Science + Technology http://wcbe.org en In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline http://wcbe.org/post/google-newsroom-brazil-defeat-not-headline If you do a Google search on the World Cup game in which Germany slaughtered Brazil 7-1, the top results will say things like "destroy," "defeat," and "humiliate."<p>But Google itself is choosing to steer clear of negative terms. The company has created an experimental newsroom in San Francisco to monitor the World Cup, and turn popular search results into viral content. And they've got a clear editorial bias.<p>Around the world, billions of people kept both eyes fixed on the TV during the matches. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:22:00 +0000 editor 59128 at http://wcbe.org In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline Google Glass Faces A Ban In British Movie Theaters http://wcbe.org/post/google-glass-faces-ban-british-movie-theaters Just one week after Google Glass went on sale in the U.K., fears of piracy have led to calls to ban the eyewear from being worn in movie theaters.<p>Criticism of the Google device, which can allow those wearing it to record what they see, has come from the powerful Cinema Exhibitors' Association, which as <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28107272">the BBC</a> reports "has no power to enforce a ban, but instead makes recommendations to most of the country's cinema industry."<p>From London, Ari Shapiro reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Movie theater operators say they're concerned that peopl Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 58775 at http://wcbe.org The Game Of The Gods Keeps Us Watching http://wcbe.org/post/game-gods-keeps-us-watching The famous American physicist <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1965/feynman-bio.html">Richard Feynman</a> once made <a href="http://web.mit.edu/~sverdlin/www/HSSP/readings/feynman.pdf">an interesting comparison</a> between games and the laws of nature (here adapted to soccer to keep up with the spirit of the Word Cup):<p><blockquote><p>"We can imagine that this complicated array of moving things which constitutes 'the world' is something like a great soccer game being played by the gods, and we are observers of the game. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Marcelo Gleiser 58843 at http://wcbe.org The Game Of The Gods Keeps Us Watching Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup http://wcbe.org/post/facebook-manipulates-our-moods-science-and-commerce-roundup So, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/28/326453204/facebook-scientists-alter-newsfeeds-find-emotions-are-affected-by-it">that happened</a>.<p>Scientists <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788.full">published a paper</a> revealing that in 2012, Facebook researchers conducted a study into "emotional contagion." The social media company altered the news feeds (the main page users land on for a stream of updates from friends) of nearly 700,000 users. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:04:42 +0000 Elise Hu 58684 at http://wcbe.org Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources http://wcbe.org/post/rain-storms-pummel-upper-midwest-drowning-resources Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.<p>Fans hum 24/7 as Laura Westra tries to dry out her sopping-wet basement in the small town of Rock Valley, Iowa.<p>The nearby Rock River, in the northwest corner of the state, swelled last week wider and deeper than anyone can remember.<p>"We've lived here 45 years, and this is the first time we had water in the basement," Westra says.<p>Rain and river water inundated her neighborhood, flooding her home and many of her neighbors' homes.<p>"Our son's Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:16:00 +0000 David Schaper 58430 at http://wcbe.org Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources Blame Your Brain: The Fault Lies Somewhere Within http://wcbe.org/post/blame-your-brain-fault-lies-somewhere-within Science doesn't just further technology and help us predict and control our environment. It also changes the way we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world. This understanding can <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/05/21/185767142/lets-get-creative-and-redefine-the-meaning-of-religion">inspire awe</a> and a sense of <a href="http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin">grandeur</a>. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:31:51 +0000 Tania Lombrozo 57963 at http://wcbe.org Blame Your Brain: The Fault Lies Somewhere Within U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan http://wcbe.org/post/us-offshore-wind-energy-area-would-nearly-double-under-new-plan A large swath of the Atlantic Ocean could soon be used to generate electricity, as a U.S. agency proposes opening more than 1,000 square miles of ocean to wind energy projects. The area is off the coast of Massachusetts, which has been working on the proposal with federal officials.<p>The area under consideration is near the region where parcels for offshore wind farms were <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/02/207308203/sold-first-parcels-auctioned-for-future-offshore-wind-farms">auctioned off last year</a>, in what one U.S. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:18:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 57956 at http://wcbe.org U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat? http://wcbe.org/post/collecting-animals-science-noble-mission-or-threat Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, there's a vast, warehouse-like room that's filled with metal cabinets painted a drab institutional green. Inside the cabinets are more than a half-million birds — and these birds are not drab. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 57947 at http://wcbe.org Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat? How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's http://wcbe.org/post/how-yahoos-diversity-numbers-compare-googles <a href="http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/89085398949/workforce-diversity-at-yahoo">Yahoo has responded</a> to the years-long calls for tech companies to disclose their staffs' gender and racial breakdowns. The numbers released Tuesday show its workforce, like much of the tech industry, is dominated by white and Asian males. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:49:00 +0000 Elise Hu 57942 at http://wcbe.org How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Seabirds' Bellies http://wcbe.org/post/plastics-dont-disappear-they-do-end-seabirds-bellies The vast majority of debris in the ocean — about 75 percent of it — is made of plastic. It can consist of anything from plastic bottles to packaging materials, but whatever form it takes, it doesn't go away easily.<p>While plastic may break down into smaller and smaller pieces, some as small as grains of sand, these pieces are never truly biodegradable. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 57944 at http://wcbe.org Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Seabirds' Bellies Hubble To Search For Last Stop On Pluto Probe's Itinerary http://wcbe.org/post/hubble-search-last-stop-pluto-probes-itinerary The Hubble Space Telescope is being pressed into service to search for a post-Pluto "icy body" as a last stop for NASA's <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/#.U6CpMEAmWYk">New Horizons probe.</a><p>The Baltimore-based committee that metes out observing time for the HST announced today that it is allotting time to look for a suitable Kuiper Belt object for New Horizons to flyby after it passes close to Pluto in July 2015.<p><a href="http://www.nature.com/news/pluto-bound-probe-faces-crisis-1.15261">As <em>Nature</em> explained last month</a> before the New Horizons team Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 57939 at http://wcbe.org Hubble To Search For Last Stop On Pluto Probe's Itinerary Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://wcbe.org/post/reports-obama-propose-creation-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary President Obama unveiled a proposal on Tuesday that would create the world's largest ocean sanctuary south and west of Hawaii,<em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-will-propose-vast-expansion-of-pacific-ocean-marine-sanctuary/2014/06/16/f8689972-f0c6-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html?tid=sm_fb"> The Washington Post</a></em> and <a href="http://mtstandard.com/business/obama-to-create-world-s-largest-ocean-preserve/article_6b07fbae-1417-5026-be04-2972ff85e8ff.html">The Associated Press</a> are reporting.<p>According to the outlets, Obama intends to expand a sanctuary created Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:57:00 +0000 editor 57906 at http://wcbe.org Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary Microwave Helmet Could Diagnose Strokes As Patients Ride To Hospital http://wcbe.org/post/microwave-helmet-could-diagnose-strokes-patients-ride-hospital When a stroke hits, brain cells perish at an alarming rate. The faster a patient gets treatment, the less likely it is that he or she will suffer permanent damage.<p>But to pick the right treatment, doctors must find the underlying cause of the stroke fast.<p>Most strokes occur when a clot blocks blood flow in the brain. For the best results, treatment of those strokes with clotbusting drugs should start less than 90 minutes after onset.<p>But a significant fraction of strokes — around 1 in 5 — are caused by burst blood vessels. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Kara Manke 57831 at http://wcbe.org Microwave Helmet Could Diagnose Strokes As Patients Ride To Hospital Lights, Lights, Lights, Action! A Crazy New Light Projector http://wcbe.org/post/lights-lights-lights-action-crazy-new-light-projector What can you do with a spotlight?<p>You can light a spot.<p>But what if you give yourself more options and invent a tool that lets light spill, splash or tighten into a beam as thin as a pencil line — a beam of light that can draw!<p>Draw what? Oh my God, so many things: a galloping unicorn, a friendly girl, a guy who kicks you in the face, a wormhole, a ball that splashes into a fluid, a cube, a spiral, a rabbit, a squid, a scribble.<p>There's a performer in New York who calls himself <a href="http://www.adandypunk.com/#!ego/c10fk">a dandypunk</a>. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:30:26 +0000 Robert Krulwich 57802 at http://wcbe.org Lights, Lights, Lights, Action! A Crazy New Light Projector Father Devises A 'Bionic Pancreas' To Help Son With Diabetes http://wcbe.org/post/father-devises-bionic-pancreas-help-son-diabetes An alarm sounds on Ed Damiano's night stand in the middle of the night. He jumps out of bed and rushes into his son's room next door.<p>His son, David, has Type 1 diabetes. The 15-year-old sleeps hooked up to a monitor that sounds an alarm when his blood sugar gets too low. If it drops sharply, David could die in his sleep.<p>"The fear is that there's going to be this little cold limb, and I screwed up. It's all on me," Damiano says.<p>But when he touches David's hand, he's warm. He's OK. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:50:00 +0000 Rob Stein 57795 at http://wcbe.org Father Devises A 'Bionic Pancreas' To Help Son With Diabetes The Transhuman Future: Be More Than You Can Be http://wcbe.org/post/transhuman-future-be-more-you-can-be How is it that we define a human? Is it our body? Our genome? Our behaviors? Our self-awareness? Our compassion? Our minds? All of these and then something more? Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:24:30 +0000 Marcelo Gleiser 57554 at http://wcbe.org The Transhuman Future: Be More Than You Can Be With Concern For Environment, Illinois Bans Microbeads http://wcbe.org/post/concern-environment-illinois-bans-microbeads Illinois became the first state in the union to ban microbeads, the tiny bits of plastic found in consumer products like skin exfoliants and soap.<p>As NPR's Cheryl Corley reports, environmentalists say that when microbeads wash down the drain, they're usually missed by filtration systems, which means they become food to fish and other wildlife.<p>Cheryl filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Scientists say after fish and other organisms eat the tiny bits of plastic — usually listed as polyethylene or polypropylene on labels — toxins could be passed on to humans and wildlif Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:59:00 +0000 editor 57487 at http://wcbe.org With Concern For Environment, Illinois Bans Microbeads Spiders Tune In To Web's Music To Size Up Meals And Mates http://wcbe.org/post/spiders-tune-webs-music-size-meals-and-mates <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EkEsTafD38</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjh7bQSc8ag</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:48:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 57464 at http://wcbe.org Spiders Tune In To Web's Music To Size Up Meals And Mates Project Eavesdrop: An Experiment At Monitoring My Home Office http://wcbe.org/post/project-eavesdrop-experiment-monitoring-my-home-office If someone tapped your Internet connection, what would he find out about you?<p>It's been just over a year since <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/search/index.php?searchinput=edward+snowden">Edward Snowden</a> became a household name, and his disclosures about the reach and extent of the National Security Agency's online monitoring programs led to headlines around the world.<p>But one big, basic question remains more or less unanswered: What exactly does the NSA's surveillance reveal?<p>To try to answer that question, I had my home office bugged.<p>Working with <a href="http://arstechnica Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:47:00 +0000 editor 57466 at http://wcbe.org Project Eavesdrop: An Experiment At Monitoring My Home Office A Year After Snowden, U.S. Tech Losing Trust Overseas http://wcbe.org/post/year-after-snowden-us-tech-losing-trust-overseas This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Snowden revelations. Whatever you may think about <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/190293264/edward-snowden">Edward Snowden</a> the man — is he a traitor or a hero? — one fact is indisputable. His leaks shook the U.S. technology industry to its core. And the reverberations keep on coming.<p>Take Cisco. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 07:32:00 +0000 editor 57235 at http://wcbe.org A Year After Snowden, U.S. Tech Losing Trust Overseas