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4:07 am
Mon March 24, 2014

25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

Orca Inlet, Cordova's fishing harbor, on a blustery day this month. Commercial fishing is the small Alaskan town's primary industry.
Marisa Peñaloza NPR

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:25 am

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it.

It's a blustery, snowy March day when Michelle Hahn O'Leary offers a tour of Cordova, Alaska, situated on the eastern shore of Prince William Sound.

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All Tech Considered
5:01 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Getting Back In The Game: Where Should A Would-Be Gamer Play?

Iconic video game character Mario is shown in the Nintendo booth at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 4:07 pm

This is the first installment of our Getting Back In The Game series, where we're showing you how you can get into the wide world of video games — whether you're new to gaming or a former player who hasn't picked up a controller in a while.

So you want to play video games. People from all walks of life are playing, and what was once a fringe hobby is now a billion-dollar industry.

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Code Switch
11:33 am
Sun March 23, 2014

The Most Powerful Nerd In The Universe Is A Scientific Anomaly

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is remarkable, in part because he's a black astrophysicist — seemingly as elusive a phenomenon as the Higgs boson.
NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:41 pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson — astrophysicist, irreverent tweeter, vanquisher of Pluto, frequent Stephen Colbert foil — is America's "It" Nerd.

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Digital Life
6:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Reviewing Restaurants For The Heartbroken Masses

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:36 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Most of us know Yelp as an online review site, a place to read, and give opinions about everything from restaurants to doctors. But when a 31-year-old waiter named Chase Compton went through a difficult breakup, he turned to Yelp to chronicle the story. Suddenly, strangers looking for a good dive bar, were reading about his first date. Chase Compton joins us now to talk more about this. Hey, Chase.

CHASE COMPTON: Hi, how are you?

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Sports
6:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

New Test Improves Detection Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:23 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Technology
4:19 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Preserving Audio For The Future Is A Race Against Time

Before 1925, musicians like the Victor Orchestra, conducted by Rosario Bourdon, performed in front of a flared metal horn. An attached stylus would vibrate with the energy of the sound waves and etch them onto a wax rotating cylinder or disc — recording formats that are now very fragile.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress Recorded Sound Section

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:36 am

On the very first archaeological dig of her career, Andrea Berlin discovered the room of a house that somebody had lived in around 800 B.C. Talk about beginner's luck.

"I felt like a time traveler," she says.

Berlin is now a professor of archaeology at Boston University, where she teaches and studies ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean. She finds their sculptures and tools and lots of pottery — anything tangible and substantial enough to last two or three thousand years.

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All Tech Considered
4:57 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Need Money For Your Startup? Being An Attractive Male May Help

Men are more likely to get venture capitalist support than women, and a new study found that attractive males get even more points — from both genders.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 7:47 pm

Google. Twitter. Facebook. Back before they got big, companies like these were just startup ideas, born in dorm rooms and run out of garages. Then came the venture capitalists: rich, older men ready to fund the brilliant ideas of younger, creative men.

But what if you are a woman with a startup idea? A new study says you might not do so well. It's been well-documented that businesses started by women receive very little venture capital money.

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The Two-Way
1:35 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Latest Leak: NSA Burrowed Into Chinese Telecom Giant's Servers

The National Security Agency has in recent years "pried its way into the servers" of Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company that the spy agency has long suspected could work with the Chinese military to steal secrets from American firms and the U.S. government, The New York Times reported Saturday.

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Science
1:03 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science

An oiled murre passes the darkened shoreline near Prince William Sound, Alaska, less than a month after the March 1989 spill.
Erik Hill Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:36 am

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it.

Twenty-five years of research following the Exxon Valdez disaster has led to some startling conclusions about the persistent effects of spilled oil.

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All Tech Considered
12:45 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Tech Week: Robots, Turkish Twitter And A Frustrated Zuckerberg

A BigDog robot at Boston Dynamics in 2010.
Suzanne Kreiter Boston Globe via Getty Images

Happy weekend! If you've missed our tech coverage and the larger conversation at the intersection of technology and culture this week, here's your look back. ICYMI is what we reported on NPR, The Big Conversation includes news from all sorts of places, and Curiosities are important or fun links we think you should check out.

What was on your radar? What should we look out for next week? Tell us in the comment section below. We do read them, you know.

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