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
5:31 am
Fri June 14, 2013

How close are drones to gathering news?

Camcopter S100

The Federal Aviation Administration has started writing licensing and safety regulations regarding using unmanned air vehicles (UAV’s) for alternate purposes, such as newsgathering, by 2015. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how these drones may eliminate the need for TV news helicopters.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Identifying and treating violent teens

Teens in a new study are getting an fMRI at the UC Center for Imaging Research to determine problem areas in the brain
WVXU

Part of the President’s plan to reduce gun violence focuses on increased mental health services. Ann Thompson, in “Focus on Technology,” reports on Cincinnati efforts to be pro-active, involving a predictive spit test and photographing the brain.

Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri May 31, 2013

3D Laser Scanner aids crash investigators

Cincinnati Police Officer Steven Fox demonstrates the Sokkia Total Station.
WVXU

The faster police clear an accident, the faster you can get moving again. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on new tools increasing the speed and accuracy of documenting police reports.

Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Fighting bed bugs on a molecular level

Bed bug samples in Regina Baucom's lab.
UC

There is disagreement over whether Cincinnati has made much progress in its fight against bed bugs. It still shows up among the top U.S. cities for the bloodsucking arthropods. Right now heat is the most effective way to get rid of them. Chemical treatments are another option. But one University of Cincinnati professor has a possible futuristic solution. Regina Baucom looks to hurt them on a molecular level. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Brains to boost battery power

A lithium-ion battery

The rush is on for a better battery that will be smaller, hold more power, and charge faster. The Department of Energy announced a new partnership with this challenge: Invent batteries that are five times more powerful and one fifth the price in just five years. The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research or JCESR will gather brain power from five national labs, five universities and industry. Ann Thompson, in "Focus on Technology," reports on what kind of battery you can expect in electronic devices and cars and when.

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