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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

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.

A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

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.

FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones In The Air Within A Year

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.

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Groups Worry About Impact Of Police Moves To Block Social Media

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 2:02 a.m.

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.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

NPR | 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.

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You Think You Know Me, Facebook, But You Don't Know Anything

NPR | Aug. 28, 2016 4:46 a.m.

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.

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Washington Resumes Hunting And Fishing License Sales

AP | Aug. 27, 2016 2:24 p.m. | Seattle

Hunting and fishing licenses are on sale again in Washington state, after someone hacked or attempted to hack into an outside vendor's system.

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Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

NPR | 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.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

NPR | Aug. 26, 2016 6:40 a.m.

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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Tesla Clears Antitrust Hurdle In $2.6 Billion Deal For SolarCity

NPR | 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.

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Instagramming In Black And White? Could Be You're Depressed

NPR | 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.

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One Professor's Quest To Collect Every Video Game Soda Machine

NPR | Aug. 25, 2016 9:28 a.m.

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.

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Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 3:23 p.m.

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.