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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

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What Uber's Leadership Change Means For Diversity In Tech

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to tech industry recruiter and consultant Y-Vonne Hutchinson about the resignation of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and the message it sends to Silicon Valley.

Facebook Changes Its Mission With Announcement About Groups

Facebook has nearly 2 billion users. But that's not enough. Now, in an effort to go deep, not just wide, the company will focus on users' activity levels.

FCC Takes Up Emergency 'Blue Alerts' For Threats To Law Enforcement

Created in 2015, Blue Alerts are similar to Amber Alerts, but aim to catch people who threaten or harm police officers. The DOJ asked the FCC to add a special code to the broadcast emergency system.

Moth Eyes Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens

The scientists who developed the anti-reflective film were inspired by tiny, light-trapping structures on moth eyes that help the insects avoid predators.

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What Hath Jobs Wrought?

Odds are, you're looking at this on a smartphone.

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Is Big Tech Getting Too Big?

Silicon Valley leaders like Uber's former CEO Travis Kalanick have unprecedented power. At what point should the rest of us push back?

Morning Edition

How Facebook Uses Technology To Block Terrorist-Related Content

Social media firms are under pressure to block extremist activity on their sites. Facebook is hiring thousands more people to review content, but artificial intelligence also plays a role.

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After CEO Resignation, Is Uber Kalanick-less Or Kalanick-free?

Few companies have had such a rapid fallout from such a vast number of crises stemming from the workplace culture perpetuated from the top, while appearing to be at the peak of its success.

Intel Signs On As An Olympic Sponsor, Promising Virtual Reality And 360-Degree Video

Intel's CEO says it "will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world's largest athletic stage."

In His New Book, Chuck Klosterman Thinks About The Present As If It Were The Past

June 9, 2016
Author and essayist Chuck Klosterman. His new book is, "But What if We're Wrong?" (Stephanie & Sean Ware/Flickr)

In his new book, “But What if We’re Wrong?” author and essayist Chuck Klosterman visualizes today’s world from the perspective of those in the distant future.

What Price Convenience? Twin Peaks, And The Rewards Of Delayed Gratification

June 9, 2016

One evening every week, their anticipation in high gear, my parents turned off the living room lights… And I was told to leave the room.

Global Pushback On American I.T. Giants

June 9, 2016

Europe, India and China, are taking on American tech giants over privacy, monopolies, and more. We’ll look at the global technology pushback against the U.S.A.

Silicon Valley Shuns Donald Trump, Opens Its Wallet For Bernie Sanders

June 7, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks during a panel with Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders at Cubberley Community Center on June 1, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. With less than a week to go before the California presidential primary, Sanders is campaigning in northern California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tech workers, concerned about free trade with China, immigration and education, are keeping a close eye on the 2016 election.

Yale University Lab Provides A Peek Into The Future Of Music

June 6, 2016
Yale student Bobby Berry talks to Yale instructor Thibault Bertrand as he works on his musical instrument project, a rotating glass harp. (Ryan Caron King/WNPR)

If you could transport yourself to the 23rd century, what would the instruments look like?

Hiawatha Bray Talks Tech: Cell Phone Location And Warrants

June 2, 2016

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that police do not need a search warrant in order to get the location of a cell phone.

World On Pace To Install 700 Million More Air Conditioners By 2030

June 2, 2016
According to a recent study from the Berkeley National Laboratory, the world is set to install some 700 million air conditioners by 2030, and 1.6 billion by 2050. Most of that increase will happen in developing countries with hot climates. (pmorgan/Flickr)

Most of that increase will happen in developing countries with hot climates, like India and Brazil, where populations and incomes are rising.

‘We Hardly Understand Anything’: Rodney Brooks On Artificial Intelligence

June 1, 2016
Rodney Brooks presenting the Baxter robot, a product of Rethink Robotics, during a TED talk. (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

“Artificial intelligence is really, really hard and we hardly understand anything, despite what some people say in the press.”

Billionaires And Free Speech

June 1, 2016

Billionaire Peter Thiel versus Gawker. We’ll look at big money and free speech.

Thomas Frank On Mass. Democrats And The Innovation Economy

May 31, 2016
An Uber driver sits in his car near the San Francisco International Airport. In his new book, Thomas Frank argues the innovation economy has worsened economic disparity in the U.S. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

In his new book, journalist Thomas Frank offers a passionate critique of Massachusetts Democrats and the booming economy they’ve helped create.

NBA Deploys 3D Video For Virtual Reality Replays

May 31, 2016
Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors goes up to slam dunk the ball in front of Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

It’s the NBA version of the red carpet Glam Cam. Viewers can relive slam dunks and other show-stopping plays.

Foxconn And China Turn To Robots

May 30, 2016

Foxconn Technology Group, a supplier to Apple and Samsung, has reportedly replaced tens of thousands of workers with robots in factories in China.

The Future Of Driverless Cars Is Now

May 30, 2016

Most major automakers and a lot of smaller players are developing driverless vehicles.

Facebook And Microsoft Team Up On Undersea Internet Cable

May 27, 2016
The Visitor's Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft was one of the first companies to implement an internal carbon fee to reduce emissions. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Silicon Valley companies are getting more and more involved in the internet’s infrastructure.

Peter Thiel’s Support Of Gawker Lawsuit Prompts Debate Online

May 27, 2016
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal attends a press conference at the 2014 Web Summit on November 6, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Gawker CEO Nick Denton challenged Thiel to an “open and public debate” in an open letter.

Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Versus Gawker Media

May 26, 2016
PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel speaks about his National Review article, "The End of the Future," during a discussion sponsored by e21, a conservative think tank, and the Manhattan Institute at the National Press Club October 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thiel, a PayPal co-founder and former CEO, says driving Gawker out of business would be a public service.

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