This Week's Must-Hear Science and Tech Stories

1. NASA To Unveil A Huge Solar Sail to Explore Deep Space

The Age of Exploration did not really begin until Man discovered the sail, using a piece of fabric to harness the wind. If all goes according to plan, NASA will unfurl a huge solar sail called Sunjammer, to be propelled by sunlight...

2. Who Is Jeff Bezos? And What is Amazon?

He wants to find in a cheaper way to get to outer space.  He’s building a clock that ticks once a year, moves its "century hand" once every hundred years and chimes once a millennium.  Oh, and he’s also the CEO of the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.  He is Jeff Bezos. In this week’s New Tech City Quickie, Bloomberg Businessweek senior writer Brad Stone, author of the new book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon throws light on the story behind the man and the company.

3. Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian on how the internet can make you more awesome

Reddit calls itself the front page of the internet. Almost. Quantcast ranks it #31 in the U.S.. But with 81 million monthly views worldwide, it’s ahead of CNN and the New York Times. Celebrities, book authors, even President Obama are hosting Ask Me Anything threads to reach that massive audience, which skews young, male and libertarian. Alexis Ohanian and cofounder Steve Huffman started Reddit in the inaugural YCombinator class in 2005.

4. Netflix On The Moon? Broadband Makes It To Deep Space

A NASA mission to the moon has completed the first high-bandwidth space-to-ground communication using a laser. This is a big upgrade from the radio systems now in use and could potentially revolutionize deep space communication.

5. Chef Alton Brown: How 3D-Printing Is Changing The Way We All Cook Our Food

Alton Brown, chef and host of the Food Network's “Good Eats,” talks to Marketplace Tech about the cooking technologies he’s working on in his test kitchen, and the food tech we need to start 3-D printing quiches.

6. Bubonic Plague Is Back...Small Animals In The American West

For most of us, plague is something that maybe we read about in history books. In the 14th Century, it wiped out half of Europe's population. But the bacteria is busy killing wildlife now in the American West. By studying small mammals scientists have learned that plague is far more pervasive a killer than anyone thought.

7. The $25 Computer That Will Change The World

Eben Upton, the co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, discusses how the Pi board scaled from an expected 10,000 credit-card-sized computers to 2 million in 18 months, and how it is changing the world of technology as we know it.

8. What's Creepy, Crawly And A Champion Of Neuroscience?

The new RoboRoach project allows users to influence the movements of cockroaches with a smartphone. Greg Gage of Backyard Brains says it's not brain control but more like the bridle of a horse. The RoboRoach just provides a sensation that makes the cockroach perceive an obstacle.

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