As digital technology continues to transform the way objects are manufactured, it's becoming more possible to produce an entire firearm at home. Amateur gunsmiths are now sharing the digital blueprints for making key parts of a gun online on a 3-D printer and one member of Congress has expressed concern about the implications of 3-D printed guns at airports and other public spaces.
Weekend Edition guest host Don Gonyea speaks with Silvio Pietroluongo of Billboard Magazine about the recent changes to the formula for the "Hot 100" chart. Billboard now incorporates the number of views on YouTube to determine the top songs in the country.
Smart phones have quickly become the dominant technology of our time. But as computing processors get smaller and new flexible materials come online, it's silly to think that we are going to be tapping on flat pieces of glass forever. Some analysts believe in just five years wearable computing devices like Google's new spectacles and smart watches will outsell PCs.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are starting to show up in American police departments, courtesy of grants from the Department of Homeland Security. But that's caused something of a backlash, and now some state legislatures are considering legal limits on drones to address opponents' privacy concerns.
Dozens of kids get sick after a seemingly innocent birthday party. Was it the homemade ice cream or an accident in the pool? A new iPad app lets you solve outbreak puzzles just like real disease detectives. It's pleasing entertainment, if not as infectious as real video games.
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