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The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:52:00 -0400

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

Rosetta Crashes Into Comet, Bringing Historic Mission To End

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:46:00 -0400

The Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet for two years. Now scientists have ended the mission, and the spacecraft has lost contact with Earth forever.

Crisis Mapping Pioneer Focuses On Humanitarian Uses For Drones

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:46:00 -0400

Patrick Meier pioneered the field of crisis mapping during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, compiling information to create a real time map of damage. Now he's focusing on humanitarian uses of drones.

Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:23:00 -0400

A Silicon Valley startup wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.

Forget Self-Driving Cars. Self-Driving Chairs Have Arrived

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:17:00 -0400

Nissan unveiled the ProPilot chair, a high-tech self-driving seat that the automaker says makes waiting in line "easy and fun" by using technology designed for semi-autonomous cars.

Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:46:00 -0400

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90 and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos yet.

Americans Unconvinced Of Potential Good Of Self-Driving Cars, Study Finds

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:27:00 -0400

Most Americans say they should always have the option to drive themselves. That's despite the fact the average driver is excited by driverless technology.

Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

Tech Group To Set Industry Standards For Artificial Intelligence

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:09:00 -0400

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming part of everyday life: think Apple's Siri. Major tech firms formed a group to help the public understand AI and develop standards so it isn't misused.

Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:15:00 -0400

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

When Phones Went Mobile: Revisiting NPR's 1983 Story On 'Cellular'

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:14:00 -0400

The report titled "Cellular Phones Are Completely Mobile" features a man who was "among the first 1,500 customers to use a new mobile phone system called cellular."

Elon Musk Unveils His Plan For Colonizing Mars

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0400

In a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the billionaire tech entrepreneur is detailing his vision for sending humans to the red planet.

Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:48:00 -0400

NPR reporters and editors annotated Monday night's debate as it happened. Read the final fact check, analysis and context here.

Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow By 'Fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:58:00 -0400

Online tracking is no longer about "cookies." New technology helps trackers link online breadcrumbs — including across devices — through browser settings, battery levels and other details.

For Snapchat, Name Change Signals Expanding Ambitions

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:38:00 -0400

Social media giant Snapchat is now Snap, Inc. It's just one of the changes the company is making, as it gets ready to release video-recording sunglasses.