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Provocative Chinese Cartoonists Find An Outlet Online

In a Nemo-inspired cartoon, a menacing fish lures unsuspecting little fish with a glowing picture of a Communist hero. A South Park-like animation skewers China's elites. These are among the works of a new generation of Chinese political cartoonists who are using social media to evade censors.
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Smart Phones, Hybrid Cars, and the Global Competition for "Rare Earth Elements"

Ninety percent of "rare earth elements" comes from China. We explore the science and politics of "critical materials" in advanced manufacturing...

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Your Turn: The Blurry Lines Dividing Theater & Journalism

In the wake of a recent controversy at the public radio show "This American Life," we explore the blurry lines between performance art and journalism.

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'This American Life' Retracts Mike Daisey's Apple Factory Story

The story became the show's most popular podcast and inspired a petition, signed by hundreds of thousands, demanding better working conditions for factory workers. But, now, This American Life says Daisey fabricated many aspects of the story.
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Jon Gertner: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

Bell Labs in New Jersey was to technological innovation in the mid-20th century what Silicon Valley in California is today. An editor at Fast Company magazine describes the environment which fostered 13 Nobel Prize winners and the development of radars, lasers, transistors, satellites and mobile phones.

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Petitions Are Going Viral, Sometimes To Great Success

Petitions have been a common form of protest throughout modern history, often bringing attention to a cause through little more than handwritten letters and word of mouth. But like a lot of other things, petitions are going viral. And one website in particular has contributed to the phenomenon.
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iPad 3 Goes On Sale, Fans Line Up In Georgetown

Apple fanatics lined up outside area Apple stores this morning to get their hands on the newest version of the iPad.

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National Journal: Blackberry Domination Ending On The Hill

The domination of smartphones in the mobile market is beginning to penetrate that last bastion of Blackberry loyalty -- Capitol Hill.

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Controversy Comes To Boil Over 'Homeless Hotspots'

For this year's South By South West conference, some of Austin's homeless were equipped with mobile Wi-Fi devices and t-shirts inviting attendees to use these hotspots to get online. Reactions have ranged from support, to disbelief, to outrage. Host Michel Martin discusses the ethical implications with a technology reporter and an ethicist.

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