technology en Data Centers in Iowa: Are the Incentives Worth It? <p>Google, Facebook and Microsoft have all made large investments to build large data center facilities in the state of Iowa. All three have also received multi-million dollar tax exemptions, rebates, and grants to entice them to come. In Part One of Iowa Public Radio’s data center series, we talked about why our state appeals to these Silicon Valley titans. Today, reporter Durrie Bouscaren visits Council Bluffs to ask, what’s in it for our state?&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 42714 at Data Centers in Iowa: Are the Incentives Worth It? Self-Driving Cars: No Longer Science Fiction <p>Decades ago, researchers dreamed about cars that could park themselves and avoid accidents. And now, it’s no longer science fiction.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, a look at the latest transportation-related news. We look at modern advances to our transportation systems, including self-driving cars, an update on the controversy surrounding traffic cameras in Iowa, the effects of cannabis on a driver, the hazards of all-terrain vehicles, and efforts by the Iowa DNR to crack down on drinking while driving on the water.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:15:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 41440 at Self-Driving Cars: No Longer Science Fiction An Annual $1 Billion Loss From Soil Erosion & What an Iowa Farmer is Doing About It <p>The spring planting season is upon us and farmers are racing to get crops in the ground.</p><p>So yesterday morning, host Ben Kieffer hopped aboard a tractor with Jim Sladek, of JCS Family Farms in Johnson County, to get his perspective on the start of a new season and the challenges he faces, including soil erosion. Jim also demonstrated the amazing amount of technology that can be used in farming today.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 19:14:38 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40331 at An Annual $1 Billion Loss From Soil Erosion & What an Iowa Farmer is Doing About It Innovative Iowa: From Travelers to a Teacher Turned Tech-Entrepreneur <p>Our area is home to a host of unique and innovative entrepreneurs.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 18:45:01 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40232 at Innovative Iowa: From Travelers to a Teacher Turned Tech-Entrepreneur Microsoft Announces $1.1 Billion Data Center in West Des Moines <p>It's official: Microsoft is behind the 1.2-million square-foot data center coming to West Des Moines.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials announced Friday that Microsoft will build a four-phase, regional data center costing a total of $1,126,218,400. Formerly known as Project </span>Alluvion<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the 154-acre site will house servers and computer equipment to operate web portal services like the Cloud and </span>XBox<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Live. Completion is expected in early 2021.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:54:19 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 39334 at Microsoft Announces $1.1 Billion Data Center in West Des Moines This Helmet Has a 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 This Helmet Has a Brain Technology and Health <p>Today, kids average six hours of screen time a day.&nbsp; According to a <a href="">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="">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 Technology and Health Iowa City's Oculus Rift <p><a href="">Fab Labs</a>, started in 2007 by MIT, aim to democratize access to tools and technology. In May, <a href="">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 Iowa City's Oculus Rift Religion in the 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 Religion in the Digital Age How the Internet Is Changing Our Brain <p>Technology, culture and economics writer Nicholas Carr’s most recent book <a href="">"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 How the Internet Is Changing Our Brain Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell <p><a href="">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 Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell Photographing the Heartland <p>For more than 50 years photographer <a href="">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="">Dennis Chamberlin</a> of Iowa State University's <a href="">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 Photographing the Heartland 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 Obamacare: Tech Glitches and Policy Creative Communities <p>Iowa's cultural and economic shift away from the family farm created <a href="">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 Creative Communities 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 News Buzz: Guns, Allergies, Cheapskates, and 'Cyence' Science Literacy in 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 Science Literacy in Iowa The Modern Workplace: Having It All And Carrying Work In 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 The Modern Workplace: Having It All And Carrying Work In Your Pocket 5 years later, Iowans learning to live with 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 5 years later, Iowans learning to live with floods 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="">Brian Mennecke </a>will explain the ways <a href="">digital advertisements</a> can "read" your face and discuss other commercial uses for facial recognition technology.&nbsp; Later <a href="">Gary Wells</a> joins the program to discuss his<a href=""> recently deve Tue, 21 May 2013 18:40:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 21120 at Facial Recognition Technology and Police Lineups 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 Tech Companies Choosing Iowa App Development In 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 App Development In Iowa Iowa's Experiment with On-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 Iowa's Experiment with On-Line Education Mourning in the Digital Age <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 Mourning in the Digital Age Being Learning Disabled in 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="">The Principal Financial Group Foundation</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="">Alliant Energy</a>.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:13:30 +0000 Rob Dillard 3041 at Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Treatment Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A 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 Could the 'Farmer of the Future' Be...A Robot? Building Computer Apps in 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 Building Computer Apps in Class Got Government Data? There's an App for That <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 Got Government Data? There's an App for That 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 Improving Science Literacy in 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