enforcement can search cellphones obtained at an arrest without a warrant.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 12:10 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in two cases testing whether police can search cellphones without a warrant at the time of an arrest, be it for a traffic violation or for a felony.

The Supreme Court has interpreted the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches to require that police obtain a search warrant from a neutral judge upon a showing that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. The warrant is to specify where the search will be conducted and the evidence being sought.

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Science & Technology
3:21 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

San Antonio On AT&T List Of Possible High-Speed Internet Cities

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

AT&T is firmly in the high-speed Internet race with Google as the company announced it is exploring a network expansion for its GigaPower service, which offers speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second.

Renée Flores, regional VP of external affairs at AT&T, said San Antonio is one of 25 metro areas the company is looking at for the expansion.

"The gigabit speeds would allow you to download 25 songs in one second, your favorite TV show in three seconds, and a high-definition movie in just under 36 seconds," Flores said. 

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All Tech Considered
3:01 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

1970s NPR logo.
NPR

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 1:10 pm

The memo arrived on paper.

Because it was 1994.

A notice, to all NPR staff, proclaiming, "Internet is coming to NPR!"

And there was no directive to log on to this fast-growing "organization," by the way. "If you do not want to use Internet," the memo read, "simply do nothing."

You can see more highlights from NPR's pre-Internet days at the Nprchives Tumblr.

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All Tech Considered
3:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

As Kickstarter Evolves, Investors Watch For Next $1 Billion Idea

LIFX smart bulbs raised over $1 million on Kickstarter and a few million more from professional investors.
LIFX

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 12:12 pm

Most of the projects on Kickstarter are quirky, small and artisanal — take the example of the glow-in-the-dark dog collar — but in one corner of the online bazaar, the projects are about the numbers. Some investors visit Kickstarter in search of the next billion-dollar company.

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