technology

Where We Live
11:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Connecticut's Space Case

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Two stories this summer have had us thinking about the stars... and a bit about our own backyard.  

The death of Neil Armstrong - the first man to walk on the moon - has made many nostalgic for a time when the American space program captured the world’s imagination.  The local connection?  

The iconic Apollo spacesuit was designed by Connecticut’s own Hamilton Standard.  That company - now Hamilton Sunstrand - just announced job cuts at its aerospace division.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:30 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

The Deep Web and Darknet

elhombredenegro

OK, type something pretty basic into Google. Pablo Picasso.  Right away you'll get services trying to sell you really crappy college papers about Pablo Picasso. You'll get Wikipedia, of course.  If you sharpen your search terms, you'll find other stuff, some of it even interesting. You might even find out he's the most stolen artist in the world with more than 1,000 pieces still missing.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:51 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Getting Lost

Jaypee (Wikimedia Commons)

Daniel Boone, the great American frontiersman, is alleged to have said, "I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks."

Most people today think they're lost if the voice on the GPS machine fades away for 15 minutes.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:11 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

U Mad? A Look At Trolls & Anonymous

It's tough to generalize about internet trolls. If there's a common denominator, it's that they thrive on attention and response. An internet troll who is not making anybody crazy is not a happy troll. 

In 2009, a troll calling himself Bob M. took up residence on the comment threads of my newspaper column. He was uncommonly vicious. He even took it upon himself to do a little research, find out that my father had died of cirrhosis and taunt me about that.  

"Maybe you'll start hitting the bottle, like daddy," he wrote.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:02 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

The Remote Control

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Cell Phone Addiction, Sugary Drinks, Nuns Behaving 'Badly' & Endorsements

Chion Wolf

What counts as a bad habit? And who should have the power to save us from one? That's a big part of our discussion today.

This week, addictions were all over the news. New Yorkers are facing a ban on sugary drinks, while California chefs repeal a foie gras ban. A Massachusetts teen is looking at a jail sentence for not being able to put down his cell phone.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:17 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Computer-Brain Interface And More ...

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The idea of putting a chip in somebody's head invariably conjures up predictable waves of paranoid notions about mind control and the New World Order. 

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Innovation
12:14 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Orphan Inventions Get New Life

Courtesy of the IP Factory

When it comes to inventing things, Connecticut still punches way above its weight. But sometimes the good ideas dreamed up here end up languishing on a shelf instead of making a difference in people’s lives. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on a new project that aims to find a home for orphan technologies.

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Technology
4:52 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

EMILY - A New Robotic Lifeguard

Hydronalix

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and a time when thousands of Connecticut sun-worshippers flock to the beach. Many will drive just over the border to enjoy Rhode Island’s coastline. And this year, they may meet EMILY, a new robotic lifeguard.

When there are powerful rip tides along the stretch of beaches at Misquamicut,  Lisa Konicki says even the strongest swimmers may panic.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:35 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Authors of Virtual Justice and Teacher at Point Blank

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Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds

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Rocky Hill
11:25 am
Mon March 5, 2012

New Leadership For Connecticut Innovations

Sujata Srinivasan

Connecticut Innovations has a new chief executive officer in charge of a potential merger and a much larger investment portfolio. Claire Leonardi spoke to WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan on how she plans to shake up the organization.

Claire Leonardi brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry to her new job as CEO of Connecticut Innovations – or CI – a state-funded organization in Rocky Hill that invests in advanced technology ventures.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:11 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Welcome To The Printed World

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What is 3-D printing? One of our guests today, Michael Weinberg explained it better than I could:

"Essentially, a 3D printer is a machine that can turn a blueprint into a physical object. Feed it a design for a wrench, and it produces a physical, working wrench. Scan a coffee mug with a 3-D scanner, send the file to the printer, and produce thousands of identical mugs."

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STEM
3:08 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

STEM Series: A Look At K-12 STEM Education

Chion Wolf

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many of the nation’s fastest-growing and highest paid jobs require training in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as the STEM fields. But in Connecticut,  an estimated 1,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because applicants lack the skills they need. 

Many middle and high school students seem to lose interest in studying STEM subjects. For our second report in a week-long series, we explore why.

16-year old Charlotte Harrison says she’s always liked math.  

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Scholarship Program
7:50 am
Tue February 7, 2012

UNH To Offer Scholarships To Magnet School Students

Diane Orson

Qualified students in a New Haven engineering and science magnet school will be able to attend the University of New Haven for half price or free, under a program announced on Monday. The goal is to encourage students to pursue serious study in the “STEM” areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Speaking at Monday’s announcement, UNH President Steven Kaplan said America is lagging behind other developed nations in math and science.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:31 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Authors of Virtual Justice, and Teacher at Point Blank

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Virtual Justice: The New Laws of Online Worlds

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Where We Live
10:33 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Cable TV

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The average cable TV subscriber pays nearly 3 times as much for cable now as they did in 2001. And the costs are going up all the time.

The cable industry says that’s because of the high cost of the programming it buys, and its need to maintain an infrastructure to bring you those 500 channels.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:34 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

In Defense Of Fixing Stuff

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This show is happening partly because my TV set broke. It was a big flat screen Samsung purchased in 2008, and it suddenly wouldn't turn on.

I asked about TV repair on Facebook and was surprised at how many people told me that nobody fixes anything anymore. So I posted again on Facebook, writing "Really, I just have to throw it out?"

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New Haven
2:59 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Click To Fix Government

From the Occupy Wall Street movement to uproar over the prolonged power outages during the October snowstorm, people’s engagement in public space is alive and growing. A New Haven-based start-up is harnessing technology to make city governments and other public entities more accountable and efficient. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan reports.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:57 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

All Tech (Problems) Considered

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I have a problem.

The computer that was the home base for my iTunes has died, so the only place my iTunes exist is on my iPod.

If you tell me I should have backed up my iTunes, I will hit you. I googled this whole problem and learned that solutions do exist. I tried one of them and was too stupid to be able to make it work.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:29 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

The Pledge, Powerball, Political Drama, Siri, & Horse Meat

Chion Wolf, respres, smiely, mike licht, wikimedia

The Pledge of Allegiance is a 20th century creature. It was written at the end of the 19th century by a Christian socialist minister as part of a general push toward American nationalism, with special regard for the flag. I find people all the time who think  it dates back to the founding of the United States. The phrase "under God" was added in the 1950s. There are all kinds of stores about how and why that happened. I think it's fair to sum it up as kind of a Cold War thing. The Soviets were godless. We weren't.

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Education
10:23 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Technical High School Builds Lab For Green Trades

Nancy Eve Cohen

Connecticut’s Technical High School System is building energy-efficient buildings that will serve as laboratories for students to learn about green technology. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the first one opened this week

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:02 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Scary, Scary Internet Regulations

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If I told you last week that in response to political protest, a government shut down cell phone service, you would have thought I meant maybe Syria. 

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Where We Live
10:47 am
Thu August 4, 2011

The Media Fast

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TwitterGoogleFacebookGmailGchatFlickerLinkediniPhoneiPad....ahhhhergh!  I think it might be time for a break. This week, we've been talking about technology and the internet, and how we consume it.  But what happens when it consumes us?

Tom Cooper’s Fast Media/Media Fast looks at “how to clear your mind and invigorate your life in an age of media overload.” But is this actually possible in this media saturated world?

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Media Fast
11:14 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day Three

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WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of Where We Live.  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Media Fast
11:14 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day Two

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WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of Where We Live.  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Media Fast
10:46 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Media Fast: Day One

Rachel Chapman

WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Media Fast
8:08 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Do Children Get the Short End of the Stick?

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WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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Media Fast
7:53 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Facebook, Twitter

Rachel Chapman

WNPR & Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."  No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:37 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Technology's Inexorable Forward Momentum

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Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World
by Sam Howe Verhovek

The captivating story of the titans, engineers, and pilots who raced to design a safe and lucrative passenger jet. 

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