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Yes, 'World's Largest Nerf Gun' Is An Actual World Record. This Engineer Made It

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:05:39 -0500

Mark Rober designed a huge Nerf gun to win an office Nerf war. He talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how he designed it, and what happens when you get hit with a pool noodle at 40 mph.

Survey Finds Lyft Drivers Happier Than Uber, Though Pay Has Declined

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:10:24 -0500

A survey of 1,150 drivers found that those working for Lyft made more on average than those at Uber. It also illustrates demographics of participants in the ride-hailing industry.

Digital Transition Of Power Is Not So Peaceful

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:59:00 -0500

As with every new administration, Donald Trump and his team took over the White House website Friday.

On The Day Of White House Transitions, Twitter Shifts @POTUS To Donald Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:47:00 -0500

Twitter will automatically switch 13 million @POTUS followers to follow both the new Trump account and Barack Obama's archived @POTUS44 account.

How Do Pheromones Really Work?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

Expletive-Laden Speech By Steelers' Coach Streamed On Facebook Live

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:13:17 -0500

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin warned his players to keep a low profile on social media in the run-up to Sunday's playoff game. Antonio Brown surreptitiously streamed the speech on Facebook Live.

Takeaways From The Day Dyn Was Attacked And We Couldn't Tweet

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:16:00 -0500

Last October, a cyber attack made it hard for people to access Twitter, Netflix, Spotify and other popular sites. Here's what we learned from that massive "distributed denial of service," attack.

'Robot Lawyer' Makes The Case Against Parking Tickets

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:24:00 -0500

The online service DoNotPay has helped motorists in London, New York City and Seattle overturn more than 200,000 parking tickets, the creator says. Now, the service is expanding across the U.S.

Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.

Takata To Pay $1 Billion Over Air Bag Fraud; 3 Executives Criminally Charged

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:11:00 -0500

The settlement with the Justice Department is tied to a deadly defect in air bags that has been linked to at least 16 deaths. The associated recall is the largest in U.S. auto safety history.

What Happens When Hackers Hijack Our Smart Devices?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:00 -0500

Computer scientist Avi Rubin says all our smart devices — cars, phones, even fitness trackers — can be hacked. He warns that our network of connected technology puts us at risk for cyberattacks.

Can We Improve Our Transportation Network Using...Biology?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:00 -0500

Wanis Kabbaj wants traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, like the blood in our veins. He says driverless cars may be the solution to today's highway gridlock.

EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler Of Installing Emissions-Cheating Software

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:28:00 -0500

The Environmental Protection Agency says Fiat Chrysler violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing software in about 104,000 vehicles that masked the true level of emissions.

Rudy Giuliani To Advise Trump On Cyber Issues

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:20:00 -0500

The president-elect plans to issue a report in 90 days on how the government can improve cyber security.

In Social Media Age, Young Cops Get Trained For Real-Life Conversation

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Some police officials say their millennial-aged recruits are so used to communicating using social media that they need training in talking with people face to face.