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8:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

DARPA Explores New Ways To Secure Our Lives Online

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 1:08 pm

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All Tech Considered
8:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

Developers Continue Push To Make Virtual Reality Mainstream

MindMaze Software Engineer Nicolas Bourdaud demonstrates a virtual reality system at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Josh Edelson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 12:09 am

I had a lot of experiences this past week: I shot birds out of the sky with my eyes, my fingers were on fire, I flew on top of a drone over the arctic and looked into the jaws of a dragon.

I did all this without leaving San Francisco, at the 2015 Game Developers Conference, where the people who make the video games we love to play come to the city by the thousands to check out the latest hardware and software for making games.

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All Tech Considered
5:36 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Grace Hopper, 'The Queen Of Code,' Would Have Hated That Title

Grace Hopper joined the Navy during World War II and served on and off until 1986.
Courtesy of ESPN Films

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 8:45 pm

In today's male-dominated computer programming industry, it's easy to forget that a woman — Grace Hopper — helped usher in the computer revolution.

During World War II, Hopper left a teaching job at Vassar College to join the Navy Reserve. That's when she went to Harvard to work on the first programmable computer in the United States: the Mark I.

Gillian Jacobs, best known for her role as Britta Perry in the comedy television show Community, has directed a short documentary about Grace Hopper titled The Queen of Code.

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All Tech Considered
5:13 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

In Vermont, A Hyper-Local Online Forum Brings Neighbors Together

Front Porch Forum co-founders Michael and Valerie Wood-Lewis run the company from their home office in Burlington, Vt.
Angela Evancie Vermont Public Radio

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 8:45 pm

Around Christmastime, Vermont resident Erin Wagg had a problem. Her family had received a card from a friend in Italy — someone from an old exchange program — and it was written in Italian. "I don't read Italian at all," says Wagg. So she posted about it on a network called the Front Porch Forum, asking if anyone could read and translate the card for her. From her town of Richmond, Vt. (population 4,000), she received more than 20 offers of help.

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Digital Life
8:26 am
Sat March 7, 2015

U.S. Aims To Speed Up The Internet For The Disabled

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 10:29 am

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The Salt
5:01 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Voluptuous Veg: Can Food Porn Seed Lust For Healthy Eating?

A "ballet" of Brussels sprouts dazzles at the Food Porn Index, a site that tracks which foods are trending in social media part of an effort to heighten the appeal of healthy eating.
via Bolthouse Farms

Sorry to be so risqué, but beautiful photos of tempting foods can make our mouths water.

Think molten spoonfuls of chocolate, voluptuous layer cake or melted cheese oozing from a perfectly grilled croque monsieur.

We're awash in these types of food porn images. But, by comparison, do pictures of Brussels sprouts or beets get as much love online?

Nope. According to Bolthouse Farms, which markets baby carrots and fresh juices, of the more than 1.7 million food images posted daily, only about one-third are of fruits and vegetables.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Owner Heidi Rogers Tuesday at her famous Manhattan shop, Frank Music Company, before the store's final closing Friday. Judging silently from on high is composer Igor Stravinsky.
Anastasia Tsioulcas NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 7:04 pm

There's a kind of little village of artisans on Manhattan's West 54th Street. In a couple of plain looking office towers, there are a bunch of rehearsal studios, violin makers' workshops and other music businesses. Behind one of those office doors on the 10th floor sits Frank Music Company — Frank's, as everybody calls it.

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The Two-Way
2:19 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

DOJ Indicts 3 Men Accused Of 'Largest Data Breach In History'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 3:16 pm

Three men, two from Vietnam and one from Canada, who allegedly participated in a scheme to harvest a billion email addresses have been charged in what the Department of Justice describes as the largest data breach in the history of the Internet.

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The Salt
12:49 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Google Thinks We're Clueless About Cocktails, And It Wants To Help

The White Russian (from left), margarita, bloody mary and Moscow mule are some of the most searched cocktails of 2015.
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Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 2:52 pm

One of the advantages of being the world's largest search engine is that you learn a lot about what people don't know or can't remember.

It turns out the world is daunted by cocktails and has sought help enough times from Google that the company decided to get in on the mixology instruction game itself.

On Thursday, the tech giant launched a feature that provides step-by-step instructions for how to prepare a desired cocktail and a list of ingredients. (It also suggests garnish and drinkware.)

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Goats and Soda
12:11 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Volunteer Recap: Connecting Moms To Midwives In Timor-Leste

In the rural Manufahi district, health centers, like this one in the Turiscai village, are using a mobile health program to connect expectant mothers and their midwives.
Courtesy of Gena Barnabee

At first the tiny country of Timor-Leste reminded Gena Barnabee of being in the U.S. It had movie theaters, malls and plenty of roads.

Then Barnabee left the capital city. And the scenery changed dramatically.

Mountains and hills stretch for miles and miles in the rural southern part of Timor-Lest. There are only a few villages sprinkled throughout. And there's only "a little bit of a road," recalls Barnabee, who spent three months there.

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