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The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

In 2012, "massive open online courses" were lauded as the most important trend in higher education. But this year, educators and even students rebelled against the rapid expansion of online learning. Two of the biggest MOOCs say they're making big changes in how they deliver their classes in 2014.
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In Syria, Conflict In Cyberspace Complements Ground War

The Syrian civil war is raging on the battlefield, but it's also raging online. While the rebels have gone online to recruit fighters and coordinate with allies, forces supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime have employed malware to infiltrate and track them. Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher at the University of Toronto who's following the cyber conflict in Syria, talks to Robert Siegel about the way the digital war is being waged.
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From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

NPR has been taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of 2013. These 13 reflect the highs and lows of the year, from deadly wildfires and the war in Syria, to football stadiums and same-sex marriage.
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Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

Long gone, but never forgotten, Voyager 1 is about 12 billion miles from home and now sailing through interstellar space, scientists were thrilled to confirm in 2013. The spacecraft carries with it a generation's dreams.
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Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death

A Swedish inventor came up with a wristwatch that counts down the seconds left in your life. He calls it "the happiness watch" because he thinks living with the reality of one's mortality can enhance how we value our lives.
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$0 Profits Couldn't Hold Back This Year's Tech Darlings

In Silicon Valley, zero profit and even zero revenue don't make a company a loser. Tech companies like Snapchat and Twitter, which have not yet turned any profit, can be worth billions of dollars based on future potential alone.
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Looking Ahead At The Next Top Tech IPOs

Every year, research firm CB Insights offers up a report on the fastest growing and most highly valued private companies in technology — basically, the ones most likely to go public. Audie Cornish speaks with Anand Sanwal, CB Insights' CEO, for a look at the top tech IPO's expected in 2014.
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5 New Year's Resolutions From Women To Watch

How do you set a resolution when you've already accomplished so much? These women have innovated and inspired, but they still have hopes for improvement in 2014.
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Report Details NSA's Alleged High-Tech Tricks For Snaring Data

The NSA's Tailored Access Operations division uses everything from modified USB plugs to fake cell towers to access targets' data, according to German magazine Der Spiegel. The agency's elite TAO unit focuses on producing high-quality and hard-to-gain intelligence, Der Spiegel reports.
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Test Sites Chosen For Commercial Drone Testing

The locations are expected to produce jobs as companies try out ways to make money with "unmanned aircraft systems." The six sites stretch from Alaska south to Texas and then north to New York State.

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