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A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age

It's estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.

How Most Anyone Can Find Photos Of Secret Government Sites

Just by searching online, researchers found the buildings where the North Korean military is believed to be building launchers for ballistic missiles. Google Earth and cheap satellite images make this kind of intelligence gathering possible for most anyone with an Internet connection.

Getting Better At Predicting The Weather

After a brutal week of winter storms, the meteorological community is trying to improve the way weather is studied, predicted and communicated to the public. Thomas Bogdan, president of University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the innovations in weather reporting.

Super-Secure, Temporary Texts Draw Interest Of Business Crowd

Snapchat has become a very popular way to text photos that disappear after a number of seconds. Recent hacks have raised questions about the security of the service. Carlos Watson, co-founder of, talks about a service that offers more secure alternative.

An App On The Search For The Secret To Happiness

An app that helps researchers measure happiness? It's here! NPR's Guy Raz from the Ted Radio Hour speaks with social scientist Matt Killingsworth, who has developed the Happy App.

Forecasting The Flu, Tweet By Tweet

The CDC is using a social media contest to forecast the spread of the flu. Johns Hopkins professor Mark Dredze tells NPR's Scott Simon that tweets like "Bieber fever" make tracking the flu more difficult.

Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

People with dyslexia take longer to alternate their attention between visual and audio cues, researchers say. That's particularly true if they have to attend to a sound after seeing something. That difference may provide clues to better treatments for dyslexia.

Jay Z Or Jay-Z? Buzzfeed Tells You When To Hyphenate

The AP Style Guide and Chicago Manual of Style are the gold standards for questions about capitalization, grammar, or usage. But what if you need to know how to properly write Jay Z's name? Buzzfeed's Copy Editor Emmy Favilla discusses the website's style guide for the Internet.

Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In Nevada

The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will provide electricity to 140,000 homes.
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Douglas Rushkoff On "Generation Like" And "Present Shock"

Tech Tuesday explores how our devices are running our lives, turning teens on social media into an army of advertisers and trapping us all in the present moment.