Science and Technology

The Two-Way
11:03 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Glenn Greenwald: NSA Believes It Should Be Able To Monitor All Communication

Glenn Greenwald in April, arriving in the U.S. for the first time since documents were disclosed to him by former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 10:12 am

Glenn Greenwald, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who helped to break stories about mass surveillance in the United States, is making more revelations in a new book coming out Tuesday.

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, Greenwald says one of the more "shocking" things he's found is that the National Security Agency physically intercepted shipments of computer hardware, like routers, switches and servers, to outfit them with surveillance equipment.

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Education
6:36 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Gender Imbalance in Academic Science

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 11:55 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Science has a gender problem. Although men and women tend to enter science in relatively equal numbers, women are vastly underrepresented at the top of the ladder. To help sort out why, we're joined by our NPR science correspondent Joe Palca, who's been looking into the apparent imbalance, especially in academic science. He joins me now to talk about what he's found. Hey, Joe.

JOE PALCA, BYLINE: Hi there.

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U.S.
4:42 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Facebook Gun Clubs Buy, Sell, Trade And Cause A Stir

A selection of guns on display.
Elena Liachenko/iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 10:01 am

Mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years have put access to firearms in the cross-hairs of gun control groups. Last year, some gun control advocates urged Facebook to ban posts advertising guns.

Facebook recently announced that it wouldn't do that, but that it would tighten its rules. Some gun control groups say Facebook missed the mark, but for gun owners, it's a good deal.

Cody Bourgeois recently got a new Smith and Wesson M&P .40 semi-automatic. He says it was his wife's idea.

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All Tech Considered
4:40 am
Sun May 11, 2014

To Know Thyself, Collect Data On Your Dog

Whistle is a wearable device for your dog that tracks the pup's activity.
Whistle

If you walk your dog after dinner each night, does that help you sleep better? Maybe you've noticed that this seems to be the case, but access to hard data would help confirm it.

As technology advances and more people dig into the metrics of how they live, the market is exploding with wearable devices that enable deeper self-monitoring. There's even a fancy name for this: the quantifiable self, basically using technology to gather data on your life.

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Krulwich Wonders...
4:33 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

Numberphile YouTube

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 7:18 am

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Sports
5:40 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Athletes Chased By Technology In The Sport Of Anti-Doping

Lance Armstrong (left) and Tyler Hamilton compete in the 90th Tour de France in 2003. Hamilton later testified in the doping case brought against Armstrong and the U.S. Postal cycling team.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:59 pm

As the Giro d'Italia bicycle race sets off in Ireland this weekend, the shadow of doping will not be far behind. In a competition to beat the cheaters, scientists are constantly trying to improve drug testing.

While it can be hard for regulators to keep up with new habits, when an athlete is finally caught doping, the result can be revolutionary.

Performance-enhancing drugs have plagued the sport of cycling for years, with Lance Armstrong at the center of the scandal. But he was not alone.

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Research News
12:58 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

What Men Really Want When It Comes to Work

Want to hire smart men? Give them paternity leave.
Laura Doss Getty Images

Sure, there's salary and vacation time, but there's one more benefit on the minds of many men — even in their 20s and 30s — when it comes to job necessities.

Eighty-nine percent of men say paternity leave is hugely important to them, says a new Boston College study to be published in June.

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All Tech Considered
12:42 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Say It With A Selfie: Protesting In The Age Of Social Media

Di-Tu Dissassa posted an Instagram photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
@_silencesspoken/Instagram

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:36 am

With a hashtag and the click of a button, people are standing up for what they believe in.

Di-Tu Dissassa, a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, posted an Instagram photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls in support of the more than 200 missing girls in Nigeria.

She says she posted the photo as part of an initiative by her school's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, where she works.

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All Tech Considered
9:33 am
Sat May 10, 2014

High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone

North Dakota farmer Jim Reimers shows off one of the drones he uses to collect data on his family's 30,000-acre farm.
Steve Henn NPR

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 10:11 am

There was a near-miss in the skies above Tallahassee recently. According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, an American Airlines regional jet nearly collided with a "small, remotely piloted aircraft" — a drone — cruising 2,300-feet above sea level.

Exactly who was flying the unmanned aircraft remains unknown, but drones are becoming increasingly common in U.S. skies. This week in North Dakota, the FAA began allowing tests of drones for agricultural purposes.

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Humans
6:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

If It's Pricey, It Must Be Tastier, And Other Lies Our Brains Tell

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 10:44 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Question for you - why are so many of us convinced that Coca-Cola taste better than Royal Crown or the Safeway brand?

PAUL BLOOM: And it does. Perrier taste better than regular water so long as you know it's Perrier.

SIMON: That's Paul Bloom, a Yale psychologist. When it comes to branding, he says that companies like Coca-Cola depend on that simple human quality that we believe something is better because we are told that it is. Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour had a few questions for Paul Bloom.

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