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Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

What Selfies Tell Us About Ourselves And How Others See Us

Ramona Martinez is a production assistant at NPR who worked on an All Things Considered story earlier this week about the culture and meaning of selfies. She offers a selfie postscript.

TED Radio Hour

What's A Better Way To Detect Cancer?

We often discover cancer after it's too late to treat. Jorge Soto is in the process of creating a simple, fast and cheap method for early cancer detection and all it takes is a few drops of blood.

Morning Edition

In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical and verbal attack on a show producer.

Morning Edition

Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Whet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner

A source tells NPR a piece of wing found on an island appears to be from a large passenger plane. Other media say sources link it to a Boeing 777 like the Malaysian jet that disappeared last year.

The Next World War Will Be Digital

August 3, 2015
In this file photo, a South Korean student looks at a picture, which shows how the cyber warfare is going to be waged in the future in the Korean Peninsula if Korean War takes place, at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP)

P.W. Singer and August Cole imagine World War III in a new novel where the battlefront goes deeply cyber.

How Google Glass Recently Became An E.R. Gadget

July 31, 2015
Christoph Kaufmann, director of the trauma center at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is shown wearing Google Glass. (Prachi Patel/IEEE)

While the product flopped with consumers, trauma surgeons are using Google Glass while treating critically injured patients.

Hiawatha Bray On Tech: What Windows 10 Could Mean For Microsoft

July 30, 2015
A Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Windows 10, the newly released operating system from Microsoft, is getting good reviews.

Silicon Valley Tech Giants Start To Raise Workers’ Wages

July 30, 2015
In June, labor activists demonstrated in front of a vendor’s office in San Jose. They’re part of a campaign called Silicon Valley Rising which is pushing for better wages and benefits for service workers in high-tech companies. (Beth Willon/KQED)

For the first time, tech companies are under new pressure from a labor movement speaking up for low-wage workers.

Stop Us If You've Heard The One About Copyrighted Humor

July 30, 2015
Conan O'Brien speaks at the 43rd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Los Angeles.  (AP)

Who owns jokes? Seriously. In the age of social media, the lines are murky.

Coding Camps Climb Professional Ranks

July 30, 2015
Shereef Bishay, co-founder of Dev Bootcamp, center, talks with student Ryan Guerrettaz during a class at Dev Bootcamp in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Dev Bootcamp is one of a new breed of computer-programming schools that’s proliferating in San Francisco and other U.S. tech hubs. These “hacker boot camps” promise to teach students how to write code in two or three months and help them get hired as web developers, with starting salaries between $80,000 and $100,000, often within days or weeks of graduation. (AP)

From barista to tech wiz. Computer coding boot camps are hot. Vaulting their graduates in just months into high-paying jobs. We’ll look at the surge.

Microsoft Quietly Launches Windows 10

July 29, 2015
Visitors try out Windows 10, the latest operating system from US software giant Microsoft, during a launch event in Seoul on July 29, 2015. ( Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

The company is hoping that users are happier with Windows 10, after Windows 8 was widely criticized when it was released in 2012.

The Good, The Bad And The LaGuardia: Modern Airport Design

July 29, 2015
The transit area at Terminal 3 in Singapore's Changi Airport, ranked as the world's best airport by SkyTrax, a UK-based travel consultancy. (WikiCommons / Jay8g)

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to be torn down and rebuilt. We’ll consider what makes a great airport now, and how the US stacks up to the global competition.

Killer Robots Could Destroy Humanity (So Let’s Stop That From Happening, OK?)

July 28, 2015
A scene from "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have joined the call to ban autonomous weapons, which, unlike drones, operate solo.

Twitter’s Search For Stability

July 28, 2015
A sign is posted outside of the Twitter headquarters on July 29, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Twitter will report second quarter earnings today after the closing bell. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

How can a company like Twitter, that seems so successful, be having such problems? Kurt Wagner of Re/code weighs in.

Exercising The Aging Brain

July 24, 2015
Experts say exercise and socializing helps the brain. Here, George Jackson, right, 85, an army veteran and former boxer, exercises with Mary Diner, left, as they participate at a parkour class for elderly people in south London. The unique weekly class for people over 60 called parkour, a flashy discipline usually known for its acrobatic running, climbing and gravity-defying jumps. While most fitness classes aimed at seniors focus on calmer activities like dance or yoga, experts say parkour is a reasonable, if unorthodox, option., (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.

Virtual Reality’s Resurgence In Boston And Beyond

July 23, 2015
Photographers take pictures of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and touch input device following a news conference Thursday, June 11, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Virtual Reality has been a 3-D technological dream for decades, embodied by images of donning a pair of special goggles and being transported to another world.

Chevy’s Tech Head Talks Hackers And The Future Of Cars

July 23, 2015
Chevy says the 2015 Cruze "puts entertainment and information at your fingertips." (Chevrolet.com)

As vehicles become more and more like computers, what does that mean for safety? And privacy?

Ashley Madison, Gawker, Reddit And The Internet Shame Spiral

July 22, 2015
Guide To Better Password Security

Privacy and free speech on the Internet. We look at the troubles at Reddit and Gawker, and the hacking of cheating website Ashley Madison.

What The Ashley Madison Hack Means For Us All

July 21, 2015
Ashley Madison's Korean web site is shown on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

By now it’s clear just how vulnerable we are online. The recent data breaches are difficult to keep track of, and now add to that list a website that connects people who are looking to cheat on their spouses.

Delivery By Drone Is Hovering Closer To Reality

July 21, 2015
An employee of the US drone company Matternet shows a drone carrying a mail box of Swiss Post on July 7, 2015 at the airport of Bellechasse, western Switzerland during a press conference. Swiss Post started a series of test for parcel delivery by drone in the alpine country that has many isolated villages in valleys surrounded by mountains. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

The head of the Silicon Valley startup Matternet discusses the tests to figure out whether delivery drones could be cost-effective.

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