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.

Having a smart phone, a tablet, an e-reader and more costs a lot of money and it’s more than just the purchase price. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how to stay connected and stay within your budget.

Our friends at the Cincinnati Zoo aren’t only into protecting and preserving animals; they are also into doing the same thing for plants. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on efforts to save endangered plant species by using test tube reproduction.

First and second year engineering students often feel isolated when doing their complicated homework. The University of Cincinnati has a high-tech solution to get them together as Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology.

Navy amphibious vehicles will soon be faster, more agile and better able to carry larger payloads for longer distances. That’s because two University of Dayton researchers are redesigning them as Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology.

A zero-emission bus is on a cross country tour, stopping off in Cincinnati to demonstrate its super green features. Take a test drive with Ann Thompson in this week’s Focus on Technology.

Robot Medics Research

Sep 14, 2012

Injured U.S. soldiers on the battlefield may eventually be helped by robots. Vision recognition technology developed by University of Dayton researchers would help the robots seek out and find soldiers in need of medical care.  Ann Thompson reports in this week's Focus on Technology.

You’ve probably heard of STEM curriculum: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But have you heard of STEAM2? The Lakota School District has taken STEM one step further to prepare students for projected job openings by adding Applied Arts and Medical.  Ann Thompson reports about this enhanced approach in Focus on Technology.

Smale Riverfront Park

Aug 31, 2012
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Behind all the fountains and splash pools at Cincinnati’s Smale Riverfront Park, there is underground technology that saves energy and water. Take a tour with Ann Thompson in Focus on Technology.

Ann Thompson’s Focus on Technology reports researchers are developing tissue chips that accurately model human organs, such as the lungs, liver and heart. As a result, scientists at Cincinnati Children’s and others may be able to test new drugs faster, safer, and more cost effectively than present methods.

Brain Tsunami

Aug 12, 2012

The silence of a brain tsunami is chilling. This short circuiting inside the brain can cause extensive damage. Now, scientists are on a path of figuring out how to stop it, as Ann Thompson reports in Focus on Technology.

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