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The 28-Hour Work Week

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 2:56pm

Imagine being able to work fewer hours during a difficult time in your life, without having to quit your job or interrupt your career. In Germany, for many workers, that's now a reality.

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SpaceX Completes Successful Launch, Narrowly Misses Catching $6 Million Nose Cone

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:00pm

As part of his "rocket reusability" ethos, Elon Musk had hoped to use a giant net on a boat to catch the rocket's protective covering. It turns out it's hard to catch stuff falling from space.

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FCC Takes Another Step Toward Repeal Of Net Neutrality

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:27am

The agency has formally published the order to undo net neutrality rules, which opens the door for lawsuits by state attorneys general and others. Congress could also decide to block the repeal.

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FCC's Repeal Of Net Neutrality On Track To Go Into Effect In April

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:27am

The FCC has formally published the order to undo net neutrality rules, starting the two-month countdown to the repeal going into effect. State attorneys general, advocacy groups are filing lawsuits.

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A Top Ford Executive Leaves After 'Inappropriate Behavior'

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:25am

North America President Raj Nair is leaving the company effective immediately, according to a corporate statement — it didn't specify what led to his departure. A replacement has not yet been named.

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

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:21am

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.

The Olympics, Afrofuturism, and Sichuan Food

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:01pm

Our guest, Tyler Cowen, has insights into a ridiculously wide range of subjects. Our conversation touches everything from Afrofuturist flicks to the mouth-numbing qualities of the Sichuan peppercorn.

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Even The Hamburglar Might Like McDonald's New Vegan Burger (We Did)

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 1:26pm

Sales of McDonald's new soy-based McVegan have far surpassed estimates in Sweden, where half the population says it's interested in more vegetarian options. Are diners just curious or truly lovin' it?

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More Ways Than Ever To Watch The Olympics, And Fewer Are Watching In Prime Time

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:21am

Prime-time viewership is lower than it was for the Sochi Winter Games, though NBC is still drawing more viewers in prime time than its competitors.

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More Ways Than Ever To Watch The Olympics, But Fewer Americans Are Watching

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:21am

Prime time viewership is lower than it was for the Sochi Winter Games, though NBC is still drawing more viewers in prime time than its competitors.

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Kentucky Bourbon, Wisconsin Cheese Could Be Targets In Trade War

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:00am

The European Union is considering ways to fight back if the Trump administration adopts tariffs or quotas on imported steel and aluminum.

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Report Detailing Harassment At NPR Cites 'High Level Of Distrust' Of Management

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:00pm

An outside legal review of NPR's handling of allegations against former top news executive Michael Oreskes found that questions were raised about his behavior even before he was hired.

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The Spy Who Trolled Me

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:10pm

Russia spent 73 million Rubles a month to influence an American election. But what did they get for their money?

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Facebook Is Counting On Postcards To Prevent Future Election Interference

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:11pm

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.

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Trump Administration Wants To Let Insurers Offer Plans With Fewer Benefits

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:48am

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would expand short-term policies that don't have to meet the Affordable Care Act's benefit requirements.

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Distracted Employees Ram Into Glass Doors At Apple's New Campus

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:21am

Workers are moving into a new circular building with a lot of glass doors. Some employees who walk while looking down at their phones have been ramming into the doors, according to reports.

Artists And Criminals: On The Cutting Edge Of Tech

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:01am

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.

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Critics Raise Questions About Donald Trump Jr.'s Visit To India

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:01am

While in India, Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to give a foreign policy speech in front of prominent politicians, after promoting his family's real estate projects across the country.

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

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 3:59am

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.

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Rules For 2018 Aim To Speed Up How Long It Takes To Play A MLB Game

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:28am

Among the changes, Major League Baseball will impose stricter limits on mound visits and commercial breaks will be shorter.

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