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Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings
People often do what their neighbors do. A firm decided to get more people to sign up for retirement plans by telling employees how many of their coworkers had signed up. We examine happened next.
Remembering When Driverless Elevators Drew Skepticism
These days, the idea of a driverless car makes a lot of people nervous. Our "Planet Money" team goes back in time when automatic elevators made people just as worrisome.
In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars
Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?
To Get Big Rig Drivers, Senate Bill Would Give Keys To Teens
Some trucking companies are having trouble finding enough interstate drivers. They say cutting the minimum driving age from 21 to 18 is a fix, but critics worry such a move would be a safety disaster.
Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games
The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.
Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs
Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell's profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.
Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics
Either China or Kazakhstan will be chosen on Friday as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. European nations have been scared off by the cost of hosting the event, but China has the ambition and the money to match.
Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.
Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'
It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).
Justice Dept. Hires Compliance Expert In Fight Against Corporate Crime
The department says the new expert will play a big role in determining whether businesses targeted for prosecution have engaged in systemic misconduct or whether the criminal activity is limited.
3 U.Va. Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Over Rape Article
News of the lawsuit by former Phi Kappa Psi members comes along with word that Rolling Stone's managing editor, Will Dana, has resigned.
Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?
Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Whet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset
The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.
Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels
Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.
Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner
A source tells NPR a piece of wing found on an island appears to be from a large passenger plane. Other media say sources link it to a Boeing 777 like the Malaysian jet that disappeared last year.