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2:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Is A Robot Going To Take Your Job?

Flickr Photo/CJ Isherwood (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, about whether robots will replace humans in the job market.

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Fandom
2:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

It's Time For Comic-Con!

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:14 am

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Tech Review
3:02 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone: 'Showrooming On Steroids'

The Amazon Fire boasts Firefly, a feature that allows you to easily compare box store prices with Amazon.
Credit Courtesy GeekWire

Go to a box store, hold your phone up to an item, and – ding! – your phone tells you how much the same item would cost on Amazon Prime.

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Animal Behavior
11:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Dogs Understand Fairness, Get Jealous, Study Finds

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2008 8:07 am

Dogs have an intuitive understanding of fair play and become resentful if they feel that another dog is getting a better deal, a new study has found.

The study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at how dogs react when a buddy is rewarded for the same trick in an unequal way.

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Risk And Reason
2:26 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

Will it rain or not? How you interpret the forecast could mean the difference between getting soaked or staying safe.
Maria Pavlova iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 2:04 pm

This week, All Things Considered is exploring how people interpret probability. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a 70 percent chance of success?

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Seattle Boom
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Massive Layoffs At Microsoft A Test For Seattle Startup Culture

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Last week, Microsoft began the biggest layoffs in the company’s history: 18,000 total expected in the next year. So far, about 1,300 local workers have been affected.

Jon Talton, business reporter for the Seattle Times, told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds on The Record that this event is a test for the local economy. He said the Seattle area is in the midst of an economic boom – driven by Amazon, Boeing’s 777X and 737, increased exports and low unemployment.

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Science
2:31 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention

Scientists previously underestimated the ability of the lionfish to live in less salty water.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:40 pm

(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)

When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.

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Global Health
7:37 am
Sun July 20, 2014

As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 9:08 am

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Infectious diseases may be spreading more quickly, thanks to global warming. Viruses that were kept in check by the polar ice box are being released. And as some animals move north to keep cool, they're bringing all sorts of parasites with them, from microbes to ticks. Christopher Solomon has written about this in the August issue of "Scientific American." And he joins me now from Montana Public Radio in Missoula. Welcome.

CHRISTOPHER SOLOMON: Good to be here, Arun.

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Amazon Unlimited
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Bookstore Owner's 'Grudging Respect' For Online Subscription Service

Jeannie Yandel talks with business writer and Page 2 Books co-owner Bill Virgin about Amazon's new unlimited book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited.

Corporate Downsizing
2:23 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

What Happens After A Layoff

Microsoft announced this week that the company would be laying off 18,000 employees in the next year.
Credit Flickr Photo/Fabien Lavocat (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Kevin Osborne, vice president of client services at Waldron, a human resources consulting firm based in Seattle, about how downsizing companies may provide for laid off employees.

Tech News
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

An Update On The Microsoft Job Cuts And What It Means For The Region

Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop, founder of Geekwire, about the announcement that Microsoft will be cutting 18,000 jobs over the next year, including 1,351 in the Seattle region.

Survey Results
7:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 12:44 pm

Many young scientists dream of their first trip to a remote research site — who wouldn't want to hang out with chimps like Jane Goodall, or sail to the Galapagos like Charles Darwin, exploring the world and advancing science?

But for many scientists, field research can endanger their health and safety.

In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.

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Medical Breakthroughs
3:23 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Rewiring Nerves So The Brain Can Move Prosthetic Limbs

Marcie Sillman talks with Dr. Doug Smith, an orthopedic surgeon at Harborview and the University of Washington, about emerging technology in which nerves can be relocated in amputated limbs so the brain can control prosthetic devices.

Dental Work
3:07 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

This young male, buried at a prehistoric site in Central Sudan, probably munched on the roots of a plant called purple nutsedge.
Donatella Usai Centro Studi Sudanesi and Sub-Sahariani

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:35 pm

The menus of millennia past can be tough to crack, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. For archaeologists studying a prehistoric site in Sudan, dental plaque provided a hint.

"When you eat, you get this kind of film of dental plaque over your teeth," says Karen Hardy, an archaeologist with the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

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All Tech Considered
12:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

How Much Time Do You Spend On Your Smartphone? Let's See

Moment is an iPhone app that lets users see how much time they're spending on their cellphones.
Moment

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 2:13 pm

This post is part of our Weekly Innovation series, in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

How much time are you spending on your phone? Would you want to know if you could?

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