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Jul 30, 2014 — With a bucket for a body and foam noodles for limbs, hitchBOT is a story-telling, story-collecting, hitchhiking robot invented by two professors. And it's just embarked on a trip across Canada.
Jul 30, 2014 — Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."
Jul 30, 2014 — The company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users who loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.
Jul 29, 2014 — OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.
Jul 29, 2014 — Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.
 
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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 in science and technology.  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 often struggle to bring real-life lessons to the classroom. A class at SUNY Canton gives high school students a chance to grapple with real engineering problems, but with a seasonal twist. Students have to design and build a catapult to launch rotten tomatoes the furthest. David Sommerstein went to see the homemade catapults in action.  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

Hand-held Cell Phone Ban Takes Effect

The first in the nation ban on hand-held cell phones while driving goes into effect in New York State today. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

APA Moves Forward with Cell Tower Guidelines

The Adirondack Park Agency has voted to move forward with a new policy that will guide construction of cell phone towers. Some critics say new towers may be unnecessary. The...  Go to full article

Schools Will Have Priority for New North Fiberoptic Link

David Sommerstein reports school districts in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties will be the first customers for a fiberoptics line that will bring high speed...  Go to full article

Great Lakes "Fishcam" Gets You to the Bottom of Things

If you've ever been curious about what goes on at the bottom of the world's largest lake, you can take a look for yourself--and you don't even have to get wet.

A...  Go to full article

Clean Energy Business Park Planned

Upstate New York will soon be the home of a clean energy business park. It'll be one of the first business parks in the U.S. specifically designed for companies that develop...  Go to full article

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