As part of its U.S. travels, hitchBOT rode along with two boys who were heading to summer camp. But a week later, the robot was found to have been vandalized.
August 3, 2015 A kid-sized robot that's built around a PVC bucket and sports a friendly face, the hitchBOT couldn't make it out of Philadelphia in one piece.
An aerial view of Monticello shows Mulberry Row to the right of Thomas Jefferson's house.
Robert Llewellyn/© Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
August 2, 2015 A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.
July 31, 2015 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.
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Ramona Martinez is under no illusion that this selfie is a work of art.
July 31, 2015 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.
The Japanese supercomputer K, pictured in June 2012 at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, western Japan. The K computer is currently ranked No. 3 on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers.
July 30, 2015 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).
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have signed a deal for a new show with Amazon.
Amazon Prime Video
July 30, 2015 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.
July 29, 2015 Google has successfully launched its "Project Loon" in Sri Lanka. The goal of the program is to use a series of high-altitude balloons to bring 3G service to underserved areas.
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July 29, 2015 The release of Microsoft's Windows 10 could have a big impact on the computer industry. It is giving away the update for free and relying more on sales of apps, games and web services for revenue.
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Good thing that coat is coffee-colored.
July 29, 2015 People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.
With Windows 10, Microsoft is more closely uniting its operating systems that run tablets, phones and desktops.
July 29, 2015 The new operating system includes user-friendly features, such as a personal assistant named Cortana. But its Wi-Fi Sense feature has sparked security concerns.
July 28, 2015 Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."
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July 28, 2015 NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Stuart Russell, an artificial intelligence researcher, and the force behind the open letter that warns about the dangers of autonomous weapons.
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July 28, 2015 A different Twitter greeted some users when they logged on Tuesday as the social media company tries to win more hearts — and users.
To selfie, or not to selfie?
July 27, 2015 Some say selfies are a mark of our narcissistic culture. But what about a little photoshopping? Is this further evidence of our vanity — or a platform for our personal brand and self-expression?
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A security gap on Android, the most popular smartphone operating system, was discovered by security experts in a lab and is so far not widely exploited.
July 27, 2015 A security gap on the most popular smartphone operating system was discovered by security experts in a lab and is so far not widely exploited. It would let malicious code take over a phone instantly.
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