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Field Notes From Oso
7:04 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Landslide Recovery Specialist Hopes To Use Drones In Future Rescue Operations

Volunteer Merry Killinger learns from Stacy Noland how to document rescue and recovery efforts in Oso, Wash.
Courtesy of Stacy Noland

Stacy Noland deployed to Oso, Wash., with the Global Disaster Innovation Group Field Innovation Team three days after the fatal landslide there. Noland has worked in rescue and recovery operations following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the 2011 Joplin tornado, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. His role at the debris pile was to figure out how to make rescue and recovery most efficient. We asked what he has learned so far.

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Author Interview
12:56 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Don’t Curb Your Creativity: Author Illuminates Limits Of The App Generation

Are we having fun yet?
Credit Flickr Photo/Beth Jusino (CC-BY-NC)

I begin and end my days with technology.

My iPhone alarm goes off, I check the news and email, I stream the radio, I surf the web by day, and I fall asleep to the sound of my white noise app.

Are people like me just modern, or are we app-dependent?

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Technology
3:04 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Homeless In San Francisco? There's An App For That

Homeless people camp in front of an out of business Trader Vic's restaurant on January 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California. An new app connects homeless people in the city -- many of whom have mobile phones -- to services, such as shelters and food. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:26 pm

Homeless men and women in San Francisco have a new way of finding services such as food and shelter.

It’s an app — Link-SF — that links homeless people to available shelter, food, medical supplies, a place to bathe or use the computer.

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Technology
11:05 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Weaned On Youth, Silicon Valley Keeps Older Workers On Sidelines

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:46 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish and now to All Tech Considered.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

CORNISH: Botox, plastic surgeries, an obsession with youth. We're not talking about Hollywood. That's the new culture of Silicon Valley, according to writer Noam Scheiber. His article for the New Republic is titled "The Brutal Ageism of Tech." And it describes how the infusion of power and money in Silicon Valley has sidelined older workers.

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Tech Entrepreneur
3:46 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Meet Seattle's New Startup Liaison: Rebecca Lovell

Flickr Photo/craterdweller (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Rebecca Lovell, City of Seattle's new Startup Liaison, about her goals for Seattle's tech community.

Game Conference
9:07 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Sony Steps Into Virtual Reality With 'Project Morpheus'

Marcus Ingvarsson (right) tests out the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus in a demo area at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 11:52 am

All this week the video game industry has been gathered in San Francisco for the annual Game Developers Conference. It's where the wizards behind the games — the artists, programmers, writers and the companies they work for — meet to talk, hold panels, pick each other's brains and show off their latest creations.

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Science & Technology
3:20 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Seattle Mini Maker Faire To Showcase Wacky Inventions

Seattle Mini Maker Faire in 2013.
Flickr Photo/majorbonnet (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Christin Boyd, founder and organizer of the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, about the "Maker Movement" and what we can expect to see this weekend at the the third annual event.

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire takes place at the EMP Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 22-23.

Author Interview
3:15 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

How Private Funding For Science Is A Dangerous Trend

Philip Mirowski's book, "Science Mart."

David Hyde talks with Philip Mirowski, author of "Science Mart: Privatizing American Science," about why he thinks the move to privately funded science is undermining the quality of the research.

"The types of science that are being done are changing, and the way in which science is being done is changing," Mirowski said. "In fact, the quality of some of the science is being affected by it too."

Science & Technology
2:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

A Tour Of The Intellectual Ventures Lab In Bellevue

Pablos Holman is an inventor and futurist at Intellectual Ventures. Behind him are boxes of mosquitoes destined to be targets for the laser mosquito zapper.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds goes on a tour of the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory in Bellevue with inventor and futurist Pablos Holman.

Holman's team projects include a laser that can quickly detect if a person has malaria, a cooler that can keep vaccines from going bad and the high tech kitchen — more like a science lab actually — used to produce Nathan Myrhvold's 51 pound, multi-volume "Modernist Cuisine" books.

Writing On A Cloud
7:42 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Weekly Innovation: Paper Notebooks That Become Digital Files

Mod Notebooks sell for $25 each, which includes a prepaid envelope and digitization.
Courtesy of Mod Notebooks

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 9:14 am

Each week, we highlight an innovation you might not have heard of yet. This week's innovation is a twist on something invented thousands of years ago: paper.

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Epidemiological Modeling
2:58 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Improving The Battle Against Infectious Diseases

Researcher Philip Eckhoff leads the epidemiological modeling project at Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with researcher Philip Eckhoff about using computer modeling to foil infectious diseases like malaria, polio and HIV. Eckhoff is the principal investigator for the epidemiological modeling project at Intellectual Ventures' Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue.

25th Anniversary
2:53 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Local Seniors Share How They Use The World Wide Web

Flickr Photo/Ken Russell (CC BY-NC-ND)

As part of our week-long series on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, The Record takes a trip to the Ballard Senior Center to learn how senior citizens are using the web today.

We hear from Stan Steenrod, Katherine Quackenbush, Robert Brumfield, Ruth Higgins, Stephen Sill, Betty Aman and Claire Anderson.

Internet Memories
4:19 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Listeners Reflect As World Wide Web Turns 25

Flickr Photo/Will Clayton (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman and Steve Scher take calls from listeners as they recount their early Internet memories in celebration of the World Wide Web's 25th birthday.

Fraud Watch
3:35 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

What Makes Us Vulnerable To Internet Scams?

Flickr Photo/Bogdan Zaharie (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Doug Shadel, fraud expert and director of AARP Washington, about whom con artists are targeting and how to avoid falling victim to Internet scams.

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Technology
3:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Life Without Reliable Internet Access

Flickr Photo/Steve Rhode (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Steve McCullough, superintendent of Curlew School District, about the lack of adequate Internet access in the small, northeastern Washington town.

About 200 students attend the school, which houses the classrooms from preschool through high school. McCullough also serves as the school's principal. The district is currently the only place with the fastest and most reliable Internet access in town.

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