NPR | Aug. 30, 2016
Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.
NPR | Aug. 29, 2016
An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.
NPR | Aug. 29, 2016
The soaring number of drones for hire is forecast in response to new federal rules that simplify and streamline the process of getting government approval and certification.
As police find themselves in encounters that are posted live — including video — they sometimes want to pull the social media plug. But activists say this threatens to censor an electronic witness.
Science | Education | Technology | Arts | Nation | Entertainment | BooksNPR | Aug. 29, 2016 9:31 a.m.
The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.
A new feature on Facebook shows what interests the website thinks users have and the types of advertisements it would generate to target them. But people quickly found that not every pick is a gem.
Technology | World | Business | EconomyNPR | Aug. 27, 2016 7:17 a.m.
One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.
Nation | Energy | Technology | BusinessNPR | Aug. 25, 2016 11:53 a.m.
The Federal Trade Commission signed off on Tesla's plan to buy the solar panel installer. CEO Elon Musk is SolarCity's chairman and its largest shareholder.
Nation | Technology | HealthNPR | Aug. 25, 2016 10:29 a.m.
Researchers analyzed people's photo galleries on Instagram, then asked about their mental health. People who favored darker, grayer photos and filters were more likely to be depressed.
From Sprunk and Grog to Nuka-Cola and Fountain View, soda machines are everywhere in video games. A researcher says they can serve a dose of nostalgia after the apocalypse.
In a face-off between voice entry and typing on a mobile device, voice recognition software performed significantly better. The results held true in both English and Mandarin Chinese.