Technology | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Technology

RSS Feed
NPR

Even Syrian Activists Fall In Love On Facebook

The activists spend a lot of time online. Mostly they follow the twists and turns of Syria's uprising. But they also fall in love this way.
NPR

Turning Girl Scout Cookies Into Graphene

Researchers at Rice University in Houston have discovered a cheap source of the wonder material graphene: baked goods. Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of The Annals of Improbable Research, talks about how to transform a box of Girl Scout cookies into $15 billion worth of graphene--in theory, at least.
NPR

Shakespeare's Sonnets, Encoded In DNA

Reporting in Nature, researchers write of encoding a variety of files--jpg, mp3, txt and pdf--in strands of DNA. Lead author Nick Goldman says DNA is extraordinarily long-lasting, compared to today's hard drives and magnetic tapes. And if all the world's information were written in DNA, he says, it would fit in the back of a station wagon.
NPR

Swinging From 140 Characters To Six-Second Videos, Twitter Launches Vine

Twitter launches Vine, a video-sharing app that allows users to post succinct videos directly onto tweets. The app is reminiscent of Instagram and seems familiar at a time when animated GIFs are all the rage.
NPR

French Twitter Lawsuit Pits Free Speech Against Hate Speech

A French judge will decide this week if Twitter must hand over the identities of users sending anti-Semitic tweets. The case, brought against Twitter by a Jewish student group, is a clash of legal cultures: U.S. free speech guarantees vs. European laws banning hate speech.
NPR

This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side

AeroVironment has an unusual combination of products — military drones and electric vehicle chargers. The company's president acknowledges that some workers are uncomfortable with the company's dual interests, but he doesn't see a conflict.

Pages