Before the robot can go to work, it must prove it can use its lasers to lead passengers through a busy airport. There's a challenge: "temporarily permanent obstacles." That means piles of luggage.
If the auto-pilot on a car fails, the person at the wheel is supposed to be alert and seize control. But when testing the technology in driving simulators, drivers tended to fall asleep.
The group consists of the U.S. dollar, euro, British pound and Japanese yen. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution about China's milestone.
Europeans worry that the asylum-seekers who have flooded the continent this year will struggle to integrate and find work. A Vienna hotel is showing that newcomers can succeed.
Ministers from nearly 200 nations are in Paris hammering out an agreement to cut CO2 emissions. But most of the people charged with preparing cities and towns for the worst impacts of climate change won't be there. We hear about the dilemma of one engineer in Philadelphia.
The Department of Homeland Security is under pressure to tighten visa requirements in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Raed Fares runs Radio Fresh, a pro-democracy media outlet in a small town in northwest Syria. Fares tells Steve Inskeep he came to Washington, D.C., to talk to politicians and government officials.
Janice Min, president of The Hollywood Reporter, tells Steve Inskeep why the magazine will stop publishing its "Women in Entertainment Power 100" list as a ranking.
The hotel is staffed by refugees from countries including Afghanistan, Nigeria and Algeria. It serves as a model for how to train newcomers to work in the European countries where they claim asylum.
Extensive flooding that drowned fields came on top of a summer of drought. Farming accounts for one out of every 10 jobs in the state. Many farmers will have the worst crop losses they've ever seen.
New research shows that when people are labeled experts, they often become more rigid in their thinking and less likely to consider other points of view.
Our television critic says the plot of the Netflix show is something rare in superhero TV or film stories. It's a tale of women banding together to stop the man who abused them.
Hundreds of scientists from around the world are participating in a three-day summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss the promises and dangers of powerful new gene editing techniques.
In Paris, President Obama meets with the leaders of island nations — they are among the first to feel the effects of rising sea levels. Obama will urge the leaders to get serious about climate change.
In South Carolina, this a grim year for one of the state's biggest industries: farming. Just when fall crops were ready to harvest, extensive flooding drowned fields and sidelined farm workers.
The Red Cross in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, is providing a free, three-minute phone call to South Sudanese displaced by ethnic warfare a chance to reconnect with long-lost loved ones.
Iowa provided a strong base of support for Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential race. But several factors have driven voters to candidates other than his son Rand.
A warming climate is likely to disrupt global food production, which has Big Food companies worried. Some, like Mars, are becoming increasingly vocal advocates for action on greenhouse gas emissions.
The fashion industry in LA has been bleeding jobs for years. One bright spot has been high-end denim. Whereas $30 jeans are often made in China or Mexico, designer jeans are almost always made here.
One was wearing a gas mask, and they appeared to have assault rifles. The California Highway Patrol shut down the freeway. The threat was eased when the young filmmakers surrendered.