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4:15 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

Arturo Martinez watches his wife, Aurora Martinez, put on makeup in their San Rafael, Calif., home. She has Alzheimer's.
Lynne Shallcross for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:18 am

A doctor I interviewed for this story told me something that stuck with me. He said for every person with dementia he treats, he finds himself caring for two patients. That's how hard it can be to be a caregiver for someone with dementia.

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All Tech Considered
2:36 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

When It Comes To Learning For The Deaf, 'It's A 3-D Language'

Melissa Malzkuhn, director of the Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet University, suits up in motion capture to record a nursery rhyme for deaf children.
Emma Bowman NPR

In a small, sparse makeshift lab, Melissa Malzkuhn practices her range of motion in a black, full-body unitard dotted with light-reflecting nodes. She's strapped on a motion capture, or mocap, suit. Infrared cameras that line the room will capture her movement and translate it into a 3-D character, or avatar, on a computer.

But she's not making a Disney animated film.

Three-dimensional motion capture has developed quickly in the last few years, most notably as a Hollywood production tool for computer animation in films like Planet of the Apes and Avatar.

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Environment
5:12 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Wildlife Forensics Lab Uses Tech To Sniff, Identify Illegal Wood

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab Director Ken Goddard holds a wood sample used in the lab's forensic work in Ashland, Ore.
Jes Burns OPB/EarthFix

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

Before you prosecute thieves, you have to know what they stole. It's the same for crimes against nature.

The world's only lab dedicated solely to wildlife forensics is in southern Oregon. The lab usually specializes in endangered animal cases, but armed with a high-tech device, it's now helping track shipments of contraband wood.

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The Two-Way
2:27 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

From Ice Cream To Ian McKellen: Reactions To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

People celebrate inside the Stonewall Inn, an iconic gay bar recently granted historic landmark status, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Yana Paskova Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 4:53 pm

There was jubilation among supporters of same-sex marriage Friday, after the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. We've rounded up some of the best reactions, below.

Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's seemed to be poised for this moment, unveiling a new package for its popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor — which was renamed "I Dough, I Dough."

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Business
6:57 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Service Jobs, Like Uber Driver, Blur Lines Between Old Job Categories

Uber drivers can chose their own hours, and decide whether or not to pick someone up.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 3:24 pm

Is an Uber driver an employee of the company, or an independent contractor? That question is the focus of a federal class action lawsuit coming up in California, and in smaller cases around the country. But maybe there's a third category — a murky middle not yet defined in the U.S., though there is some precedent abroad.

According to David Plouffe, the senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber, Uber's drivers are clearly independent contractors.

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The Two-Way
2:27 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Amy Poehler Asks A Critic Of Women's Sports, 'Really!?!'

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers took turns responding to a tweet that dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching."
YouTube

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 3:15 pm

Many people took notice when a Sports Illustrated analyst dismissed women's sports as "not worth watching" earlier this week. Unfortunately for SI's Andy Benoit, two of those who noticed were Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Thousands Of Cabdrivers Clog France's Roads To Protest Uber

An UberPop vehicle was overturned by French taxi drivers, who also clashed with riot police, during Thursday's protest of the app-based ride-hailing company.
Ian Langsdon EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 4:29 pm

Taxi drivers in France formed virtual blockades around airports and key train stations Thursday, causing chaos in Paris and other French cities as part of a wide protest against the Uber ride-booking service, known in France as UberPOP.

Government and transportation officials urged travelers to take trains to many airports, as the roads around them were completely blocked.

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All Tech Considered
5:09 am
Thu June 25, 2015

For Online Video Stars, YouTube Is No Longer The Only Stage

Anna Akana, a bespectacled, 25-year-old comedian who writes, directs and stars in skits about everything from personal stories, to friendship and even dealing with anxiety, says she is sort of over YouTube.
Anna Akana/Screenshot via YouTube

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:04 pm

When it comes to online video, the world is glued to YouTube. People watch billions of videos on it every day. And that huge share of online eyeballs is why other companies are trying to chip away at its dominance and lure some of its biggest stars away from the service.

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The Two-Way
4:27 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

OPM Chief Again Grilled On Data Hack

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill again today on the hack of federal employees' personal data in agency computers.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:58 pm

The director of the Office of Personnel Management underwent another grilling Wednesday, this time from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Katherine Archuleta sat for more than three hours as lawmakers questioned her competence and her estimates of how many government workers may have had their data breached in the hacking of OPM's computers discovered this spring.

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The Two-Way
3:53 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Gmail Now Features A Way To Ease Sender's Remorse

Glen Argov Landov

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 7:11 pm

Email regrets? We've had a few. Google now has a solution for the dreaded "reply all" misfire and other e-disasters. With a few adjustments to Gmail settings, users have the option to withdraw a message sent in haste, in anger or from a bar.

From the Gmail help page:

To enable Undo Send:

  1. Click the gear in the top right.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to "Undo Send" and click Enable.
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