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What's Behind Bitcoin's All-Time High Value

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:00 -0500

The value of digital currency bitcoin has skyrocketed. But what is bitcoin and is it just a bubble? Timothy Lee of Ars Technica explains to NPR's Scott Simon.

Tax Bill Favors Adding Robots Over Workers, Critics Say

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:01:00 -0500

They say the Republican tax proposals encourage companies to buy robots instead of hiring people and creating jobs. Some employers and economist say the bill should promote training instead.

Airlines Restrict 'Smart Luggage' Over Fire Hazards Posed By Batteries

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:22:00 -0500

Today's suitcases can charge your phone, track their location and even propel themselves behind you. But concerns about their batteries igniting in cargo holds have led airlines to issue new policies.

To Avoid Fires In Flight, Airlines Move To Restrict 'Smart' Luggage

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

Airlines including American, Delta, and Alaska have announced restrictions on "smart luggage" due to the risk of fire caused by the lithium-ion batteries found in many of the bags.

A Tech-Based Tool To Address Campus Sexual Assault

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Callisto, a secure platform that allows students to report sexual assault and harassment, is hoping to "give power back to victims." It's in use at 12 colleges with a total of 150,000 students.

Jim Beam Presents The Smart Decanter

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:06:12 -0500

Jim Beam is selling a talking whiskey decanter that will pour you a shot on command. It's voiced by a master distiller in Kentucky. But it deactivates after six months, and becomes a regular decanter.

Trump Isn't Among Year's Most Popular Tweets — Obama Dominates The List

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:04:00 -0500

2017 was a busy year for Twitter, with records broken for most retweets and likes. Former President Barack Obama had several of the year's most popular tweets.

'This Is A Business Now': YouTube Stars Influence Generation Z's Fashion Tastes

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:03:00 -0500

Fashion trends are spread these days by YouTubers, known as influencers, with huge audiences. The teenage girls from Gen Z who follow and adopt these trends are shaking up the fashion industry.

Ask The FCC

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:06:30 -0500

What do you want to ask an FCC commissioner?

How A Virtual Friendship Turned IRL

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:17:00 -0500

A 22-year-old rapper from Harlem formed a bond with an 81-year-old woman over the game "Words with Friends." So, they decided to finally meet.

Instructor Teaches Students To 'Learn To Program Or Be Programmed' In Brazil

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:41:00 -0500

In Brazil, civic hackathons have become a popular way for people to use coding to help clean up their politics. The comes after a widespread corruption investigation uncovered how deep the fraud extends in the country's government.

The First Text Message Celebrates 25 Years

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:41:00 -0500

The first text message was transmitted Dec. 3, 1992. Engineer Neil Papworth typed "merry Christmas" on a computer and sent the first SMS message to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis.

What This Picture Of Beyoncé Tells Us About How Generation Z Connects

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:17:00 -0500

Why talk when you can say it with an emoji or a GIF? "Instead of me telling someone how good I look, I can just send them a picture of Beyoncé in a queen's outfit," Youth Radio's Robert Fisher says.

Venezuela Will Create New 'Petro' Cryptocurrency, President Maduro Says

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:52:00 -0500

President Nicolás Maduro says Venezuela will use the "petro," backed by oil reserves and other natural resources, to defeat a financial blockade on his country.

The Ground Beneath Our Feet

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:06:30 -0500

"Without proper care for it we can have no life."