Fri May 30, 2014
Planet Money

Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 10:50 am

There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones — tiny unmanned aircraft — all over the country. They dream of drones delivering packages and taking photos, but there's a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky.

The question at the core of the battle: Who owns the air?

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Thu May 29, 2014

The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 1:05 pm

Queens Royal College, a historic secondary school in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
David Stanley Flickr

A new pioneer has just planted its flag on the ed-tech frontier: the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Its government this week announced the creation of a "national knowledge network" to promote free online learning in partnership with Khan Academy and Coursera. The initiative is part of a broader national strategy of investment in education.

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Wed May 28, 2014
All Tech Considered

Google Is Becoming A Car Manufacturer

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 2:35 pm

Google X is building a few hundred self-driving cars that have no steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal.

Google is taking a detour into the world of automobiles, by becoming a carmaker.

But not just any car: a car that drives itself. In an effort to create a fully, 100 percent self-driving vehicle — something that needs no human being at the steering wheel — the company is building a car without a steering wheel.

Scientists at the company's research wing, Google X, have been working on this project hush-hush for the past year.

Today's Self-Driving Car

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Tue May 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:35 am

In epilepsy, the normal behavior of brain neurons is disturbed. The drug valproic acid appears to help the brain replenish a key chemical, preventing seizures.
David Mack/Science Source

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.

The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Sat May 24, 2014

Why Mr. Rogers Is Having A Big Moment In Education

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 10:18 am

Digital media? Creativity? Early Childhood education? Mr. Rogers was an early champion for trends that are hot in education today.

"Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?"

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