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Crude, Expensive And Effective: How Russia Impacted The Election

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:07:00 -0500

A Russian campaign aimed to spend a million dollars a month to destabilize American democracy. But the money didn't pay for sophisticated hackers. Instead, it bought Facebook ads and Twitter accounts.

News Brief: Shooting Survivors Meet Trump; Students Protest For Gun Control

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:07:00 -0500

President Trump met with survivors of school shootings Wednesday. Also, students in Florida protested in support of gun control and Mashable's Kerry Flynn discusses Twitter's purge of alleged bots.

As Washington Gears Up To Tackle Foreign Influence, How Effective Can It Be?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:22 -0500

Leaders in Congress and elsewhere in D.C., including top DOJ officials, want to start taking concrete steps to defend the 2018 elections from another foreign attack. But it's a big, broad challenge.

Installation Progresses On Bezos-Backed 10,000-Year Clock

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:21:00 -0500

A 500-foot-tall clock is being constructed inside a mountain in West Texas on property owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. It is the brain child of inventor Danny Hillis.

Russian Trolls Are Flooding Social Media With Messages Meant To Increase Tensions In U.S.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:16:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., about how Russian bots are still flooding social media, including fomenting American tension over the Florida school shootings, and what he thinks should be done about it.

Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0500

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.

Russian Bots Are Spreading False Information After The Florida Shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:38:00 -0500

It's known that Russian groups used Facebook and other social media platforms to spread false information during the 2016 election, but now Russian bots are doing the same after the Florida shooting. So, how are tech giants thinking about tackling these issues and making sure the same thing doesn't happen in this year's midterm election?

Facebook Is Counting On Postcards To Prevent Future Election Interference

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:11:00 -0500

Under fire for its role in the presidential election, the social network giant unveiled plans involving snail mail to verify the identity of advertising buyers and stop future foreign manipulation.

Michio Kaku Predicts "The Future of Humanity"

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:18:30 -0500

The futurist and physicist talks about mankind's next giant leap.

At The Winter Olympics, Robots Are Here To Help. But Don't Assume They Work All Hours

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:55:00 -0500

Directions, weather reports and water bottles are a few things robots are delivering at the Olympics. They're also helping South Korea present itself as a tech-savvy nation with an eye on the future.

Artists And Criminals: On The Cutting Edge Of Tech

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:01:51 -0500

Sci-fi authors like William Gibson foresaw what the Internet would bring. Inspired by their visions, NPR's Laura Sydell set out to see what artists and criminals think about and do with technology.

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:59:00 -0500

The titans of Silicon Valley have a grand vision of the future. But they have a tendency to miss the downside of their inventions — think cybercrime and online harassment.

'Automating Inequality': Algorithms In Public Services Often Fail The Most Vulnerable

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:44:00 -0500

Author Virginia Eubanks argues that automated systems that governments across the U.S. use to deliver benefit and welfare programs are often rigged against the very people who need it most.

Uber Eats Driver Allegedly Shoots And Kills Customer In Atlanta

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:01:00 -0500

Atlanta police are seeking an Uber Eats driver in connection with the killing of a 30-year-old customer during a delivery.

Scientists Develop A Way To Use A Smartphone To Prevent Food Poisoning

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:21 -0500

A microscope that clips on to your phone's camera can detect bacteria, such as salmonella or E. coli, even in tiny amounts. But the technology can't yet distinguish between good and bad bacteria.