No More Reservations: Exclusive Restaurants Require Tickets Instead

NPR | Aug. 05, 2014 4:03 p.m.

High-end restaurants featuring rock star chefs are starting to turn to tickets to stem the tide of no-shows. In the future, going out to eat could become a lot like going to a sold-out concert.

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

NPR | July 31, 2014 1:05 p.m.

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

NPR | July 25, 2014 12:51 p.m.

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers

NPR | July 22, 2014 9:28 a.m.

This year's Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn't the end of the issue.

Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

NPR | July 15, 2014 9:51 a.m.

Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.

'Frobot' Creator: Taking Frozen Yogurt Where It's Never Been Before

NPR | July 02, 2014 2:32 p.m.

Is frozen yogurt a weak link in our quest for sustenance and gastronomic pleasure? A Washington, D.C., start-up thinks so, and has just launched a frozen yogurt vending machine to make fro-yo easier.

Finding Promising New Games In A World Of Dispiriting Sequels

NPR | June 30, 2014 6:54 a.m.

A survey of some of the games that previewed at this month's Electronic Entertainment Expo shows that even in a landscape of mostly boring franchised sequels, there are a few standouts.

With Memories And Online Maps, A Man Finds His 'Way Home'

NPR | June 23, 2014 8:11 a.m.

When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.

Book News: Apple Settles In E-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuit

NPR | June 17, 2014 6:21 a.m.

Also: Sherlock Holmes is now (mostly) in the public domain; Daniel Genis writes about celebrating Bloomsday in prison.

Book News: Labor Department Investigating Deaths At Amazon Warehouses

NPR | June 16, 2014 5:35 p.m.

Also: Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize; notable books coming out this week.

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