Science & Technology

DNA can help you build your family tree, find out where your relatives came from, find a parent you’ve been searching for (or a sibling or distant relatives you may not have been…

from Greater LA

We have cars that run on food, like used french fry oil, corn, and even chocolate. Why not start making cars out of food too? That’s what Ford wants to do.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Riot Games    announced this week    that it’s going to pay $10 million to all the women who worked at the company at any time in the last five years.

Former Riot Games staffer on the company’s payouts for harassment

Riot Games announced this week that it’s going to pay $10 million to all the women who worked at the company at any time in the last five years.

from Greater LA

In the early 2000s, the lives of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were a tabloid obsession.

Britney and Lindsay were tabloid fodder -- until Instagram came along

In the early 2000s, the lives of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were a tabloid obsession.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Bees have been dying off in masses, and no one knows why. Bees are crucial to the food chain. Now there’s hope: a bee vaccine.

Will new vaccine effectively save bees?

Bees have been dying off in masses, and no one knows why. Bees are crucial to the food chain. Now there’s hope: a bee vaccine.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The parts for ghost guns are sold without background checks, which means felons and kids can buy them.

Ghost guns are showing up at more California crime scenes

The parts for ghost guns are sold without background checks, which means felons and kids can buy them.

from KCRW Features

About 50 Google physicists are making history inside a mundane white building in Goleta, next door to a used furniture warehouse and a small local brewery.

Inside Google Goleta’s quantum computing lab

About 50 Google physicists are making history inside a mundane white building in Goleta, next door to a used furniture warehouse and a small local brewery.

from KCRW Features

Ford Motor Company is shaking up the EV market. They just unveiled a new crossover, 4-door SUV called the Mustang Mach-E.

Ford Mustang goes all electric

Ford Motor Company is shaking up the EV market. They just unveiled a new crossover, 4-door SUV called the Mustang Mach-E.

from Greater LA

In 2015, the LA Fire Department became one of the first in the nation to create a drone program. The fleet has become essential to combating fires.

LA Fire Department uses drones to combat wildfires

In 2015, the LA Fire Department became one of the first in the nation to create a drone program. The fleet has become essential to combating fires.

from KCRW Features

Could it be one of the most important conversations of the modern era? This week on Studio Berlin, host Noah Barkin delves into the details of Germany’s 5G debate.

The Debate over 5G, Huawei, and Germany's digital future

Could it be one of the most important conversations of the modern era? This week on Studio Berlin, host Noah Barkin delves into the details of Germany’s 5G debate.

from Studio Berlin

You can get a boyfriend by going on a dating app, but what if you need a best friend? There’s an app for that too, and traditional matchmaking services to find friends.

Can you find a long-term BFF through an app?

You can get a boyfriend by going on a dating app, but what if you need a best friend? There’s an app for that too, and traditional matchmaking services to find friends.

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

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing Facebook. He wants them to turn over emails, documents, etc.

California sues Facebook for key info in privacy investigation

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing Facebook. He wants them to turn over emails, documents, etc.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Our brains receive pleasure from cell phones, social media, food, sex. Those are dopamine generators. Now there’s a new health craze in Silicon Valley.

Dopamine deprivation: the latest Silicon Valley trend

Our brains receive pleasure from cell phones, social media, food, sex. Those are dopamine generators. Now there’s a new health craze in Silicon Valley.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Facial recognition software is touted as making us safer. Is it worth the risk of misidentification -- and the violation of privacy?

Does facial recognition software threaten our freedom?

Facial recognition software is touted as making us safer. Is it worth the risk of misidentification -- and the violation of privacy?

from To the Point

The attorney general's office filed a subpoena earlier this year as part of an investigation into allegations that the company misused user data.

California attorney general seeks court order to force Facebook to turn over records

The attorney general's office filed a subpoena earlier this year as part of an investigation into allegations that the company misused user data.

from NPR

Apple says it’ll spend $2.5 billion to help combat California’s growing housing crisis.

Apple gives billions to create affordable housing. Too little, too late?

Apple says it’ll spend $2.5 billion to help combat California’s growing housing crisis.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The plan includes $1 billion for a mortgage assistance fund for first-time homebuyers in the state, and $1 billion for an open line of credit to develop "very low- to moderate-income housing."

Apple pledges $2.5 billion to combat California's housing crisis

The plan includes $1 billion for a mortgage assistance fund for first-time homebuyers in the state, and $1 billion for an open line of credit to develop "very low- to moderate-income housing."

from NPR

Comedian Chris Garcia’s search to discover who his Cuban immigrant dad really was LA comedian Chris Garcia is the first American-born child of a pair of Cuban refugees.

Comedian Chris Garcia’s search to discover who his Cuban immigrant father really was

Comedian Chris Garcia’s search to discover who his Cuban immigrant dad really was LA comedian Chris Garcia is the first American-born child of a pair of Cuban refugees.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The government has your face on file if you have a driver’s license or a passport, or if you’ve been pretty much anywhere in public.

ACLU sues FBI and others over use of facial recognition technology

The government has your face on file if you have a driver’s license or a passport, or if you’ve been pretty much anywhere in public.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand