Science and Technology

The Two-Way
11:44 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Attacks Over Crimea Play Out In Virtual Arena; Websites Hit

A screenshot of the Crimean referendum's website shows a report on a denial-of-service attack that made the site unavailable for several hours last night.
NPR

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 1:24 pm

Tensions have risen in Ukraine this month, as its military has confronted heavily armed, pro-Russian forces that took control of Crimea. But as of now, some of most serious attacks to be alleged are ones hitting websites on both sides of the disagreement.

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Humans
6:51 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Not-So-Objective Scientists Cling To Accepted Wisdom

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 10:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Scientists are usually portrayed as highly rational seekers of the truth - and they are that. But they also have qualities that make them more similar to you and me than you might think. NPR's Joe Palca has a story that reveals that quite dramatically. Joe's been immersed in an NPR series called Joe's Big Idea, where he explores the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. And from time to time, he drops by to share some of the interesting things he's learned. Hi, Joe.

JOE PALCA, BYLINE: Hi, Rachel.

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Digital Life
6:51 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Making Your Device Your Best Travel Companion

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 10:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Spring break is not far away. So, it's time to start planning that trip, if you haven't booked it already. This is when those smartphones and tablets come in handy, right? I mean, they are supposed to help us be more organized. It's not really working for me. On this week's Wingin' It, though, we're going to attempt to help you make best use of your digital devices when traveling.

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Digital Life
6:51 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Authors Tighten Up Their Stories For Twitter Fiction Festival

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 10:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Digital Life
6:51 am
Sun March 16, 2014

A Chronicle Of Phony Tech Gadgets

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 10:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you ever find yourself longing for an iPhone with a telescopic antenna, which serves no apparent purpose, and if you don't mind buying a totally fake phone, then we have a website for you. You can find out all about the world's best fakes at Engadget.com. The tech magazine prints a regular feature online called Keepin' It Real Fake, or K-I-R-F, KIRF. Joining us now to go through a few of his favorites is Engadget's senior editor Michael Gorman. Welcome to the program.

MICHAEL GORMAN: Thanks for having me.

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All Tech Considered
6:51 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Goggles Bring Virtual Reality Closer To Your Living Room

The Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles make for an immersive experience.
Nan Palmero Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 2:53 pm

Going back to ancient times, the aim of storytellers has been to immerse us in an experience — of another place, time or point of view. This past week at the South by Southwest film, music and technology conferences in Austin, storytellers and great technologists showed off new ways to take us beyond cinema, or TV or even traditional video games. One of the most compelling experiences came via the Oculus Rift, a set of virtual reality goggles.

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Author Interviews
6:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Why'd The Scientist Cross The Road? To Figure Out Why You're Laughing

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Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 5:03 pm

Here's a joke: A man is sitting on the porch with his wife one night when, out of the blue he says, "I love you." His wife says, "Was that you? Or was that the beer talking?" The man says, "That was me — talking to the beer."

Maybe you laughed at that and maybe you didn't, but either way, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems wants to know whether you found it funny. In his new book HA! Weems explores the science "of when we laugh and why."

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:13 am
Sat March 15, 2014

You're Old. You're a Rock. You Can See

The Salt
4:01 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush

Bacteria don't wear wristwatches. But they can take their sweet time hopping onto a potato chip.
Greg Williams/Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 4:47 pm

Many of us will happily eat a gummy bear or cookie after it falls on the floor, as long as we snatch it up quickly. Say, five seconds or less, right?

Well, science just gave us another excuse to continue this food-saving habit, especially when it comes to carpet-dusted snacks.

Biology students at the Aston University in Birmingham, U.K., measured how quickly two common bacteria hop aboard foods dropped on tiles, linoleum and carpet.

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The Two-Way
5:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

U.S. To Relinquish Remaining Control Of The Internet

A screen shows a rolling feed of new generic top-Level domain names (gTLDs) that have been applied for.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 5:54 pm

The United States announced its intention on Friday of relinquishing its remaining control of the Internet.

In a statement, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration said it wants to relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

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