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5:43 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Legal Name Change? Facebook Still Won't Let You Be Maj. Major Major Major

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

Facebook has been cracking down on fake names, and recently went after Jemma Rogers, who set up an account as "Jemmaroid Von Laalaa" in 2008.

Facebook demanded she prove it's her name, so she tried to Photoshop "Jemmaroid" onto her bank cards.

Facebook didn't buy it, so she legally changed her name to "Jemmaroid Von Laalaa."

Facebook still wouldn't budge, but say they're "looking into the matter."

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Michel Martin, Going There
5:43 am
Tue July 14, 2015

From Fishing With Mom To Becoming A Top Fisheries Official

Mamie Parker, a fish and wildlife biologist with a doctorate in ecology, remembers a janitor at work once telling her: "No African-American woman has been in here except to clean this office."
Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 9:47 am

Mamie Parker, a former assistant director of fisheries and habitat conservation at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was the first African-American to head a regional office for that agency. But when she started out in the field, she says, she "did not see anyone that looked like me doing this type of work."

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All Tech Considered
8:15 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

On College Campuses, Suicide Intervention Via Anonymous App

Screen shot of a Yik Yak exchange where one person expresses thoughts about possibly hurting him/herself, and others respond.
Samantha Braver

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 12:54 pm

We've heard a lot about how people get ugly online — abuse others and bully because they don't have to stand behind their words. But there's an upside to anonymity on the Internet, too: Good things can happen when you don't have to say your name.

On the app Yik Yak, for example, college students are asking for help when they're feeling desperate or even suicidal — and the anonymous crowds are responding with kindness.

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The Salt
7:16 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Caviar + Mango: Chef Watson Wants You To Cook Outside The Comfort Zone

The Chef Watson app says caviar and mango would go well with egg and chive in a brunch dish.
via Wikimedia; Flickr

Watson, IBM's Jeopardy!-winning supercomputer, boasts a pretty impressive resume when it comes to cooking.

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Digital Life
4:43 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

An App To Stop Cyberbullying

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 8:30 pm

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Remembrances
4:43 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Nintendo CEO Iwata: 'In My Heart I Am A Gamer'

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:42 am

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The chief executive officer of Nintendo has died. As NPR's Laura Sydell reports, Satoru Iwata was known for his accessibility to fans, and he's being remembered for a playfulness unusual among big company CEOs.

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All Tech Considered
3:49 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

#RaceOnTech: How An Early Love Of Math Led Her To The Role Of CEO

Dr. Lisa Dyson is the CEO of Kiverdi, a next-generation sustainable oil company that converts CO2 and waste carbon gases into oils using biotechnology.
Maurice Dean Courtesy of Lisa Dyson

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:03 am

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Land Rover Recalls 65,000 Vehicles Over Unlatching Doors

The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is among the SUV models included in a new recall over the vehicles' keyless entry software. The automaker says an update will fix a problem in which doors can unexpectedly open.
PR NEWSWIRE

Concerns over the safety of drivers and passengers has prompted Land Rover to issue a recall of more than 65,000 recently made SUVs. The problem stems from keyless entry software that can allow seemingly latched doors to open.

"Some customers have reported that one door has opened while the vehicle was in motion," the company said in an initial report on the flaw in June.

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All Tech Considered
7:03 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Follow #RaceOnTech, Explore Diversity In Tech And Science

Follow the #RaceOnTech hashtag on Twitter to participate in a conversation about diversity in STEM fields.
Mary McLain NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 9:44 am

Silicon Valley admits it has a diversity problem. Companies from Google to Facebook to Twitter have reported that a majority of their employees are white males.

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Research News
5:04 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Now You See It, Some Day You Won't: Scientists Get Closer To Invisibility

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:21 pm

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