Science & Technology

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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Around the Nation
3:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Between Farmers And Frackers, Calif. Water Caught In Tussle

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 12:08 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Water supplies in California are tight with the state's severe drought and that's putting a spotlight on hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The controversial oil and gas extraction technique uses freshwater, which can mean millions of gallons for each fracking site.

Lauren Sommer of member station KQED reports from California's Central Valley, where tensions between oil and agriculture are on the rise.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEES)

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Space
3:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

To Save A Satellite, Former NASA Guy Takes Crowdfunding To Space

An artist's rendering depicts the satellite ISEE-3/ICE during its planned lunar fly-by in August 2014.
Mark Maxwell Courtesy ISEE-3 Reboot Project

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:18 pm

Keith Cowing discusses his campaign to save an old 1970s NASA spacecraft from becoming space junk. ISEE-3/ICE is a satellite that was once used to monitor space weather, but it's been unused for decades. NASA doesn't want to spend the money to bring it back to life, but Cowing and his colleagues are determined to do it. If they can raise $125,000 on a crowdfunding site called RocketHub, Cowing says they'll contact ISEE-3/ICE, wake it up and put it back to good use.

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

U.S. Tells Users To Stop Using Internet Explorer For Now

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser shortcut shown on a laptop.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:34 pm

The Department of Homeland Security is warning Americans to stop using the Web browser Internet Explorer because it has a bug that could allow hackers to install malicious software without the user knowing it.

The vulnerability, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team says, has already been exploited in the wild. Essentially, all a user has to do to become a victim is view a "specially crafted HTML document," which means a Web page or even a rich email or attachment.

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The Salt
12:43 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

Sulfur-rich foods, such as cabbage, bok choy and kale, can be popular with gut bacteria. And we all know how much the critters enjoy beans.
Meg Vogel/NPR

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

Not long ago, we heard about a catchy idea for a cookbook: "Fart-free food for everybody."

In theory, these recipes would be helpful for some people — and those in their vicinity.

But being a bit gassy may actually be a small price to pay for a lot of benefits to our health.

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Education
11:31 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Steve Jobs' Death Inspired Goal To Get Kids Coding

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. In a few minutes, we are going to tell you more about former Texas governor Ann Richards. There's a new HBO documentary about her, and we are going to speak with her daughter. But first, something we like to focus on a lot on this program, which is efforts to open up tech careers and education to young people. Computer programming is one of the most sought after skills in the job market.

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