Celebrating The MIT Media Lab's 25th Birthday

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

In 1985, when high-tech computing meant a Commodore 128, Jerome Wiesner and Nicholas Negroponte formed the MIT Media Lab, the birthplace of innovations such as e-ink for digital readers and the technology behind the game Guitar Hero. Negroponte talks about the lab's past, present and future.

Google Isn't The First To Dream Of Robotic Cars

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

In May 1958, Popular Science published an article titled "The Car that Drives Itself: The Car in Your Future Will Be Run By Black Boxes While You Watch." Sound familiar? Harry McCracken, founder and editor of, discusses Google's self-piloted car, and dreams that came before it.

How Do Immune Cells Find Wounds?

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

Reporting in the journal Science, Paul Kubes and colleagues filmed immune cells called neutrophils finding their way to a mouse's wounded liver. The researchers wanted to understand how neutrophils locate sterile injuries when bacteria aren't around to signal the damage.


Carrying Wind Power, Underwater

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

This week, investors including Google announced a $5 billion plan to build an underwater transmission line off the East Coast. The line will tie power from offshore wind farms to the Eastern power grid. Willett Kempton, of the University of Delaware, explains the project.

The Big Job: Episode 4- "The Finalists"

October 12, 2010 2:31 pm | by ttithebigjob Videos Comments

The search for TTI's new corporate icon is almost complete, but now we need your help deciding who will be TTI's new corporate icon. Learn more about each finalist on Facebook and then - CAST YOUR VOTE!

A Fizzy Ocean May Lie Beneath Enceladus' Icy Crust

October 8, 2010 2:34 pm Podcasts Comments

The Cassini spacecraft spotted icy plumes jetting from Saturn's moon Enceladus in 2005. Now researchers say a carbonated ocean may fuel the plumes. Science News reporter Ron Cowen talks about this and other news from a meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences.

Graphene: A Sandbox For Physicists, 1 Atom Thick

October 8, 2010 2:34 pm Podcasts Comments

Two Russian scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics this week for their work on graphene, a chicken-wire-like lattice of carbon atoms. Joseph Stroscio, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, talks about why physicists are so fascinated by the material.

Few Americans Finish Their Vegetables

October 8, 2010 2:34 pm Podcasts Comments

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says two-thirds of Americans don't get the recommended two servings of fruit a day; three-quarters miss the target for vegetables. Ira Flatow and guests discuss ways Americans might be persuaded to eat more fresh produce.


Take A Spin In An Electric Car

October 8, 2010 2:34 pm Podcasts Comments

Ira Flatow took Nissan's new electric-powered Leaf for a drive around New York City. This car runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery -- no oil or gas -- and with a new battery, the car can go between 60 and 130 miles on a charge. The car is set to go into production in the next few...

Tracking The 'Truthiness' Of Tweets

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Computer scientists at Indiana University in Bloomington have developed a tool to track the flow of information in Twitter. The goal is to identify deliberately deceptive tweets, and trace them back to their origins. Researcher Johan Bollen explains how the analysis works.

Does Sleep (Or Lack Of It) Affect Weight Loss?

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that dieters' sleep duration affects weight loss. Those who slept less lost more muscle than fat, while dieters who slept more took off more fat. Sleep researcher Michael Lacey explains how sleep relates to weight.

4-H Clubs Conduct Nationwide Science Experiments

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Add an extra "H" for "hypothesis" to the head, heart, hands, and health that make up the 4-H club motto. This week, 4-H chapters across the country are taking part in science experiments that aim to teach kids in rural and urban areas about water use and carbon footprints.

A History of Space Science, In Ink

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Science Friday listener Josh Scott is on a mission: He wants to get a pictorial history of space exploration tattooed on his arm. What missions or satellites should be included? Apollo? Hubble? Call in with your suggestions and help Scott get sleeved in space science style.

M3-F customizable focus module for miniature OEM cameras

October 5, 2010 1:32 pm | by NewScaleTechnologies Videos Comments

New Scale M3-F customizable focus module provides precise lens motion in a fully integrated package for the smallest OEM cameras. It's about the same size as a fixed lens holder. M3-F modules add precision motorized focus to hand-held cameras, portable biometric systems, surveillance...

SelectConnect's Rich Macary highlights three-dimensional molded interconnects technology

October 5, 2010 1:31 pm | by MDTeditor Videos Comments

Rich Macary, General Manager of SelectConnect Technologies, shows the unique three-dimensional molded interconnect technology. This innovation enables the electronic connection to be incorporated directly onto the surface of a molded case or component. Visit...


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