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
1:00 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Are you an extreme Christmas decorator?

Carson Williams' house in 2004 decorated with 16,000 lights. Eventually his Youtube video went viral and ended up in a Miller Lite commercial.

Greater Cincinnati got its first taste of "extreme Christmas decorators" in 2004 when Carson Williams synced his 16,000 lights to music in Mason.

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Focus on Technology
1:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

From fit bands to Googling gloves: cool tech gifts

Credit Consumer Electronics Association

Want to wrap your Christmas gift and New Year's resolution into one? Try a device that keeps track of your every waking (and sleeping) moment. The Fitbit Force and its competing brands, count your steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes. It also monitors how long and how well you sleep and syncs it with your computer and smartphone.

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Focus on Technology
1:00 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The science behind Elvis and the polar bears

This is one of 14,000 polar bear fecal samples from around North America and housed at the Cincinnati Zoo. It's hoped information from the fecal matter will lead to greater understanding of polar bear reproduction.
Emily Wendler WVXU

You might have heard about the polar bear poop sniffing dog Elvis who tries to determine which polar bears are pregnant, as reported by WVXU in this story. Here he is in suburban Kansas City taking a whiff of each sample and sitting when there is an indication of a pregnancy.

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Focus on Technology
2:50 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Excitement over seeing eye glasses & other tech for the blind

Scientist Stephen Hicks developed the glasses that use two cameras in combination with an infrared projector to detect objects.

Technology is leveling the playing field for the blind. A British researcher, Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford, has invented a pair of glasses that act like a movie screen.

This BBC video shows how the glasses will work.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UC students help track nuclear material

Dr. Henry Spitz: UC professor of nuclear and radiological engineering discusses nuclear forensics with students.
Ann Thompson WVXU

International nuclear weapons inspectors are preparing to get a closer look at two Iranian facilities long suspected of having the capability of producing nuclear weapons. An agreement worked out Monday, with the International Atomic Energy Agency, failed to gain access to one of the most controversial sites, the Parchin military site, southwest of Tehran. The New York Times reports:

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