Technology

August 30, 2014 | NPR · The “sharing economy” has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.
 

GoPro
August 30, 2014 | NPR · This past week, the camera maker GoPro unveiled the Fetch harness, which allows people to attach the durable cameras to their dogs. The company was inspired by some DIY efforts at pet videography.
 

Getty Images
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Also in this week’s roundup, Amazon’s $1 billion purchase surprises some tech watchers. Yet we’re most excited about finding a way to avoid physical exertion at lunch.
 

iStockphoto
August 29, 2014 | NPR · You probably haven’t thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone’s faking it to get drugs.
 

Amazon Studios
August 28, 2014 | NPR · NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon’s new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem to break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.
 

Getty Images
August 28, 2014 | NPR · NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
 

August 28, 2014 | NPR · Hackers successfully infiltrated the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks recently. The FBI is investigating what’s being called a sophisticated cyberattack, but bank officials have not yet found any evidence of fraud.
 

NPR
August 28, 2014 | NPR · Kids read emotions better after spending several days without electronic media, according to new research.
 

Steve Gates
August 27, 2014 | NPR · If this product design becomes a reality, you won’t even have to leave your desk to heat up your Lean Cuisine.
 

August 27, 2014 | NPR · Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.
 

 

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News

August 30, 2014 | NPR · American and other forces have launched an offensive to free the town of Amerli, surrounded by Islamic militants for more than two months and desperately short on food and clean water.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer reflects on 10 days in Liberia: children losing parents, young men risking their lives to collect bodies, and the smell of chlorinated hand-washing water everywhere.
 

Discovery Channel
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake “documentaries” about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.
 

Arts & Life

Redferns
August 30, 2014 | NPR · What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it’s not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock ‘n’ roll itself.
 

Discovery Channel
August 30, 2014 | NPR · Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake “documentaries” about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.
 

Ozy.com
August 30, 2014 | OZY · A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.
 

Music

Redferns
August 30, 2014 | NPR · What makes an essential rock song? Musicologist Greil Marcus argues that it’s not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock ‘n’ roll itself.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 30, 2014 | NPR · The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 30, 2014 | NPR · As a student at Princeton, D’Amato was mentored in his songwriting by professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.
 

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