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Google Spinoff Sues Uber, Saying Leader Of Autonomous Vehicle Unit Stole Key Designs

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:38:00 -0500

Waymo, the company that began as Google's self-driving-car project, says a former manager "took extraordinary efforts to raid Waymo's design server and then conceal his activities."

Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:22 -0500

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:22 -0500

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

The Struggles Of Austin's Music Scene Mirror A Widened World

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

As the face of Austin's music office prepares to depart, the city's problems and successes may offer a lesson for the world at large about globalization and technology.

Reading The Game: Shadow Of Mordor

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:00:13 -0500

As part of our occasional series on storytelling in video games, we're looking at a game where the story fails: Shadow of Mordor, which won awards for its gameplay, but lacks a compelling narrative.

WATCH: In The War Between Tigers And Drone, Chalk One Up For Tigers

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:32:00 -0500

Sure they might be chubby — to put it charitably — but they're still tigers. And when Chinese zookeepers mobilized a drone to get them some exercise, the big cats had little trouble bringing it down.

Go To College, Play Video Games. E-Sports Make A Play For The Big Ten

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:54:00 -0500

There's no prize money involved, although League of Legends maker Riot Games offers scholarships for the e-sports teams at Ohio State and competitors at other Big Ten campuses.

Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.

After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:03:00 -0500

For the first African-American woman in space, her path to spaceflight and beyond includes trying to pave the way for more girls of color to follow in her footsteps.

Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:04:00 -0500

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.

Uber Orders Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Claims

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

A former engineer for the ride-hailing app Uber published a blog post this weekend claiming that she faced sexual harassment while working at the company. Uber says it's investigating the allegations.

'#Republic' Author Describes How Social Media Hurts Democracy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Cass Sunstein about his new book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He says democracy needs people to come across a variety of viewpoints, and much of social media limits that exposure.

Uber Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims By Engineer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:43:00 -0500

Uber's CEO has ordered an investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer after she published a blog post detailing her experience.

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:41:00 -0500

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.

Your Shareable Google Maps Lists May Be Really Interesting To Advertisers

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:01:00 -0500

A new feature allows users to create lists of places and share them with friends. Is Google Maps trying to become a social network or to collect more information about its users? Maybe both.