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A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:01:00 -0400

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:50:00 -0400

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.

New Device Restrictions On Some Flights: Few Facts, Many Questions

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:26:00 -0400

Homeland Security says most personal electronics won't be allowed in carry-ons on flights from some majority-Muslim countries. The U.K. has acted similarly. Why the abrupt change? It's far from clear.

Google Vows To Remove Ads From Offensive YouTube Content

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

Google says it is giving advertisers more control over where and how their ads appear. Some major advertisers in the U.K. were outraged and some pared back their spending after their ads appeared on YouTube videos created by backers of ISIS and a violent pro-fascist group. Google also says it's removing more ads from extremist content and hiring more people to deal with the problem.

Google Promises To Keep Ads Off 'Hateful, Offensive' YouTube Content

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:22:00 -0400

On Friday, a division of a global marketing group with a digital budget of more than $200 million put its dealings with Google on "pause," citing recent controversies.

Trump's Electronics Restrictions Could Cause Headaches For Touring Musicians

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:22:00 -0400

Cities like Dubai, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca have become popular touring destinations for prominent American artists. What effect might the new baggage restrictions have on their work?

The Emergence Of The White Troll Behind A Black Face

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:20:00 -0400

Over the past few months, Black Twitter has noticed an increase in the number of white trolls creating fake Twitter accounts.

U.S., Britain Restrict Electronics On Flights From Mideast Countries

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Passengers on flights from the region coming into the U.S. and Britain cannot carry any devices larger than a smartphone. Laptops, tablets and cameras must all be placed in checked baggage.

Doctors Consider Ethics Of Costly Heart Surgery For People Addicted To Opioids

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A troubling trend has followed the opioid epidemic: People who use intravenous drugs are getting heart infections, driving up hospital bills and stirring an ethical debate among doctors.

Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:28:00 -0400

Behavioral addiction, especially to the new technologies so prevalent today, is the topic of Adam Alter's book Irresistible. Alva Noë proposes two criteria that may determine addiction to technology.

The Earth Is Flat? Check Wikipedia

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:55:00 -0400

Wikipedia has discovered an educational mission in an age of rampant truthiness. And it's enlisting college students to help.

The Voder: The First Machine To Produce Human Speech

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:31:00 -0400

A 1939 invention called the Voder produced human-like sounds. It was an early electronic voice machine.

Finding A Pedicure In China, Using Cutting-Edge Translation Apps

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:46:00 -0400

On a trip to China, NPR's Aarti Shahani took a detour in search of a pedicure, with help from some of the latest voice translation apps. These tools could radically change how you travel abroad.

After Short-Lived Tenure, Uber President Quits Amid Company Turmoil

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:40:00 -0400

Jeff Jones cited conflicting leadership approaches upon leaving the company after just six months. Uber's CEO had recruited the marketing expert to bolster the ride-hailing giant's reputation.

The Vatican Sends Its Social Media Guru To SXSW Festival

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:01:00 -0400

Bishop Paul Tighe, the Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, was a member of the Vatican's inaugural panel at the Austin fest. He discusses the Catholic Church's social media role.