Science & Technology

The Two-Way
1:34 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Look For The Super-Est Moon Of The Summer

The supermoon rises over Beijing on Sunday. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 11:55 pm

We've already had one "supermoon" this summer and there's another one due next month, but the one you might see Sunday night has astronomy fans running out of lunar superlatives. National Geographic is calling it an "extra-supermoon."

As NatGeo explains:

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Technology
8:43 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Where Can Drones Fly? Legal Limits Are Up In the Air

Steve Cohen and his students fly a drone at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. The FAA prohibits drones from flying above 400 feet or from being used for commercial gain.
Sarah Gonzalez WNYC

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 9:38 pm

It's getting easier for the average civilian to own drones.

The word may bring to mind million-dollar jets that carry bombs, but a drone is any aircraft that doesn't have passengers or a pilot onboard. Some look like sophisticated remote-control helicopters and model airplanes.

They're available online and in stores, some for less than $100. But whether and where owners are allowed to fly those drones falls in a legal gray area.

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Middle East
6:47 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Social Media Let Users Stick To Their Preferred News Slant

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 5:21 pm

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Animals
6:47 am
Sun August 10, 2014

In Just 6 Generations, Butterflies Brighten Their Colors

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 10:54 am

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Space
6:47 am
Sun August 10, 2014

A Night Sky Matchup: Supermoon Vs. Meteors

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 10:54 am

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You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. This summer, we've been doing an occasional feature called Stargazing.

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All Tech Considered
4:26 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Virtual Reality's Next Hurdle: Overcoming 'Sim Sickness'

Attendees play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 11:31 am

After a decade out of the spotlight, virtual reality has returned to pop culture — and with a vengeance.

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Animals
4:14 am
Sun August 10, 2014

These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers

The antenna trailing off the diver's foot is there to ward off sharks by creating an electromagnetic field that sharks are sensitive to. Unlike fish snagged with the diver's spear gun, sharks warded off by the Shark Shield remain unharmed.
Courtesy of Shark Shield

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 10:54 am

Interest in sharks peaks every summer, when more people hit the beach and start looking for that tell-tale fin. This year, between Sharknado 2: The Second One and Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" — which kicks off Sunday — sharks have been making a particularly large splash on TV screens across the country.

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Animals
4:13 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Glass-Free Menagerie: New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures

This concept image shows an aerial view of the proposed Zootopia in Denmark. The designer says the idea is to let the animals roam free, separated from visitors by hidden barriers.
Bjarke Ingels Group

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 4:15 pm

For animal lovers, zoos can be a mixed bag.

It's amazing to be in shouting distance of magnificent wild animals, but it's hard not to get the feeling that great apes, big cats and other creatures don't really love being behind bars, walls and windows.

Now, a Danish architectural firm is working with the Givskud Zoo and safari park in Denmark to break down those walls and create what they're calling Zootopia.

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Brain Candy
4:13 pm
Sat August 9, 2014

Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss

Hearing 50 Cent's "In Da Club" made music-listeners feel more powerful.
YouTube

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 4:15 pm

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Sat August 9, 2014

WATCH: NASA Tests New Mars Braking System

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 10:49 am

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a video of its test of a new inflatable braking system designed to land heavy payloads on Mars.

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