Science and Technology

Krulwich Wonders...
4:27 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Intriguing Lime-Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Courtesy of Terrace Lodge

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:09 am

Oops.

Someone dropped lime sherbet on the desert — and it's melting. Who's going to clean this up?

Nobody. Because this — believe it or not — is a plant. It may look like a glob of goo, but it's not at all gooey. It's solid to the touch — so solid that a man can lie on top of it and not sink in, not even a little.

Read more
Shots - Health News
4:07 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Filtering A New Idea: A Book That's Educational And 'Drinkable'

Contaminated water can spread diseases like cholera and typhoid. A new project aims to provide water filters in the form of an educational book.
Soe Than Win AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 9:32 pm

Read more
Humans
6:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

The Dismissive, Exasperated, Sinister Sounds Of Teenagers

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 10:29 am

Teens can appear distant and moody, unless you speak their language. Linguist James Harbeck speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about his quest to crack the code. (This story first aired June 1, 2013.)

Sports
6:58 am
Sat May 17, 2014

A Worldwide Voyage To Prove Stars, Wind And Waves Are Enough

David Komine Kawika, a crew member on the Hikianalia, Hokulea's sister canoe.
Molly Solomon Courtesy of Polynesian Voyaging Society

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:17 am

An ambitious journey by canoe gets underway in Hawaii on Saturday when two double-hulled vessels set sail on a three-year trip around the world.

The 62-foot double-hulled Hokulea is not your average sea vessel. A couple sails, a wooden oar to steer and about five miles of rope to hold the canoe together. Captain Bob Perkins says what you won't find on board is any type of navigational instrument. No GPS, no compass — not even a watch.

Read more
Simon Says
4:39 am
Sat May 17, 2014

A School Lunch Denied Prompts Powerful Action In A World Of Words

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 10:29 am

If someone is outraged these days, they often blog about it, or post a tweet in righteous indignation. Parents urge children to use their words, and in the news business, we certainly believe in the power of words and information.

But you may wonder these days if some people confuse posting with taking action. Pretty or pungent rhetoric can grasp a few seconds of attention, then — just evaporate.

Read more
All Tech Considered
4:37 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Tech Week: The Right To Be Forgotten And The Open Internet

Protesters hold a rally to support net neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission building in Washington, D.C.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

It's that time again! Just as we do every weekend, let's take a look back at the week's big technology headlines from NPR and beyond.

Read more
The Two-Way
7:38 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Apple, Google, Agree To Drop Patent Infringement Dispute

Apple and Google have agreed to settle a patent infringement suit over smartphone technology.
Karly Domb Sadof AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:40 pm

Apple and Google have agreed to drop perhaps the highest-profile lawsuit in high-tech, ending litigation over smartphone patents.

"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," the tech giants said in a joint statement on Friday. The two firms added that they "have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform."

Read more
The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

In this June 2013 photo provided by National Geographic, diver Susan Bird, working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, brushes the Naia skull found at the site.
Paul Nicklen AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:00 pm

The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.

Read more
All Tech Considered
3:34 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

European Ruling On Removing Google Links May Leave A Mess

Legal experts say it's too soon to know the impact of a European court ruling that will require Google to remove some links upon request.
Virginia Mayo AP

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:31 pm

Google's lawyers are trying to make sense of a ruling they did not expect.

Read more
Around the Nation
3:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

What's To Blame For California's Early Fire Season?

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:00 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

These fires herald what promises to be an especially busy and dangerous fire season in California. The entire state is in a condition of extreme drought. Couple that with high temperatures and strong Santa Ana winds and you wind up with what we're seeing now: spinning columns of fierce flame called firenados(ph). I'm joined now by California's secretary for natural resources, John Laird. Welcome to the program, Mr. Laird.

JOHN LAIRD: It's a pleasure to be with you.

Read more

Pages