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7:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

For Apple, A Limited Victory Against Samsung In Infringement Case

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 10:17 am

In a case between tech giants Apple and Samsung, a jury has issued a mixed verdict. The decision marks only the latest in an ongoing struggle over patents between the two companies, a struggle that is expected to see its next skirmish at the Supreme Court later this year.

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All Tech Considered
4:19 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

New Anonymous Facebook Login Hides Info, But Not From Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg kicks off the annual Facebook developers conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 12:42 pm

It should come as no surprise that many of Facebook's more than 1 billion users are sometimes anxious about how their information is being used. Facebook's privacy policies have changed a fair bit over the past decade, and as the company has grown up, it's begun to offer users more options to control the information they share.

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Animals
3:13 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

How A Pan, A Lamp And A Little Bit Of Water Can Trap A Stink Bug

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 10:17 am

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The brown marmorated stink bug is a real pest. It can be found now in 41 states, the District of Columbia and also Canada. The bugs destroy crops and frustrate humans because they, too, like to shelter indoors when it's cold outside. Scientists at Virginia Tech say they have come up with a trap that can be made for just a couple of dollars.

From member station WVTF, Robbie Harris has the story.

ROBBIE HARRIS, BYLINE: No matter how good a housekeeper you are, it's not easy to keep stink bugs from ruining your image.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Contestants compete in a rock-paper-scissors tournament in Gainesville, Fla., in 2012. A new study indicates it's not as random as it seems.
Matt Stamey Gainesville Sun/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 3:22 pm

The child's game rock-paper-scissors is designed for a random outcome in which no player has an advantage over any other.

While that might be true based solely on random probability, it ignores the way humans actually play the game, according to a new study published by Cornell University.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:37 am
Fri May 2, 2014

'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked

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Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:39 pm

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NPR Story
4:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Quiet Zone Shuns Cell Service, Wi-Fi

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

The National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000-square-miles area in West Virginia where cell phones and WI-FI are banned. (This piece originally aired Oct. 8, 2013 on Morning Edition.)

All Tech Considered
2:41 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Amid The Device Hype, This Startup Is Taking Wearables To Heart

Steve Jungmann, vice president at the tech startup Quanttus, holds up an early prototype of the biometric sensors the company will use on its wearable products. The current version is much smaller.
Chris Arnold NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

There's been a lot of talk about wearable devices being the next big thing in the technology world. It's easy for the hype to get ahead of the products, but there's actually some serious innovation going on.

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All Tech Considered
4:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape

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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 12:41 pm

A California jury is deliberating a major lawsuit between tech titans Apple and Samsung. Apple is suing Samsung for patent infringement and asking for a whopping $2 billion in damages. But even if Apple prevails in this case, later this year the Supreme Court could undermine the victory by calling Apple's patents and thousands of others into question.

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Health
3:54 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm

New research could be promising for infertile men. Scientists were able to make immature sperm cells from skin cells. Their next challenge is to make that sperm viable.
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Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:46 am

Scientists reported Thursday they had figured out a way to make primitive human sperm out of skin cells, an advance that could someday help infertile men have children.

"I probably get 200 emails a year from people who are infertile, and very often the heading on the emails is: Can you help me?" says Renee Reijo Pera of Montana State University, who led the research when she was at Stanford University.

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Shots - Health News
3:40 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Contagious Aphrodisiac? Virus Makes Crickets Have More Sex

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:47 am

Imagine if there were a virus that could get inside you and dial up your libido, so that you all of a sudden start mating more (more frequently and with more partners), so that the virus — the tricky, tricky, clever, little virus — could transmit itself through your lovemaking to somebody else, then somebody else, and somebody else after that.

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