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What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

Weekend Edition Sunday

At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses

An experiment at a new production of Carmen has many wondering how technology will affect operagoers' experience. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Kim Witman, director of the Wolf Trap Opera.

For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope

Linguists and native speakers around the world are turning to Facebook, Twitter and other sites to help pass indigenous, minority and endangered languages on to new generations.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos

When a grainy video of human rights abuse goes viral, how do you know it's real? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christoph Koettl, of the Citizen Evidence Lab, which helps users verify videos and photos.

Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama

The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices.

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Meet The Guy Who's Putting Your Cat On The Map — To Prove A Point

Owen Mundy, an assistant professor at Florida State University, tells Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel about a project called "I Know Where Your Cat Lives," which aims to create awareness about internet privacy.

U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

The problem in the U.S. State Department system could cause problems for millions of people worldwide who are awaiting travel documents.

Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk

Stuck sitting, hunched over a computer every day from 9-5? Don't have access to a treadmill desk or an elevated, standing desk? This week's innovation is Cubii, the seated, office-friendly elliptical.

New HBO Documentary ‘Love Child’ Looks At Gaming Addiction

July 28, 2014
The HBO documentary "Love Child" tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they spent up to 12 hours a day taking care of a virtual child. (Courtesy of HBO)

“Love Child” tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they cared for a virtual child.

The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From

July 25, 2014
Facebook reportedly boasts impressive employee perks, but a competitive retirement plan is not among them, according to Bloomberg (Marco Paköeningrat/Flickr).

Michael Regan explains why Facebook and Whole Foods are near the bottom of Bloomberg’s rankings of companies’ retirement benefits.

N.C. Town Reinvents Itself As Biotech Hub

July 25, 2014
Construction of the North Carolina Research Complex in Kannapolis, N.C. took place on the site of a demolished former Cannon Mills factory (Brad Spry/Flickr).

Even though Kannapolis saw the largest single layoff in North Carolina history, it didn’t go the way of Detroit or Camden. Here’s why.

Facebook Reports Surging Profits

July 24, 2014
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 10 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many of the world's wealthiest and most powerful businessmen from media, finance, and technology attend the annual week-long conference which is in its 32nd year. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson says mobile was once eating Facebook, but now “Facebook is eating mobile.”

Altering Genes In Wild Populations: Boon For Human Health? Or Darwinian Nightmare?

July 23, 2014
Researchers have proposed a way to alter the genes in wild populations. The applications include potential malaria eradication. (Centers for Disease Control)

Researchers want to alter the DNA of entire wild populations — but they’re opening the discussion to the public before they move forward.

Cleveland Kiosk Delivers Virtual Health Care

July 23, 2014
Medical technician Heather Roberts stands outside the HealthSpot kiosk in Cleveland's Central Promise neighbhorhood. (Sarah Jane Tribble)

The future of health care might be sitting in one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s an enclosed kiosk where patients see a doctor.

Next iPhone To Offer Bigger Screen, But Will It Fit In Your Pocket?

July 22, 2014
Apple will manufacture iPhones with larger displays for its next model. (Photo Giddy/Flickr)

Apple is asking suppliers to make iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, compared to the current model’s 4-inch display.

Modest, Obscure Deal Has Tech Industry Talking

July 22, 2014
Yahoo is reportedly set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry for about $200 million. Pictured is a screenshot of Flurry's homepage. (Flurry.com)

Yahoo is set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry, as it tries to figure out how to increase revenue from mobile ads.

5 Everyday Objects That Can Now Be Powered By The Internet

July 17, 2014
David Rose displays an Ambient Orb, which changes colors to reflect trends in information on a particular subject which is transmitted via the Internet. (Robert Spencer/AP)

Rather than just robots and screens, an MIT researcher envisions a future of “enchanted objects” — ordinary items embedded with technology to work better for people.

Cool Or Creepy? Mass. Startup Developing ‘World’s First Family Robot’

July 17, 2014
Social robotics expert and Jibo CEO Cynthia Breazeal next to the company's robot-in-development. (Courtesy)

Robotics startup Jibo designs a home-based robot to be a trusted companion and family assistant.

Company Experiments With 3D-Printed Car

July 16, 2014
Local Motors engineer James Earl prepares to test drive the company's 3D printed vehicle prototype. (Carrie Jung/KJZZ)

“This is very much a prototype,” says engineer James Earl of Local Motors in Chandler, Arizona. “We refer to it as ‘the mule.’”

Facebook’s Creepy Case Of Emotional Contagion

July 15, 2014
Facebook manipulated the moods of hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting users. Steve Brykman wants to return the favor. Pictured: As a private company, Facebook did not have to adhere to rules on the use of human subjects. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Facebook manipulated the moods of hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting users. Steve Brykman wants to return the favor.

FCC Approves Plan To Increase Wi-Fi Access

July 14, 2014
Students work on laptops in the library. (Enokson/Flickr)

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a $2 billion plan to increase wireless service in schools and libraries.

Labor Watchdog: Samsung Supplier Using Child Labor

July 11, 2014
A visitor looks at a Samsung Electronics Galaxy S5 smartphone at a showroom in Seoul on April 29. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

China Labor Watch says children work 11 hours a day at Shinyang Electronics, which makes components for Samsung products.

Loopholes In U.S. Law Could Make It Easier For NSA Surveillance

July 10, 2014
Federal agencies had scanned the emails of Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi and four other prominent Muslim-Americans under a secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats. (Mel Evans/AP)

New research from Harvard and Boston University that found significant legal loopholes that could allow the NSA to freely monitor American’s electronic communications.

Innovation Districts: Reshaping Our Cities, Changing Our Economies

July 10, 2014
In this file photo, officials, including from left Vulcan real estate vice president Ada Healey, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Mayor Greg Nickels, City Councilmember Jan Drago and Capitol Hill Housing executive director Christopher Persons, toss shovels of sand in a ceremonial ground breaking for new Amazon.com headquarters Monday, April 20, 2009, in Seattle. The new headquarters now includes 11 buildings on six blocks in the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. (AP

The rise of the “innovation district.” Everybody now wants that neighborhood dense with coffee shops, capital and talent. We’ll look at what really works.

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