Science & Technology

Three members of an LA family came down with COVID-19 after a ski trip to Italy earlier this month. They tested positive for the disease at LAX on their return trip.

from KCRW Features

Alligator mating season is about to hit Southern California. A ton of them are already in the area. They’re actually just a few inches long, and weigh about an ounce.

from Greater LA

As of Wednesday, facilities across the U.S. are unable to process testing kits. California has a shortage of chemicals that are critical to the testing process.

California nurse says people with coronavirus symptoms are 'not being tested'

As of Wednesday, facilities across the U.S. are unable to process testing kits. California has a shortage of chemicals that are critical to the testing process.

from KCRW Features

Clearview AI is a facial recognition system that was little known until a few months ago.

Widespread use of Clearview AI app raises online privacy concerns

Clearview AI is a facial recognition system that was little known until a few months ago.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

College students look to big tech as a destination to build their career.

Forget applying for jobs at Google, Facebook? College students stir up ‘techlash’

College students look to big tech as a destination to build their career.

from Greater LA

California district attorneys are using an algorithm to expunge some 85,000 marijuana-related convictions. The tech identifies eligible cases, allowing prosecutors to comply with Prop 64.

Algorithm targets marijuana convictions eligible to be cleared

California district attorneys are using an algorithm to expunge some 85,000 marijuana-related convictions. The tech identifies eligible cases, allowing prosecutors to comply with Prop 64.

from NPR

The Nevada caucuses are Saturday. The candidates face their most diverse electorate yet.

Nevada Democratic Party to use Google Forms to count caucus votes

The Nevada caucuses are Saturday. The candidates face their most diverse electorate yet.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Pink Princess Philodendron features heart-shaped leaves with streaks of pink. Plant enthusiasts are paying hundreds of dollars for it.

High demand for Pink Princess Philodendron leads to scams

The Pink Princess Philodendron features heart-shaped leaves with streaks of pink. Plant enthusiasts are paying hundreds of dollars for it.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

President Trump has named Richard Grenell, the current ambassador to Germany, as acting Director of National Intelligence.

Trump’s deteriorating relationship with intelligence community

President Trump has named Richard Grenell, the current ambassador to Germany, as acting Director of National Intelligence.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The tech sector has long been criticized for not being environmentally friendly. Microsoft says it’s trying to change that. The company has decided to go    carbon negative by 2030   .

Microsoft wants to go carbon negative. What does that mean?

The tech sector has long been criticized for not being environmentally friendly. Microsoft says it’s trying to change that. The company has decided to go carbon negative by 2030 .

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Monarch butterflies are among the best known types of butterflies in North America. But the population has suffered recently, especially in California.

Troubled lives of monarch butterflies … just got worse

Monarch butterflies are among the best known types of butterflies in North America. But the population has suffered recently, especially in California.

from Greater LA

The U.S. is in the middle of an oil and gas boom, especially as the Trump administration continues to cut regulations. As the industry grows, so does the waste it produces every day.

Fracking endangers health of truckers who haul radioactive waste

The U.S. is in the middle of an oil and gas boom, especially as the Trump administration continues to cut regulations. As the industry grows, so does the waste it produces every day.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

There were problems with counting votes from the Iowa caucuses on Monday. The Iowa Democratic party says it will release about half of the results this afternoon.

Iowa caucuses: tech problems, delayed results

There were problems with counting votes from the Iowa caucuses on Monday. The Iowa Democratic party says it will release about half of the results this afternoon.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

No larger than a bottle cap, abalone once were to California what lobster is to Maine but their populations are depleted.   Roseanna Xia    reports on the environment for the  Los…

Sea snails are staging their comeback

No larger than a bottle cap, abalone once were to California what lobster is to Maine but their populations are depleted.  Roseanna Xia  reports on the environment for the Los…

from Good Food

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner, wrote a Medium post in 2019 about how his phone was hacked and he was being blackmailed by the National Enquirer’s parent company,…

The phone hacking of the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner, wrote a Medium post in 2019 about how his phone was hacked and he was being blackmailed by the National Enquirer’s parent company,…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Don't click anything suspicious. Update all your software. Use two-factor authentication when available. We get tips from a senior technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

How to protect yourself from phishing and hackers

Don't click anything suspicious. Update all your software. Use two-factor authentication when available. We get tips from a senior technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

2019 was a tough year for the media landscape. An estimated 7,000 jobs were lost, and many publications went dark.

New tech-focused journalism site, dot.LA, takes off

2019 was a tough year for the media landscape. An estimated 7,000 jobs were lost, and many publications went dark.

from Greater LA

The internet comedy website CollegeHumor laid off nearly its entire staff -- more than 100 people -- last week.

Comedy websites discover that moving their content to Facebook was a bad idea

The internet comedy website CollegeHumor laid off nearly its entire staff -- more than 100 people -- last week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Artists to watch: Moses Sumney, Porridge Radio, Bonny Light Horseman, Sorry, and Tame Impala.

The sound of 2020: Pop meets indie, and digital DIY

Artists to watch: Moses Sumney, Porridge Radio, Bonny Light Horseman, Sorry, and Tame Impala.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Silicon Valley executives may say they’re apolitical, but some are secretly pouring millions into the 2020 election to help Democrats.

Secret Silicon Valley group spends big money to help Democrats

Silicon Valley executives may say they’re apolitical, but some are secretly pouring millions into the 2020 election to help Democrats.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand