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Would You Trust A Robot To Rescue You From A Burning Building?

Would you trust a robot to escort you out of a burning building? Maybe you shouldn't. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with roboticist Paul Robinette, lead author of the Georgia Tech study, "Overtrust of Robots in Emergency Evacuation Scenarios."

DraftKings, FanDuel Will Shut Down Paid Contests In New York — For Now

The websites will stop accepting money bets ahead of an appellate hearing this fall. The deal comes as the companies are lobbying state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize the industry.

Supreme Court To Hear Samsung's Appeal In Patent Dispute With Apple

Samsung says it paid too much in damages after Apple accused it of copying aspects of the iPhone's design, arguing, "The law of the smartphone cannot follow reflexively from the law of the spoon."

Across Continents: A Stolen Laptop, An Ominous Email, And A Big Risk

From a traveler's worst nightmare — beaten and robbed in a foreign city — comes a surprising story of education and discovery.

Blame It On The Algorithm: Defining The Word That's Giving Instagrammers Fits

Instagram will start testing a new algorithm that will choose what content we see first. Tech journalist Kurt Wagner explains what an algorithm does, and why users might not be so happy about it.

Need A Useless Robot? Simone Giertz Is The Queen

A Swedish inventor has found a following with her quirky mechanical creations, even if they don't work as you'd imagine.

Retired Boeing Employee Stays On In Fighter Jet Command Voice

NPR's Melissa Block talks with recently retired Boeing company employee Leslie Shook whose voice is used as part of the greeting and warning system of the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet.
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FAA To Tourists: Cherry Blossom Festival (And D.C. In General) Is No-Drone Zone

The blossoms might be breathtaking from the air, but if you're planning to shoot some drone video, forget it.


Virtual Reality Vs. Augmented Reality: Should We Believe The Hype?

At tech conferences and in media reports, word is that Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are coming. But many people don't know what they are or what the difference is — and why they should care. NPR explains the difference and the hype.

Pigeons Are London's Newest Pollution Fighters

Pigeons have a bad reputation. But London's Pigeon Air Patrol is monitoring pollution levels. A flock of racing pigeons equipped with sensors launched this week. The results, naturally, are tweeted.