Technology & Digital Life

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:02 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Our Robot Servants


Industrial robots are big machines capable of merciless speed and power. In a recent report in Time, a robot "grabbed and pushed" a man against a metal plate at a Volkswagen production plant, crushing him.

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TED Radio Hour
9:30 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Can Limited Resources Lead To Better Innovation?

"When you put a limitation on resources, you remove the limitation on creativity because necessity is the mother of invention."--Navi Radjou
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 12:59 pm

Part 5 of TED Radio Hour episode Finite.

About Navi Radjou's TED Talk

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. While researching emerging markets, he realized that creativity might be the most precious renewable resource.

About Navi Radjou

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5:22 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Emmy Nominations For 'Transparent,' Tatiana Maslany Showcase New Talent

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 6:56 am

If there is one complaint which has dogged the Emmy awards year after year, it is the repetition of beloved series and performers, time and again, as nominees and winners.

But all that bad buzz went out the window when nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday, revealing a roster of nominees with more new faces and new shows than the contest has featured in quite a long while.

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5:01 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Pittsburgh Officials Announce Shut Down Of Large Cybercrime Network

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 2:16 pm

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Malware And Hacking Forum Darkode Is Shut Down; Dozens Arrested

The Darkode malware forum was replaced by an image announcing its seizure by authorities Wednesday.
Justice Department

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:36 am

Announcing an international takedown of a malware marketplace, federal officials say that the forum called Darkode has been dismantled and dozens of its members have been arrested. Darkode has been a marketplace to purchase and trade hacking tools since at least 2008.

Investigators say that while the forum's existence was widely known, they hadn't been able to penetrate it until recently. Darkode operated under password protections and required referrals to join. On Wednesday, the site consisted of an image saying that it had been seized by authorities.

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All Tech Considered
10:46 am
Wed July 15, 2015

3 Emerging Themes From #RaceOnTech

Mary McLain NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 9:45 am

We know that women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields — that's science, technology, engineering and math. Now dip into #RaceOnTech to find out why. Since Monday, entrepreneurs, scientists, computer scientists and coders from Silicon Valley to Greenbelt, Md., have been sharing their thoughts one tweet at a time.

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Shots - Health News
7:33 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Biohackers Aim To Make Homebrew Insulin, But Don't Try It Yet

Glowing bacteria is part of a project on the open-source laboratory Arcturus BioCloud.
Courtesy of Arcturus BioCloud

Might people with diabetes someday be able to brew their own insulin for free at home, just as with beer? The answer may be yes, but whether it's a good idea is another question.

The home-brewed insulin concept is among the latest to emerge from the bio-hacking movement, in which people meet to tinker with biology in inexpensive do-it-yourself laboratories that have popped up in California, New York and a few other places in the United States and Europe.

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4:57 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Wal-Mart Challenges Amazon 'Prime Day' With Rival Sale

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:50 am

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Shots - Health News
4:10 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Early Push To Require The HPV Vaccine May Have Backfired

HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer and other cancers by fending off the virus that causes them. But it's been a tough sell with doctors and parents.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 3:26 pm

Nine years after it was first approved in June 2006, the HPV vaccine has had a far more sluggish entree into medical practice than other vaccines at a similar point in their history, according to a report in Tuesday's JAMA.

This might not surprise those who remember the early days of the human papillomavirus vaccine, which was targeted at girls aged 11 and 12 to prevent a sexually transmitted infection that causes cancer — but which opponents quickly branded as a vaccine that would promote teenage promiscuity.

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7:03 am
Tue July 14, 2015

New Student Loans For A New For-Profit Education Sector

President Obama tours the Louisville-based tech company Indatus with Indatus president Philip Hawkins (left).
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 2:53 pm

Coder boot camps. Accelerated learning programs. New economy skills training.

Whatever you call them, these new players in higher education are multiplying. The intensive programs say they can teach job-ready skills in technology, design and related fields. In record time.

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