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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

UC testing water for fracking contamination

This fracking plant, Utica East Ohio Buckeye Midstream is in the midst of an expansion and close to where Amy Townsend-Small is testing water
Ohio EPA

One of the still hotly contested debates over fracking is whether the practice of extracting trapped gas underground contaminates drinking water. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using an expensive machine to determine whether, at least in eastern Ohio, any contamination is naturally occurring or from fracking.

There's no shortage of negative publicity when it comes to fracking. Take the 2010 documentary "Gasland."

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Focus on Technology
1:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

How to improve your online reputation

Pete Kistler, a former Syracuse University student, had trouble figuring out why he couldn’t land even an internship. He had a high GPA, won a couple of scholarships and started two clubs on campus. And while all his friends were getting phone calls and going out on interviews, he got nothing. Why? When he Googled his name he found out. There was a convicted sex offender with the same name.   

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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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