Science & Technology

All Tech Considered
3:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Post A Survey On Mechanical Turk And Watch The Results Roll In

Researchers are paying people pennies to take their surveys on MechanicalTurk.com, an Amazon site.
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Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 7:42 pm

You can buy just about anything on Amazon.com — clothes, books, electronics. You can buy answers, too. College students and professors are doing all sorts of research on an Amazon site called Mechanical Turk.

Need 200 smokers for your survey on lung cancer? Have a moral dilemma to pose for your paper on Kierkegaard? Now researchers can log in, offer a few pennies in payment and watch the data roll in.

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Environment
3:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

With Waste Dump Closed, Where To Put Nuclear Leftovers?

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 7:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

In New Mexico, the nation's only nuclear waste dump is closed. It's been several weeks since radioactive material was detected in the air at the site. As NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports, the incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.

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Environment
3:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Even After The Floods, The Drought Continues

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 7:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Here's some good news about the water situation in Northern California: More rain is falling today. San Francisco has seen eight inches over the past week and down south, L.A., has seen four. That's more rain than those two cities received over the whole past year. But the drought is still on and is still severe. And California's farmers are still looking at a bleak situation.

Here's NPR's Kirk Siegler.

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Remembrances
3:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Remembering The Doctor Who Spoke Hard Truths About Dying

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 7:42 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

20 years after Sherwin Nuland changed the way we talk about dying, the surgeon and best-selling author of the book "How We Die" has died himself. Dr. Nuland died on Monday at the age of 83. The cause was prostate cancer. In "How We Die," Nuland sought to demythologize the process of dying by offering up a frank discussion of the details of physical deterioration. Here he is speaking on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED in early 1994.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

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All Tech Considered
12:04 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Automakers Eye Laser Lights To Let Drivers See Farther At Night

The i8, which has the optional laser headlights, will be on sale in Europe this summer. BMW is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to get it approved for a U.S. release.
BMW

In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not know about yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use our form.

If you thought LED headlights were bright enough, automakers are looking ahead to even more powerful beams using lasers.

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The Salt
10:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Chipotle Says There's No 'Guacapocalypse' Looming

An employee prepares to make fresh guacamole at a Chipotle restaurant in Hollywood, Calif.
Patrick T. Fallon Bloomberg

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 2:16 pm

Looks like reports of a looming "guacapocalypse" have been vastly overstated.

This morning, guacamole lovers woke to headlines warning that Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle could eventually be forced to drop the dip from its menu, if changing global weather patterns continue to drive volatility in the price of avocados.

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The Protojournalist
10:15 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Hemingway Doesn't Always Live Up To His Code

An undated portrait of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba.
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Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 6:24 pm

The air was clear. Our prose was not.

We remembered what Scott had told us about a clean, well-designed place called Future of Storytelling. Scott said we could learn from it. He was right and it was good.

Through the website, we discovered the Hemingway App.

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Krulwich Wonders...
7:03 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Is That Someone's House? What Astronauts Can See Looking Down

NASA

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 11:41 am

It's nighttime. You are hovering high off the planet looking down. Things are happening. Strange, beautiful, wonderful things.

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World
4:02 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Zello App Gains Popularity With World's Protesters

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 8:17 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

From Caracas to Kiev, protesters are organizing with the help of a social media tool called Zello. The walkie-talkie-like app allows smartphone users to send short voice messages from person to person or to a small group of people. And one key factor that's making Zello the go-to app among protesters, anonymity, something they don't get from Facebook or Twitter.

BILL MOORE: We've had multiple requests from authorities for information. And one way to solve it, in fact the way we solve is we just don't, we don't retain information.

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All Tech Considered
2:07 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Technology May Turn You Into A Bigger Tipper

Figuring out how much to tip, and when, is a delicate science. Some businesses are integrating technology into how you pay to encourage you to tip more.
Dan Bobkoff NPR

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 1:24 pm

You're probably used to rounding up the total on your taxi ride or dropping a buck in a jar at the coffee shop. Now, new high-tech ways to pay nudge you to tip more generously and more often.

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