Science & Technology

In what NASA is calling "HERstory" in space, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station Friday to replace a bad battery charger.

from NPR

Several weeks ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned his company about the risks that an Elizabeth Warren presidency would pose for their bottom line.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Civility, compassion, kindness. Is there a shortage of these today, particularly in public life? Jenifer and Matthew Harris seem to think so.

UCLA launches new institute to study kindness

Civility, compassion, kindness. Is there a shortage of these today, particularly in public life? Jenifer and Matthew Harris seem to think so.

from Greater LA

David Shalom and his wife, Claudia, shudder at the thought of having to board a bus with their 2-year-old daughter after a long flight to LAX.

LAX unveils new plan for curbside pickups… outside the terminal

David Shalom and his wife, Claudia, shudder at the thought of having to board a bus with their 2-year-old daughter after a long flight to LAX.

from Greater LA

In a recent    study   , scientists estimate that the North American bird population has dropped by roughly 29% since the 1970s. That’s nearly three billion birds.

Bird extinction? Scientists say headlines are overblown

In a recent study , scientists estimate that the North American bird population has dropped by roughly 29% since the 1970s. That’s nearly three billion birds.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Butterfly Beach in Montecito is popular among beachgoers. But 30 years from now, there won’t be much of it left to enjoy.

Tropical fish, microplastics and disappearing beaches: Climate change along the Central Coast

Butterfly Beach in Montecito is popular among beachgoers. But 30 years from now, there won’t be much of it left to enjoy.

from KCRW Features

Climate change is threatening the supply of avocados. So scientists in Mexico and the U.S. have now mapped the DNA of several popular varieties of avocados, include Hass.

Engineering avocados that withstand global warming

Climate change is threatening the supply of avocados. So scientists in Mexico and the U.S. have now mapped the DNA of several popular varieties of avocados, include Hass.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Google says its translation service can't replace human translators, but U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services tell officers it's the most efficient tool to vet refugees.

Immigration officials are using Google Translate to vet refugees

Google says its translation service can't replace human translators, but U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services tell officers it's the most efficient tool to vet refugees.

from KCRW Features

A new    analysis    in the Annals of Internal Medicine says red meat and processed meat might not be so bad for you after all, so no need to cut back.

Red flags about new study saying red meat isn't so bad

A new analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine says red meat and processed meat might not be so bad for you after all, so no need to cut back.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The peach emoji used to symbolize someone's butt, but now, like nearly everything else, it's become political.

Sexy peach emoji becomes rallying cry for democracy

The peach emoji used to symbolize someone's butt, but now, like nearly everything else, it's become political.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

If you’ve used the dating site Match.com, you've probably received a notification saying "Someone’s interested in you!” or “You caught his eye.

FTC sues Match.com for misleading users

If you’ve used the dating site Match.com, you've probably received a notification saying "Someone’s interested in you!” or “You caught his eye.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Rising sea levels and intensified storms that could lead to economic and humanitarian crises. Melted ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. The extinction of endangered species.

We answer your climate change questions

Rising sea levels and intensified storms that could lead to economic and humanitarian crises. Melted ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. The extinction of endangered species.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In Cupertino today, Apple unveiled its latest products, including the iPhone 11 and iOS 13.

Apple pushes for TV streaming, video gaming, and a titanium credit card

In Cupertino today, Apple unveiled its latest products, including the iPhone 11 and iOS 13.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to reduce vaccine exemptions. The bill is now on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, but its fate is up in the air.

Bill that strengthens vaccine law for school kids goes to Gov. Newsom's desk

The California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to reduce vaccine exemptions. The bill is now on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, but its fate is up in the air.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Abalone, specifically red abalone, has been a popular menu item in sushi and seafood restaurants in California. It’s a sea slug that’s about the size of a dinner plate.

Red abalone fights for survival amid climate change

Abalone, specifically red abalone, has been a popular menu item in sushi and seafood restaurants in California. It’s a sea slug that’s about the size of a dinner plate.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Google and its YouTube subsidiary are settling allegations that YouTube collected personal information from children without their parents' consent, the Federal Trade Commission said.

Google, YouTube to pay $170 million penalty over collecting kids' personal info

Google and its YouTube subsidiary are settling allegations that YouTube collected personal information from children without their parents' consent, the Federal Trade Commission said.

from NPR

More than 200 people are sick, and one person has died from a mysterious lung illness tied to vaping.

Mysterious lung illness can emerge with just one vape, says doctor

More than 200 people are sick, and one person has died from a mysterious lung illness tied to vaping.

The LA County Board of Supervisors voted a couple of months ago to help residents in the county buy Ring doorbell cameras, which let you monitor your home from afar.

Ring: Viable crime fighting tool or just fearmongering?

The LA County Board of Supervisors voted a couple of months ago to help residents in the county buy Ring doorbell cameras, which let you monitor your home from afar.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Anti-vaccination sentiment has popped up on Pinterest, better known for recipes, wedding planning, and mood boards than for contentious political battles.   
  Now Pinterest is…

Pinterest takes on the anti-vaccination movement

Anti-vaccination sentiment has popped up on Pinterest, better known for recipes, wedding planning, and mood boards than for contentious political battles.  Now Pinterest is…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Imagine a restaurant without servers, or a counter to order food, or tables or chairs, or dining space at all. The restaurant is just a kitchen.

The rise of delivery-only restaurants

Imagine a restaurant without servers, or a counter to order food, or tables or chairs, or dining space at all. The restaurant is just a kitchen.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand