Focus on Technology

Wednesday afternoons during Cincinnati Edition, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Ann Thompson reports on the latest trends in technology and their effects on medicine, safety, the environment or entertainment.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cincinnati Library's 3-D printer churning out models

Library patron Randall Bolton checks out the new 3D printer.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Just three weeks into the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's first 3D printer and patrons have designed, copied and printed plenty.

The fifth-generation MakerBot is in the Tech Center on the second floor of the downtown library. It's available by reservation by the hour. Right now, while in beta testing, it is free.

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Focus on Technology
2:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

UC professor's cold hard facts about glaciers

Mt. Everst north face towards base camp. Professor Owen has studied Tibet and the Himalayas, nearly one-third the size of the contiguous 48 U.S. states.
Wikipedia

Lewis Owen, head of the University of Cincinnati's geology department, deals in very small quantities.

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.

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.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Someday your smartphone could be smarter than you

Someday smartphones will immediately identify objects in a camera's field of view, overlaying lines of text that describe items in the environment.
Purdue University

In a perfect world, your smartphone would automatically tag whatever it sees through the camera's field of view. This could be helpful when using Google Glass, facial recognition systems, robotic cars and more.

Big powerful computers can do it already with something called deep learning. It requires layers of neural networks that mimic how the human brain processes information. A Purdue University researcher is working on it for smartphones and mobile devices

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Using GPS to fix a heart problem

During diagnosis and repair of the heart's electrical system, doctors see this when using a non-radiation mapping system instead of traditional X-rays.
Ann Thompson WVXU

When diagnosing and repairing the heart's electrical system, doctors often have to use lots of radiation to pinpoint the problem. It's not uncommon for the patient to experience 50 minutes or more of radiation thanks to X-rays, CAT scans and nuclear stress tests.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Making a fast track to Mars

Former astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz is developing a rocket that can get to Mars in 39 days.
Ad Astra Rocket

Right now traveling to Mars would be a full-time commitment. Astronauts would be cooped up in a rocket for seven months and if they were able to take enough fuel to get back to earth, they would have to wait another two years before the planets would be close enough again. During this time their bone densities would greatly decrease and crumble once back on earth.

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