Small Business
2:13 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mobile Devices Cause Headaches for Small Employers

No matter the industry, small companies are more dependent than ever on their computer networks. And it turns out those networks are more at risk than ever – because of the explosion of personal wireless. 

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2:13 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mobile Devices Cause Headaches for Small Employers

No matter the industry, small companies are more dependent than ever on their computer networks. And it turns out those networks are more at risk than ever – because of the explosion of personal wireless. WNPR’s Harriet Jones explains.


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Small Business
7:36 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Game Xchange Owner Named Connecticut Small Business Person Of The Year By SBA

J Holt

Businessman Chris Runyan isn't one to follow a trend. In an online, downloadable world, he's built a successful brick and mortar business. And, in a time when companies are moving out of state, he relocated from Arkansas to Connecticut to do it. WNPR's J Holt met him.

When Chris Runyan moved to Connecticut in 2009, he came with the intention to start his own business.

Runyan- "My goal was to get 6 stores on the ground in 3 years." 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:33 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Live At Watkinson School: Future So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades

Chion Wolf

Today's New York Times features an article about brain-computer interface which is speeding along faster than you might think. Your long wait for the ability to be able to move things -- well, certain things -- with your thoughts is basically over. 

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9:38 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Companies Learn to Blend Physical and Virtual Commerce

The debate over the Amazon tax seemed to put e-commerce giants on one side of a bright line, and brick and mortar businesses on the other. But the fact is that the distinctions between real and virtual businesses aren't so clearly defined.


Manufacturing might seem to you and me to be the ultimate brick and mortar business. It's an industry where you make things you can drop on your toe in a building you can walk into. Not so, says David Drake.


"All the commerce I do is done electronically."


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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

'Destination Mars' - Frontier Journeys To The Red Planet

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The good news about Mars? It has sunlight, carbon, water, and nitrogen. On a good day, it's only 35.8 million miles away. True that good day is July 27, 2018, but still, it beats trying to reach the closest other Earth-like planet which is 70 trillion miles away.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Millennials Are Social, Capable, And Confident (Really.)

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Let's define our term. Millennials are the generation currently between the ages of 18 and 30. They are often mocked for being soft, cosseted, narcissistic smart phone addicts. And worse. And part of the issue is that it's just fun to talk about them that way.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Future of Stem Cells

Idaho National Laboratory on Flickr Creative Commons

Stem cells are the Wild West of biomedicine.

  The commercially run SpaceX Dragon capsule just delivered mouse stem cells to the International Space Station, part of an experiment to see how long periods in space affect living organisms.

  In Scotland, researchers are attempting to make blobs of stem cells in a three-d printer.

  And in Italy, terminally ill patients are being given an untested, unproven and theoretically risky stem cell treatment over the protests of scientists.

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Social Media
4:58 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

After rape, cyberbullying allegations in Torrington, calls for a national conversation

After allegations of statutory rape and cyberbullying surfaced in Torrington last week, online activists across the country are pushing for a national conversation on rape and sexual culture. But teenagers in Torrington continue to post mean-spirited comments and pictures online in support of the alleged perpetrators.

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Social Media
4:49 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Cyberbullying follows allegations of rape in Torrington

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Psst Psst, I Have A Secret

ElizaC3 on Flickr Creative Commons

In one sense, personal secrets are a modern invention.

 It's at least true that in small village life, keeping secrets is difficult. And for the working class in crowded cities, secrets may have seemed like a luxury as well.

 Of course, today, we may be going back in that old direction. We live in digital tenements, crammed cheek to jowl on Facebook where information is difficult to control. What you may regard as a shameful secret, your friend or sibling may regard as a hilarious shareable tidbit.

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5:58 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Mercy High School Tech Tigers

J Holt

Over 50,000 students world wide will participate in the First Robotics Competition this year, and forty five teams are based here in Connecticut. WNPR's J Holt brings us the story of one of those teams.

In early January, teams of students gathered in high school auditoriums nationwide, for the kick off of an annual competition geared toward engaging young people with science and technology. 

MC- "So who's excited for the 2013 game?"

Crowd- "WOOHOOO!"

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Connecticut Legislature
8:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Violent Video Games Get Public Hearing

woodleywonderworks (Flickr Creative Commons)

The state legislature is mulling over a host of bills in response to the Newtown tragedy. Most concern gun policy, or mental health care but yesterday, the Children's Committee heard public testimony on three bills addressing violent video games.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Big Data Is Taking Over, Here's Why Intuition Still Matters

Flickr Creative Commons, Brett Jordan

You have probably heard the phrase Big Data, but do you know what it means? Ninety-nine percent of people who like poodles, coconut water, needlecraft do not know what Big Data is. And that may include me, even though I only like one of those things.

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Where We Live
10:56 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Journalism On (And In) The Tech World

Simon Q (Flickr Creative Commons)

New York Times reporter John Broder got the kind of assignment that’s pretty sweet in these days of high-profile “tech” reporting - a road trip in a Tesla “model S” electric car.

His article - drawn from his experience of running out of battery power in the cold temperatures here in Connecticut - suggested that Tesla’s vision of the great American road trip “needs some work.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk snapped back - calling the article a “fake.”

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12:42 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

iPhone App Teaches Users How To Create Rain Gardens

Ricky Romero (Flickr Creative Commons)

The University of Connecticut has launched its first smartphone application for public use. The app, for iPhones, teaches users how to create a rain garden. It's had more than 700 downloads in two weeks.

A rain garden collects stormwater runoff, a concept that originated in Maryland as part of an effort to preserve the Chesapeake Bay.

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Where We Live
10:58 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Connecticut Startup Culture

Chion Wolf

It’s been a little over a year since Governor Dannel Malloy announced Startup Connecticut - an effort to support entrepreneurship in the state. The idea is to create an “innovation ecosystem” to grow the economy. The state is setting up four innovation hubs.  

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Interstellar Travel

Temari 09, Flickr Creative Commons

When you think of all the things here on the ground that don't work right, the notion that we should consider traveling to other stars seems a little crazy.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:41 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

The Life & Legacy Of Aaron Swartz

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Last Friday a young man named Aaron Swartz hanged himself.

Most of us had never heard of him but in the upper echelons of the digital community, he was a legend, having helped develop the software for RSS feeds when he was 14 and having helped create the site Reddit a few years later.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:07 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The Gaussian Blurred Line Of Photoshop In Advertising

If you feel some vague, latent sense of dissatisfaction with the way all the people around you look, it's possible that you're an unwitting victim of a culture in which digital technology allows for an unprecedented level of retouching, and airbrushing, and actual physical distortion of the human body.


In a way, it's profoundly egalitarian. You may not need large breasts and a tiny waist to be a magazine model -- or even a movie star.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:23 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

How Correspondence Provides A Window Into The Past, Present, & Future Of Literature

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Today we're exploring the past present and future of literature, and we're using the notion of correspondence as a throughline. 

We start with Daniel Mendelsohn who began, at age 15, writing letters to novelist Mary Renault.

 The letters, recounted in a recent New Yorker essay, spanned years and half a continent and form a stately gavotte about gay identity, the Graeco Roman world and the writer's life.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:17 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

The Vast World Of Video Games

JD Hancock on Flickr: Creative Commons.

Highly publicized mass killings are usually done by young men.

And when reporters and investigators start nosing around, they often find that the young man in question played video games.

 But that's because almost all young men play video games.

 In fact, video games are a little bit like guns: there are so many of them out there already that it might make more sense to talk about how to live with them than about getting rid of certain kinds of them.

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The Faith Middleton Show
5:24 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices

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If you've ever read a book on an e-reader, unleashed your inner rock star playing Guitar Hero, built a robot with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a vehicle with child-safe air bags, then you've experienced first hand just a few of the astounding innovations that have come out of the MIT Media Lab over the past 25 years. We'll look at the transformative innovations that these digital magicians have up their sleeves for the coming years with Frank Moss, author of The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:46 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Instagram The World: What Cell Phone Photography Says About Us

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Here is Instagram by the numbers:

The number you're mostly likely to know is $1 billion, which is what Facebook paid to buy Instagram, a photo-sharing phone application.

Instagram has 30 million registered users.

Those users have uploaded over 1 billion photos.

The current rate is 5 million photos per day.

Instagram users click "like"  575 times per second.

During storm Sandy, Instagram users uploaded storm related pictures at a rate of ten per second.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:34 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

I Love My Robot!


In the book "Love and Sex With Robots, writer David Levy lays out the case that: "love with robots will be as normal as love with other humans, while the number of sexual acts and lovemaking positions commonly practiced between humans will be extended, as robots teach more than is in all of the world’s published sex manuals combined.”

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Modern Technology
1:51 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Buoys in Long Island Sound Measured Sandy's Significant Wind Speed and Direction

UConn Department of Marine Sciences

Hours before Connecticut started to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy, a network of buoys in Long Island Sound were measuring the wind speed and potential storm surge. Joining us by phone is James O'Donnell, a marine sciences and physics professor at UConn's Avery Point campus, and oversees the Long Island Sound Integrated Coastal Observing System. LISICOS operates four buoys throughout the Sound, all providing data to the NOAA forecasting system in real time, about every 15 minutes.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:54 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Is 2012 The 'Trending On Twitter' Campaign?

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Here are some things that are happening in the Connecticut races. 

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Where We Live
11:14 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Fast-Growing Companies

Chion Wolf

We recently learned about the 40 “fastest-growing” tech companies in the state. The list includes bio-science, IT, manufacturing, and green technology firms. Matt Nemerson of the Connecticut Technology Council says the list is a kind of guide to a new economy for the state.

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Where We Live
2:40 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Middletown Gets Remixed

Jason D. Neely

We're surrounded by cool technology. Skype allows us to talk to people on the other side of the world. We have iPods that let us carry thousands of songs in our pocket.

But how about an iPhone app that lets you record the sounds of your hometown, then remix them into a unique audio portrait? That’s the idea behind Middletown Remix a project that running from now until May at Wesleyan University and the town it calls home.

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