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July 24, 2014 | NPR · A United Nations school, which was being used to shelter displaced Gazans awaiting evacuation, came under fire from a missile or shelling. The attack reportedly killed 15 people. Palestinian officials blame Israeli shelling; Israel says it may have been Hamas rockets that fell short of their target.
 
July 24, 2014 | NPR · The war in Gaza is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, but the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. The Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat, speaks with Robert Siegel about the causes of the conflict and the possible consequences of a cease-fire.
 
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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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Jun 3, 2014 — Our fear of sentient machines is overblown, says commentator Adam Frank. They won't have time to bother with us.
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Apr 4, 2014 — In RoboCop, a character named Dreyfus is at odds with one named Dennett. In real life, Dennett is one of AIs great champions, and Dreyfus one of its most trenchant critics.
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Mar 17, 2014 — The price and difficulty of building robots has fallen, and Google has scooped a half-dozen robotics firms. It's a safe bet that bots will be an increasing part of our workplaces and daily lives.
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Feb 5, 2014 — Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste testers.
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Dec 11, 2013 — When it comes time to fertilizing a cornfield, most farmers use huge machines that weigh at least 10 tons. But three brothers in Minnesota have created a tiny robot they say can do the same job much more efficiently.
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Dec 5, 2013 — New research shows that chimpanzees not only enjoy interacting with a humanoid robot, but also work actively to keep the connection going. Commentator Barbara J. King ties this finding to our past and our future.
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Oct 7, 2013 — The tiny, cube-shaped robots, called M-Blocks, can spin and jump their way into new configurations.
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Sep 18, 2013 — Science may seem advanced, may even be advanced, but that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of questions left to ask and answer. A new book catalogs 20 of the biggest questions outstanding. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser looks the list over and ponders some of the subjects keeping scientists awake at night.
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Sep 17, 2013 — In the past, robots had been seen as being too unsafe to place alongside humans on the assembly line without the benefit of a safety barrier.
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Jul 23, 2013 — Robots are no longer a dream. They are growing in complexity and importance. So now, researchers have decided, is the time to start studying how we interact with them. Are they more dangerous than we realize?
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