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Aug 23, 2014 — Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
Aug 23, 2014 — Researchers say they've produced octopus-inspired materials that can sense color and change accordingly. NPR's Scott Simon talks to John Rogers, professor of engineering at the University of Illinois.
Aug 22, 2014 — Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.
Aug 22, 2014 — The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey's photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by anyone else — because it wasn't taken by a human.
Aug 21, 2014 — Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.
 
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Naturalist Curt Stager, co-host of Natural Selections and author of Deep Future, shares long-term perspectives on environmental change, past, present, and future.

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Todd Moe talks with investigators about how volunteers help study these colorful insects and their habitats. Photos by Vici & Steve Diehl.

North Country Consortium Puts Technology Into Schools and Libraries

Five years ago, with help from a federal grant, the North Country Consortium began installing new computers and Internet access in more than a dozen schools and libraries in Jefferson and Lewis counties. This year, the Consortium received the final portion of the million-dollar grant. As Jody Tosti reports, the money will provide training to help teachers and librarians make the most of the new technology.  Go to full article

Job Skills: Math, Science and Computer Literacy

Literacy is the ability to read and write at a certain level of proficiency. But, increasingly it has become common to attach the word to the subjects of math, science and even computers. As our series on literacy in the North Country concludes today, we look at how employers are coping with the increasing demands for a more technologically skilled workforce and how the gap in skills affects the northern New York economy. Jody Tosti has our story.

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Narural Selections: Meteors

What can you tell about meteors from how they look? Find out what they're made of with Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager.  Go to full article

Physicians Say Global Warming Threatens Public Health

Some physicians are concerned about the United States not attending the final talks on the Kyoto Protocol on global warming held in early November. The physicians say global...  Go to full article

School Finds New Way to Recycle Tires

Great Lakes residents use more than two million tires a year, and many of them end up in a landfill. But one Illinois school has found an unusual way to use some of those...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Gemstones

What is it about diamonds and other jewels that make them so special? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about gemstones.  Go to full article

Visitors: Carolyn Raffenberger, "Precautionary" Environmentalist

David Sommerstein talks to Carolyn Raffenberger about the "precautionary principle". It says we should look into environmental and health effects before we leap into advances...  Go to full article

Don't Applaud?Just Throw Rotten Tomatoes

From designing a better can opener to building more fuel efficient cars, engineering takes the theories of science and applies them to real life. But teachers of engineering...  Go to full article

EPA Rethinks Post-Terror Removal of Environmental Data from Websites

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, the federal government has been re-thinking its website policies. Anything that the government feels could be used by...  Go to full article

Canada Will not Require Labeling for Genetically-Modified Foods

The Canadian Parliament has voted down a bill that would have required labeling for genetically modified foods. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

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