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Wearable Technology Generates Buzz Before CES Opens

The largest show of gadgets, gear and anything electronic kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show is a glitzy, high profile opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurs and established companies to show off their newest stuff.
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The Internet's Cicada: A Mystery Without An Answer

Two years ago, strange sets of bewildering puzzles appeared on the Internet, with a message encouraging "highly intelligent individuals" to try to break the code. The code led to more clues spanning a global Internet mystery, that has yet to be solved.
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Wistful For Atari? Internet Archive Supplies Classic Games

The Internet Archive has made hundreds of classic video games available for free play, right in your browser. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Casey Johnston, writer for Ars Technica, about the re-release of the vintage games, and one she tried playing called Karateka.
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New In The Next Year: From Acting To Electric Cars

Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy, talks with host Arun Rath about what he's most excited about in 2014: Japan's burgeoning role on the world stage, the rise of actor Idris Elba and Tesla's electric cars.
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Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity

Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. The women running the program are hoping to get these young engineers hooked on helping. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi and will be distributed to hospitals around the country.
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For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read

Braille hasn't changed much in the nearly 200 years it's been around. But with tablets, smartphones and e-readers, how we read things has. Judy Dixon of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped talks with NPR about how technology has changed Braille — and whether it can endure.
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The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right? Guess again.
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'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, it has created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.
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Using Sound To Levitate Objects And Move Them Midair

Researchers in Tokyo have put a new twist on the use of sound to suspend objects in air. They've used ultrasonic standing waves to trap pieces of wood, metal and water – and even move them around.
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Netflix Built Its Microgenres By Staring Into The American Soul

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal counted 76,897 microgenres on the online streaming and DVD rental service, many of which are bizarrely personalized (Violent Action Thrillers Starring Bruce Willis, Tearjerkers From The 1970s). He says the company "knows you."

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