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The Best Medicine: Decoding The Hidden Meanings Of Laughter

By Shankar Vedantam
A woman laughing.

This week, a scientific look at what makes us laugh. Here's a hint — a lot of it isn't funny. We talk to neuroscientist (and stand up comedian) Sophie Scott.

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  • July 12th 2019 at 00:10

Boeing 737 programme head retires as Max stays grounded

Leadership reshuffle will see the head of aircraft maker’s 787 programme take over

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:46

Along The Gulf Coast, People Are Preparing For Tropical Storm Barry

By Travis Lux

Heavy rains are predicted in Louisiana and Mississippi with the expected arrival of a tropical system swirling in the Gulf of Mexico. Flooding is a major concern in areas already saturated by water.

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:27

Why So Many Countries Have Their Sights Set On Visiting The Moon

By Geoff Brumfiel

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landings, more nations than ever are racing to the moon. Their lunar ambitions are driven by advances in technology and a desire to prove themselves.

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:25

Mexico's Beaches Are Being Overwhelmed By Sargassum Seaweed From The Atlantic

Scientists say there's a mass of seaweed stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to West Africa. They call it the biggest seaweed bloom in the world and that it's a signal of a new normal.

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:23

Trump Welcomes Conservative, Far-Right Social Media Personalities To The White House

By Hannah Allam

The president is hosting social media bloggers whom the White House claims face discrimination online because of their conservative views. But some of the invitees are far-right conspiracy theorists.

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:21

Big Tech Companies Are Struggling With How To Best Police Their Platforms

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Joan Donovan, director of the Shorenstein Center's Technology and Social Change Research Project, about how tech platforms are approaching far-right social media posts.

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:21

Will Your Job Still Exist In 2030?

By Alina Selyukh
Map of net job growth

New research finds automation widening the gap between urban and rural areas and dramatically affecting people who didn't go to college or didn't finish high school.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:00

Will Your Job Still Exist In 2030?

By Alina Selyukh
Map of net job growth

New research finds automation widening the gap between urban and rural areas and dramatically affecting people who didn't go to college or didn't finish high school.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:00

Noel Gallagher: Scotland is 'like a third world country'

Noel Gallagher has intensified his feud with Lewis Capaldi by saying Scotland "is like a third world country".

  • July 11th 2019 at 21:04

As Its Drug Pricing Plans Fall Through, Trump Administration Turns To Congress To Act

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced his agency is dropping a proposal intended to lower drug prices.

It was a tough week for the agency in charge of implementing Trump's ambitious plans to reduce drug costs. The administration rolled back one plan and had another shot down in court.

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  • July 11th 2019 at 22:25

Julie Sweet to Run Accenture, Adding a Woman to the Ranks of Corporate C.E.O.s

By David Gelles

Her appointment raises the number of women at the helm of the most valuable U.S. public companies to 27, but that is just slightly more than 5 percent of those firms.

France Approves Tax On Big Tech, And U.S. Threatens To Retaliate

By Laurel Wamsley
France will levy a 3% tax on digital companies that make large profits in the country. French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who championed the measure, is seen here on Wednesday in Paris.

French officials have been frustrated that digital companies have been able to avoid taxes by establishing their European headquarters in countries that offer corporations low tax rates.

(Image credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 11th 2019 at 22:08

Bet On The Bot: AI Beats The Professionals At 6-Player Texas Hold 'Em

By Merrit Kennedy
During one experiment, the poker bot Pluribus played against five professional players. It won.

Six-player Texas Hold 'em has been too tough for a machine to master — until now. A bot named Pluribus crushed some of the world's best poker players using brash and unorthodox strategies.

(Image credit: Facebook AI Research)

  • July 11th 2019 at 21:24

Probe starts after UAE satellite lost in failed Vega launch

An investigation is under way after a European Vega rocket failed after take-off, destroying a military observation satellite as it was about to be placed in orbit for the United Arab Emirates, European space authorities said on Thursday.

Bet On The Bot: AI Beats The Professionals At 6-Player Texas Hold 'Em

By Merrit Kennedy
During one experiment, the poker bot Pluribus played against five professional players. It won.

Six-player Texas Hold 'em has been too tough for a machine to master — until now. A bot named Pluribus crushed some of the world's best poker players using brash and unorthodox strategies.

(Image credit: Facebook AI Research)

  • July 11th 2019 at 21:24

Bet On The Bot: AI Beats The Professionals At 6-Player Texas Hold 'Em

By Merrit Kennedy
During one experiment, the poker bot Pluribus played against five professional players. It won.

Six-player Texas Hold 'em has been too tough for a machine to master — until now. A bot named Pluribus crushed some of the world's best poker players using brash and unorthodox strategies.

(Image credit: Facebook AI Research)

  • July 11th 2019 at 21:24
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