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 October 2, 2013

CCS aims to clean-up coal-fired emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency is working to finalize a plan that would essentially ban coal-fire power plants in their present form. New ones could not be built without having cutting-edge technology that dramatically reduces CO2. It's called carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The proposal, announced last month, by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at the National Press Club, is not expected to be a requirement for more than a year.

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UAS
7:06 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Sinclair helps make UAS case for Dayton hub

Sinclair Community College now has permission (CoA) to fly UAS (unmanned aerial systems) at the Wilmington Air Park.
Ann Thompson WVXU

By the end of the year, the Federal Aviation Administration says it will pick six sites to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The Dayton region hopes to be on the list and has taken another step to set itself apart.

On Monday Sinclair Community College announced:

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Focus on Technology
2:14 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Jumpstarting car battery research

Electric cars at a charging station

By 2015 President Obama has said he wants to have one-million plug-in electric vehicles on the road. It’s unclear if that’s going to happen. But slowly researchers are making progress in building a better battery and states are realizing the battery market is a very lucrative one.

This month Ohio State's Buckeye Bullet is trying to break the 400 mph barrier in the salt flats of Utah. It runs on lithium-ion batteries. This is an earlier video when the futuristic car was hitting speeds in the 300s.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Diagnosing illness in less than three minutes

Mechanical engineer Reg Beer (right) and electronics engineer Gary Johnson test a new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) instrument developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that can process biological samples in less than three minutes.
Jacqueline McBride/LLNL

Have you ever wanted an instant diagnosis? Medical tests can often take hours, days, or weeks to generate results. This can delay medication. Patients face this problem frequently as they wait  for tests on things like the flu and strep throat.

But there is a device developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California that is able to identify germs in less than three minutes. (expected to be on the market in about 5 years)

Watch this video to find out what it is and how it works.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

What happens to your digital life after you die?

As of August, 2013 statistics show there are more than

  • one billion people using Facebook
  • 500 million on Twitter
  • 1 billion uploading and watching YouTube videos
  • 200 million with a Pandora account
  • 238 million on LinkedIn.

Those numbers are increasing daily and so is your data. CEO and founder of LifeCellar.com Stephen Bulfer estimates we will each create 88 gigabytes of data by age 75. According to Digital Beyond bloggers John Romano and Evan Carroll  

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