Focus on Technology http://wvxu.org en Using dying heartbeats to make music http://wvxu.org/post/using-dying-heartbeats-make-music <p><a href="http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/default/" target="_blank">Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center</a> emphasizes<strong> it's not for everyone,</strong> but a few families are taking advantage of a new way to remember their critically ill children.</p><p>Music therapist Brian Schreck&nbsp; records the child's heartbeat and uses it as a metronome or drumbeat while he mixes it with songs that are important to the patient or the family.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbTrbySS3fU">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbTrbySS3fU</a></p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ann Thompson 28749 at http://wvxu.org Using dying heartbeats to make music New UD lab proves this is not your grandfather's radar http://wvxu.org/post/new-ud-lab-proves-not-your-grandfathers-radar <p>The University of Dayton's new <a href="http://www.udayton.edu/engineering/radarlab/index.php#1" target="_blank">Mumma Radar Laboratory</a> opened, not with bangs, but with lots of blips.</p><p>The state-of-the-art facility, in Kettering Laboratories, contains perhaps the most precise radars in the world, accurate to 1/10th of a micron or within a fraction of a human hair. They also don't take a lot of power. Lab Director Dr. Michael Wicks says they only need the power equivalent to 1/100th of a Christmas tree bulb.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Ann Thompson 28075 at http://wvxu.org New UD lab proves this is not your grandfather's radar Smart people come together to slow down puberty http://wvxu.org/post/smart-people-come-together-slow-down-puberty <p>Why are girls hitting puberty earlier.<a href="http://wvxu.org/post/obesity-main-contributor-early-onset-puberty" target="_blank"> Last fall Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers blamed obesity.</a> Are there other causes? At the time, Children's lead investigator <a href="http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/bio/b/frank-biro/" target="_blank">Dr. Frank Biro</a> said environmental and physiological factors also play a role.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:45:42 +0000 Ann Thompson 27843 at http://wvxu.org Smart people come together to slow down puberty Online program keeps parents, schools, businesses in the loop http://wvxu.org/post/online-program-keeps-parents-schools-businesses-loop <p><a href="http://www.foresthills.edu/school_home.aspx?schoolid=3" target="_blank">Nagel Middle School </a>teacher Cortney Van Ausdal wanted to teach her 8<sup>th</sup> graders about personal checking and savings accounts. Who could she get from the community to come in and talk?</p><p>Tweeting or posting on Facebook may get a response but would it be the right person? Would that person be local and would they get back to Cortney in a timely manner? So she turned to a<strong> new online engagement platform called<a href="http://cerkl.com/" target="_blank"> Cerkl. </a></strong></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:45:34 +0000 Ann Thompson 27463 at http://wvxu.org Online program keeps parents, schools, businesses in the loop UC professor's cold hard facts about glaciers http://wvxu.org/post/uc-professors-cold-hard-facts-about-glaciers <p></p><p>Lewis Owen, head of the University of Cincinnati's geology department, deals in very small quantities.</p><p>He shows off what important stuff is left of one sample he brought home from the Himalayas. “That’s a little steel disk and on it is just a little smear of sand grains," Owen said.</p><p>With the samples he brings home, Owen is trying to map where glaciers used to be , where they've moved and how climate change will affect the world’s future. For a quarter century The University of Cincinnati professor has been making trips to China, Tibet, India and Pakistan.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 18:21:03 +0000 Ann Thompson 27015 at http://wvxu.org UC professor's cold hard facts about glaciers