technology http://iowapublicradio.org en This Helmet Has a Brain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/helmet-has-brain <p>The brain on this helmet is designed with the idea of protecting <em>your </em>brain from a concussion. Built into it is what amounts to a small computer. &nbsp;It was designed and programmed by an Iowa student. &nbsp;</p><p>Different LEDs light up depending on how hard the helmet is getting jostled. This project is one of many that students might get involved in through The Big Ideas Group, which is an optional education program through the Cedar Rapids School&nbsp;District.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:06:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 38630 at http://iowapublicradio.org This Helmet Has a Brain Technology and Health http://iowapublicradio.org/post/technology-and-health <p>Today, kids average six hours of screen time a day.&nbsp; According to a <a href="http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1852609">new study</a> published in JAMA Pediatrics, children whose parents limit screen time get more sleep, do better in school, have fewer behavior problems and lower their risk of obesity.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/faculty/dgentile/">Doug Gentile</a>, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, discusses the reverse results on the studies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:12:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38452 at http://iowapublicradio.org Technology and Health Iowa City's Oculus Rift http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-citys-oculus-rift <p><a href="http://www.fabfoundation.org/fab-labs/">Fab Labs</a>, started in 2007 by MIT, aim to democratize access to tools and technology. In May, <a href="http://www.thesteamroom.org/">The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab</a>, will open on the eastside of Iowa City.&nbsp; S.T.E.A.M Room Director of Operations Kirk Cheyeny says visitors will have access, "To any tool you need to build anything that you want."</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:25:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38271 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa City's Oculus Rift Religion in the Digital Age http://iowapublicradio.org/post/religion-digital-age <p>The internet has changed how we find information, get news, connect with friends, and for many people it also has changed the experience with faith and religion. &nbsp;Guests include Elizabeth Drescher from Santa Clara University, L. Edward Philips from Emory University, and author, editor, and lecturer Phyllis Tickle.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:58:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 36249 at http://iowapublicradio.org Religion in the Digital Age How the Internet Is Changing Our Brain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-internet-changing-our-brain <p>Technology, culture and economics writer Nicholas Carr’s most recent book <a href="http://www.theshallowsbook.com/nicholascarr/Nicholas_Carrs_The_Shallows.html">"The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains"</a> was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee. He speaks with host Ben Kieffer about why he doesn't have a smartphone and how the internet is changing our society.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:56:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35786 at http://iowapublicradio.org How the Internet Is Changing Our Brain Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell http://iowapublicradio.org/post/former-senate-majority-lead-george-mitchell <p><a href="http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=m000811">Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell</a> has made a career out of crafting compromise. First in the U.S. Senate, then later brokering peace in Northern Ireland, and finally tackling peace in the Middle East.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Mitchell about Syria and Iran. He’ll also share his views on what is driving the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35785 at http://iowapublicradio.org Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell Photographing the Heartland http://iowapublicradio.org/post/photographing-heartland <p>For more than 50 years photographer <a href="http://www.davidplowden.com">David Plowden</a> has been capturing images of American and the land he loves most is here in the Midwest. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Plowden about his latest book "Heartland: The Plains and the Prairie."&nbsp;</p><p>Also, <a href="http://www.dennischamberlin.com/">Dennis Chamberlin</a> of Iowa State University's <a href="http://www.jlmc.iastate.edu/">Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication </a>discusses how the field of photojournalism is changing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:33:59 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 31734 at http://iowapublicradio.org Photographing the Heartland Obamacare: Tech Glitches and Policy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obamacare-tech-glitches-and-policy <p>Join host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;to e<span style="line-height: 1.5;">xamine the technical issues surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and answer questions about the law itself, including its requirements and the process of enrolling in the health insurance exchanges online.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:33:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 30974 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obamacare: Tech Glitches and Policy Creative Communities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/creative-communities <p>Iowa's cultural and economic shift away from the family farm created <a href="http://www.uiowa.edu/~ican/Papers%202006/braindrain122806.pdf">serious problems</a> for the state.&nbsp; It has also created opportunities for reinvention and creativity.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:39:40 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 30966 at http://iowapublicradio.org Creative Communities News Buzz: Guns, Allergies, Cheapskates, and 'Cyence' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-guns-allergies-cheapskates-and-cyence <p>This River to River includes discussion about gun laws in Iowa, high pollen counts and allergies, an Iowan who was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities, ISU has a new very fast computer, hot weather, a holiday weekend State Park preview, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Des Moines and Cedar&nbsp;Rapids are supposedly good places for frugal living.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:10:04 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 28356 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Guns, Allergies, Cheapskates, and 'Cyence' Science Literacy in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/science-literacy-iowa <p>Does drinking coffee prevent dementia? Will diet soda give you cancer?&nbsp; Science and health reporting is often misleading and confusing. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:51:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 27903 at http://iowapublicradio.org Science Literacy in Iowa The Modern Workplace: Having It All And Carrying Work In Your Pocket http://iowapublicradio.org/post/modern-workplace-having-it-all-and-carrying-work-your-pocket <p>Technology has made it possible for many of us to work from anywhere, but technology has also made it seem necessary for some of us to work all the time and everywhere. The proliferation of laptops over the last twenty years sparked the telecommuting revolution and gave us the catchphrase flex time.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:37:48 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Charity Nebbe 23405 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Modern Workplace: Having It All And Carrying Work In Your Pocket 5 years later, Iowans learning to live with floods http://iowapublicradio.org/post/5-years-later-iowans-learning-live-floods <p>It has been five years since the floods of 2008. Now, a week after another round of flooding in Eastern Iowa, IPR’s Durrie Bouscaren looks at how many Iowans are adapting to changing times.</p><p></p><p></p><p>More than a thousand runners participated in “Run the Flood,” an annual race through Cedar Rapids to commemorate the anniversary of a flood that would change the landscape of many Iowa cities and towns. Carmen Covington says she participates every year.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:39:51 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 22309 at http://iowapublicradio.org 5 years later, Iowans learning to live with floods Facial Recognition Technology and Police Lineups http://iowapublicradio.org/post/facial-recognition-technology-and-police-lineups <p>Facial recognition technology is increasing becoming a part of life, but how is this technology being used and how much is too much?&nbsp; <a href="http://www.educause.edu/members/brian-mennecke">Brian Mennecke </a>will explain the ways <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/05/08/facialrecognition">digital advertisements</a> can "read" your face and discuss other commercial uses for facial recognition technology.&nbsp; Later <a href="http://wells.socialpsychology.org/">Gary Wells</a> joins the program to discuss his<a href="http://www.las.iastate.edu/150/wells.shtml"> recently deve Tue, 21 May 2013 18:40:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 21120 at http://iowapublicradio.org Facial Recognition Technology and Police Lineups Tech Companies Choosing Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tech-companies-choosing-iowa <p></p><div>This week, the social networking site Facebook announced plans to build a $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, IA. &nbsp;On the same day, Google announced a $400 million expansion to its data facility in Council Bluffs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Iowa has a growing tech industry. &nbsp;What makes Iowa an attractive place for companies like Google and Facebook? &nbsp;Also, hear about our homegrown technology companies like INVOLTA.</div><div></div><p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:16:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer 19836 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tech Companies Choosing Iowa App Development In Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/app-development-iowa <p>When smartphones were introduced, not many people knew how to navigate a mobile app…but several years later, we go through each day using multiple apps, often several at once. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer checks in with app developers across the state, to find out how Iowans are using applications on their devices, and what apps we can expect in the near future.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:31:12 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer 19782 at http://iowapublicradio.org App Development In Iowa Iowa's Experiment with On-Line Education http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-experiment-line-education <p></p><p>Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Dean Borg 19461 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Experiment with On-Line Education Mourning in the Digital Age http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mourning-digital-age-0 <p>Former Paullina, Iowa resident Kenneth Weishuhn committed suicide earlier this year after being bullied as a result of his sexuality. Brynn Bilou, a 12-year-old from Canada, created a memorial page without ever knowing Kenneth.</p><p>A lot of us live much of our lives online, and online communities are also becoming an important part of death. On today's "Talk of Iowa", we find out about an online community for people who have lost a loved one, how funeral homes are embracing technology, and life after death on Facebook.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:27:53 +0000 Charity Nebbe 14233 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mourning in the Digital Age Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Treatment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-learning-disabled-iowa-treatment <p>A variety of teaching approaches are employed to help people who have trouble reading, writing or comprehending. Some of the pioneering research in the field took place at the University of Iowa.</p><p><em>Being in Iowa</em> is funded in part by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.principal.com/">The Principal Financial Group Foundation</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://alliantenergy.com/index.htm">Alliant Energy</a>.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:13:30 +0000 Rob Dillard 3041 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Treatment Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/could-farmer-future-bea-robot <p>There&rsquo;s always work to be done on the farm, but often it&rsquo;s the same work day, after day, after day. Parts of the job must feel a bit like an assembly line.</p><p>While it&rsquo;s impossible to automate farming like many manufacturers have automated their assembly lines, using robotic technology on the farm might not be so far off.</p><p>The biological and agricultural engineering robotics team at Kansas State University knows a thing or two about agricultural robots. They&rsquo;ve won national robotics competitions in each of the last five years.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:27:55 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 1988 at http://iowapublicradio.org Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot? Building Computer Apps in Class http://iowapublicradio.org/post/building-computer-apps-class <p>Not long ago, the word &#39;app&#39; was unfamiliar to many. Today, many of us would be lost without our favorite mobile software applications. We&#39;ll examine a class at the University of Iowa focused on building computer apps. Among Ben&#39;s guests- UI Computer Science Professors Ted Herman and Jim Cremer.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 18:11:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer 1012 at http://iowapublicradio.org Building Computer Apps in Class Got Government Data? There's an App for That http://iowapublicradio.org/post/got-government-data-theres-app <p>You might have heard about the Drake Relays this weekend. Turns out there was another kind of relay going on - a race to make phone and computer applications - using government data.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:36:56 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 710 at http://iowapublicradio.org Got Government Data? There's an App for That 2011 Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/2011-nobel-laureate-dan-shechtman <p>Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Professor Dan Shechtman.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll hear the story behind his discovery of a type of crystal so unusual at the time that it upended the scientific world and about his reaction to the moment he was given the news of his Nobel Prize.&nbsp; Dan Shechtman is a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, a research scientist for the U.S. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 193 at http://iowapublicradio.org Improving Science Literacy in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/improving-science-literacy-iowa <p>Rapid advances in science and technology have created a need for bright young scientists in the U.S., scientists who often come from other countries. On today&#39;s Talk of Iowa, we&#39;ll find out about efforts to ignite a passion for science in Iowa&rsquo;s kids. Charity speaks with Dr. Charles Miller about his efforts to start the Iowa Space Science Center and Brent Studer, who teaches astronomy at Kirkwood Community College.</p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 66 at http://iowapublicradio.org