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
1:55 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Athletes don't have to be on the hot seat

Robby Genepri tried out the cool seat in Washington D.C. and is sold on it.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Slugging it out on a court that is way hotter than the actual air temperature is a set-up for heat related illness according to Dr. Brian Grawe, a UC Health sports medicine surgeon, who was the doctor for tennis players at the Western & Southern Open. Right now there are a couple of common ways for them to cool down including waiting for ball boys and girls to bring wet towels.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Brain stimulation seems to be helping stroke victims

The navigated brain stimulator can pinpoint the exact area where doctors can treat patients.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Clinical trials are underway in Cincinnati and nationwide that could prove brain stimulation is beneficial to stroke victims.

The stimulation is actually turning off a part of the brain

As confusing as it sounds, the 1 hz "stimulation" actually shuts down the side of the brain unaffected by the stroke. This is because the non-lesioned side often takes over and hinders recovery.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Mammoths & Mastodons may hold clues for distant relative elephant

Scientists are studying mammoth and mastodon teeth to better understand their ecology and the relationship to elephants.
Ann Thompson WVXU

University of Cincinnati scientists have literally drilled down through the teeth of mammoths and mastodons to discover their habits in what’s believed to be the first study of its kind in the region.

UC paleoecologist Brooke Crowley borrowed some mammoth and mastodon teeth from the Museum Center with hopes of finding out where they lived and what they ate. The specimens, very small amounts of white powder from the teeth, were eventually sent to the University of Illinois for  testing.

The process

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

Making wearable electronics commonplace

Purdue researchers used a standard sewing machine to create this new type of low-cost flexible metal interconnect for "soft" robotics and wearable electronics.
Babak Ziaie Purdue University

The market for wearable electronics could top $3 billion by 2018, according to a new report. However, Beecham Research says with better collaboration between technology companies and the fashion industry, the market could be worth $9.3 billion by 2018.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Google takes a closer look

Skybox

Peering down to earth from one satellite now and eventually 24, Google is expanding its view, and some say its influence in the universe.

In June Google bought Skybox Satellite for $500 million. Images from the high resolution satellite are updated daily and users with special software can zoom in on things like crops and construction or see how full oil containers are at a Saudi oil field.

Take a look at one such example where the Burj Khalifa skyscraper casts a shadow over Dubai.

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