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Elon Musk has started a new company called Neuralink, in what's widely seen as a bid to add a symbiotic computer layer to the human brain.
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:00

Speculation about Musk's new company, Neuralink, centers on the name and how it might correspond to his previous statements about incorporating artificial intelligence into human brains.

Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The historically black university is opening Howard West at Google's headquarters in Mountain View.
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 06:45

Howard, the historically black university in Washington, D.C., is sending computer science students to study at Google's headquarters in California, as part of an effort called Howard West.

A crop of Camellia sinensis thrives at Minto Island Tea Company's Oregon farm.
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 06:00

Most of the world's tea comes from China, India and Sri Lanka. But since 2000, dozens of farms have sprouted across the U.S. producing small-batch, artisanal tea sold at a premium.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

On Monday, the Justice Department said it would follow through on an executive order to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called "sanctuary cities." In Travis County, Texas — which includes the city of Austin — officials have said they would not comply with this order. NPR's David Greene talks to Sarah Eckhardt, a Travis County judge, about the potentially severe consequences of being a so-called "sanctuary city" under the Trump administration.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release proposed topics for questions in the 2020 census. Some demographers are worried that the census will become too politicized under the Trump administration.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

A scheduled open hearing Tuesday on Russia's involvement in the U.S. election is now closed. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with the ranking member of that committee, Democrat Adam Schiff.

Cairo has lost more than half of its population in recent decades. Today, there are just under 3,000 people left.
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

There's a lot of talk about how to revive small towns, especially in the rural Midwest, which Donald Trump carried easily. Visit Cairo, Ill., and at times it feels like a place on life support.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

Roger Wilkins worked at the Justice Department under the Kennedy administration, helped "The Washington Post" win a Pulitzer Prize and taught history and American culture at George Mason University. On Sunday, he died Sunday at the age of 85.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

Relics from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars are creating all sorts of problems in South Carolina. Old cannonballs continue to be found, and many need to be detonated.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rouhani said recently that he hoped "a new turning point in the development of our relations will be reached." NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about their relationship.

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

After President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russia's ambassador in December, he then met with an official from the Russian development bank VEB. The bank is closely tied to the Russian government and was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014.

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada talks during a tribute to his close friend and former South African President Nelson Mandela at Gandhi Hall on Dec. 8, 2013, in Johannesburg. Kathrada died on Tuesday at 87.
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:00

South African freedom fighter Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada spent decades in jail with Nelson Mandela. His best friend later in life was one of his prison guards.

Compared to leaf-eaters, primates who ate fruit had around 25 percent more brain tissue.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:49

A new study suggests that diet had a big influence in driving the evolution of brain size in primates. Monkeys who thrive on fruit have bigger brains than their plant eating neighbors.

A fan celebrates Monday in Las Vegas, after NFL team owners approved the Raiders' move to the city.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:48

By overwhelming majority, NFL owners voted Monday to approve the Raiders' bid to make a new home in Sin City. But it won't be a quick farewell. They're still playing in Oakland at least through 2017.

A viral image last week claimed 14 girls of color went missing in 24 hours in D.C. — though police say that's untrue. But the facts are startling, with very real consequences.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:42

A viral image last week claimed 14 girls of color went missing in 24 hours in D.C. — though police say that's untrue. But the facts are startling, with very real consequences.

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