Rhode Island Public Radio http://ripr.org en Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality http://ripr.org/post/tech-week-industry-diversity-digital-afterlives-net-neutrality What happened in technology this week, you ask? Here's a roundup of the tech stories reported by NPR and others since you last checked in.<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>Hack The Hood: </strong>Twitter this week followed <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/26/325798198/facebooks-diversity-numbers-are-out-and-theyre-what-you-expect?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=alltech&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140723">Google, Facebook and Yahoo</a> in releasing numbers on the makeup of its workforce. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Avie Schneider 37327 at http://ripr.org Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought http://ripr.org/post/learning-read-may-take-longer-we-thought Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/desc.12212/abstract">Developmental Science</a> suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.<p>"The theory of the fourth-grade shift had been based on behavioral data," says the lead author of the study, Donna Coch. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:08:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz 37328 at http://ripr.org U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting http://ripr.org/post/us-embassy-compound-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting <em><strong>Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security, with rival militant factions battling in the capital, Tripoli.<p>"Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 37322 at http://ripr.org U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey? http://ripr.org/post/if-all-ice-melts-what-happens-hockey <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=If+All+The+Ice+Melts%2C+What+Happens+To+Hockey%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MzkwMDEyMTY4NDg0NTBmYjQyZQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 37326 at http://ripr.org 'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue http://ripr.org/post/back-channel-turns-white-house-intrigue <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27Back+Channel%27+Turns+Up+White+House+Intrigue&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MzkwMDEyMTY4NDg0NTBmYjQyZQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 37325 at http://ripr.org Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit http://ripr.org/post/bobby-pattersons-got-more-soul-heart-and-spirit <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Bobby+Patterson%27s+%27Got+More+Soul%2C%27+Heart+And+Spirit&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MzkwMDEyMTY4NDg0NTBmYjQyZQ004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 37324 at http://ripr.org Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook http://ripr.org/post/lost-sea-legos-reunite-beaches-and-facebook Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck the Tokio Express, a container ship that had nearly 5 million Legos onboard. The colorful toy building blocks poured into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.<p>Tracey Williams and her children first happened upon the Tokio Express Legos in the late 1990s. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 37323 at http://ripr.org Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers http://ripr.org/post/close-encounters-radio-kind-mystery-bursts-baffle-astronomers Astronomers have a mystery on their hands. Two large radio telescopes, on opposite sides of the planet, have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves.<p>Right now, astronomers have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from. And nothing has been ruled out at the moment — not even the kind of outrageous claims you'd expect to see in tabloid headlines.<p><strong>Australian Recordings Inspire Curiosity And Doubt</strong><p>The first report of these "fast radio bursts" appeared in 2007. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:13:00 +0000 Joe Palca 37318 at http://ripr.org Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets http://ripr.org/post/forget-fishing-boat-alaskans-scoop-salmon-dipnets Fishing purists, be warned. This story is not for you.<p>Yes, it's about salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska. But no one here is hooking a prize fish in the remote wilderness. This kind of fishing is all about crowds and slop buckets and big contraptions called dipnets — and the lengths Alaskans will go to in order to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon.<p>Novena Registe sits on a cooler on the beach at the mouth of the Kenai River, relaxing in the sun after a long day of fishing. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Annie Feidt 37319 at http://ripr.org Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza Appears To Be Holding http://ripr.org/post/temporary-cease-fire-gaza-appears-be-holding <em><strong>Update at 8:55 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Jerusalem this morning that a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/25/335405818/israel-and-hamas-reportedly-agree-to-12-hour-truce">12-hour humanitarian cease-fire</a> in Gaza that went into effect at 8 a.m. Israeli time (1 a.m. ET) looks to be holding.<p>Hundreds of Gaza residents were taking advantage of relative calm to stock up on supplies. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 37320 at http://ripr.org Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza Appears To Be Holding