New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

NPR |Oct. 15, 2014 4:01 p.m.

Farmers will be able to plant types of corn and soybeans that can tolerate doses of two weedkillers. It may be one of the most significant developments the world of weedkilling in more than a decade.

How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

NPR |Oct. 06, 2014 12:41 p.m.

In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson explains that Pentagon officials wanted a system the Russians couldn't attack, and 1984 made the public wary of new technology's Big Brother potential.

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

NPR |Oct. 06, 2014 6:33 a.m.

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.

Hands-Free, Mind-Free: What We Lose Through Automation

NPR |Sept. 29, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Robert Siegel is joined by author Nicholas Carr for a look at the future of automation and automobiles. Carr's new book, The Glass Cage, warns against the rise of automation in our lives.

The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

NPR |Sept. 16, 2014 1:42 p.m.

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died August 28, at the age of 95.

Online Dating Stats Reveal A 'Dataclysm' Of Telling Trends

NPR |Sept. 06, 2014 3:39 p.m.

OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder knows a lot about his site's users. He explains how he uses mass data to explore behavior in his new book Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking).

In E-Book Price War, Amazon's Long-Term Strategy Requires Short-Term Risks

NPR |Sept. 04, 2014 1:36 p.m.

Amazon's position is that "instead of selling 100,000 copies at $14.95, you would sell 200,000 copies, let's say, at $8.99 or $9.99," says industry analyst Tim Bajarin.

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

NPR |Aug. 27, 2014 4:31 a.m.

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

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.

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