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55 Years Later: Commemorating First Space Broadcast

On Dec. 19, 1958, a pre-recorded message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower was sent out from a satellite via short wave. It offered hopes for peace on earth and goodwill toward men everywhere. Of course, it also let the Soviets know the U.S. was catching up in the space race.

How An Obscure Government Code — 834 — Became Big In 2013

The fate of insurance coverage for millions rests on a form called the 834, the government code for electronic files. It's a number that would never have become a big deal had rolled out smoothly in the fall.

Want To Learn Quantitative Easing? There's A Computer Game For That

Central banks around the world have created games that explain the sometimes wonky world of international finance and economics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jason Karaian, of the online magazine Quartz, about this surprisingly crowded genre.

Robot 'Olympics' Test Machines On Human Skills

Robots from around the world are competing in a Pentagon-sponsored robot "Olympics" this weekend. The challenge is to build a robot that can do human tasks and even go into disaster zones.

Will A Computer Decide Whether You Get Your Next Job?

Companies are replacing paper resumes with tests designed to collect data from job applicants. They're finding some surprising results.

The 'Blacks In Tech' Series Wraps, But Let's Keep Talking

In the years since BlackPlanet launched, Tom Anderson sold Myspace to News Corp. for hundreds of millions of dollars. Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook has become a household name. But nobody seems to remember tech success Omar Wasow. How can that be?

Week That Was: Bay Area Economy, NSA Ruling, Tech Execs In D.C.

A federal judge deals a big blow to the NSA's mass surveillance, a look back at our series on the San Francisco Bay Area, and the rest of the best tech headlines and conversations from the week.

#NPRBlacksInTech: Creating Technology 'Comes From Passion'

Tell Me More has sparked Twitter discussions around diversity in tech at #NPRBlacksinTech. For more on why there's a racial disparity in tech, host Michel Martin talks with physicist Reginald Farrow, entrepreneur Deena Pierott and middle school student Miles Peterson.

Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.S. Credit Card Security Lags

Thieves responsible for Target's massive data breach may have stolen information stored on magnetic strips on credit cards. Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been using more secure cards with microchips for years.

A City Turns To Lettuce Fields To Grow High-Tech Startups

Salinas, Calif., is just an hour from Silicon Valley, but production at many local lettuce farms is decidedly low-tech. City officials here decided it's time for an upgrade — and have hired a venture capital firm to help Salinas transition into a high-tech agricultural hub.