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How federal disaster money favors the rich

Disasters are becoming more common in America. In the early and mid-20th century, fewer than 20 percent of U.S. counties experienced a disaster each year. Today, it's about 50 percent. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, climate change is already driving more severe droughts...

Contrasting state-of-the-art automated scoring of essays: analysis

This study compared the results from nine automated essay scoring engines on eight essay scoring prompts drawn from six states that annually administer high-stakes writing assessments. Student essays from each state were randomly divided into three sets: a training set (used for modeling the essay...

New technologies boosted Obama campaign's efforts

Robert Siegel speaks with Harper Reed, who was chief technology officer for the Obama reelection campaign, about the strategies they employed to mobilize volunteers and reach voters on NPR.

Supercomputers act like talent magnets

Titan, the new supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has been crowned the fastest in the world. Audie Cornish talks to Steve Henn for more on NPR. It can clock 17.59 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second). Audie Cornish talks to Steve...

What will Apple's patent case mean for phone design?

Apple have recently patented their original iPhone design, but NPR's Laura Sydell looks at what this will mean for the future of other smart phone designs.