Topic: Technology

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Current Event September 5, 2014

The Mystery of the Moving Rocks

Earth and Space Science Technology Geology

Large rocks on the desert floor in California’s Death Valley have puzzled miners and scientists for years. These heavy rocks have long winding trails in the sand behind them but no one had ever seen the rocks move. For the last 60 years scientists have searched for answers but now with the use of GPS and video cameras they have solved the mystery. Listen to this public radio story to engage your student in the mystery and the science behind the moving rocks.

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Current Event September 4, 2014

Earthquake Warning System on an App

Earth and Space Science Technology Engineering

Earthquakes cause damage and create fear and uncertainty. But a new early warning system called Shake Alert is working to mitigate both. This phone app can rapidly detect earthquakes once they have begun, giving people time to prepare. The app is in the early testing stage but it successfully gave a warning before the recent earthquake in California. Listen to this public radio story to learn more about the technology and goals behind this early warning system.

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Current Event September 3, 2014

Back to School Shopping

Economics Education Technology

This back-to-school season parents and economists alike are shocked by the costs associated with preparing students for school. Schools are increasingly asking families to buy supplies for the classroom and school, as well as personalized technology. The additional costs have some questioning whether it is reasonable. Listen to this public radio story to learn more about how families and schools are adjusting to increased technological costs.

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Current Event September 2, 2014

Helping Paralyzed People Walk

Life Science Technology Engineering

More than a quarter of a million people in the United States have spinal cord injuries, and two million are in wheelchairs. A new technology from ReWalk Robotics brings some paraplegics the possibility of walking, with the help of a motorized exoskeleton. This radio story gives an inside look at the technology and the impact it can have on the lives of its users. Listen to learn more about the successes of the product as well as current obstacles and future goals.

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China Owns Most Rare Earth Elements Used in Electronics

Technology Environment Physical Science Geology Energy

Rare earth minerals are very important to today's electronics. Your iPod, laptop, and television use them. They make electronics light so they don't need much power. But the Chinese have a lock on the production of rare earth elements and this could become a problem for the US.

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Energy in the future

Science Middle School

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Improving Battery Storage

Technology Engineering Physical Science Energy Electricity

How is energy produced? This public radio story explores the relationships between energy and power. It looks at how energy is stored in batteries. Scientists are still working on how to best contain energy to store for later.

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Current Event June 3, 2014

More Moms Share Baby Photos on Social Media, Changing Moms' Identities

Technology

New moms are using Facebook and other social media sites to share pictures of their newborns in such numbers that it is creating an all digital generation. Studies showed that moms' increased use of social media represents their struggle with a changing identity and relationship with motherhood.

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3 d printing creates affordable prosthetics

Current Event March 17, 2014

3-D Printing Creates Affordable Prosthetics

Technology Elementary Engineering

Children can outgrow prosthetics quickly and it is also very expensive. 3-D printing can be used as a replacement since printed prosthetics are cheap to produce and sizing can easily be adjusted when the printer sits at home.

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Kraft's orange cheese fraud

Current Event February 7, 2014

Kraft's Orange Cheese Fraud

Health Technology Engineering Nutrition

Kraft’s Mac and Cheese products are going through a change because parents and nutritionists believe that the food coloring caused hyper activity in children.

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Current Event January 28, 2014

Robotic Arms Change Lives

Life Science Technology Engineering

Brittle bones disease is a congenital disease that makes a person's bones extremely fragile and twisted. Currently, there is no cure — but engineering students at Rice University came together to build a robotic arm for one brittle bones patient. Listen to this story to learn how it changed the teen's life.

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Students' response to video game data tracking

Current Event November 15, 2013

Students' Response to Video Game Data Tracking

Technology Engineering

After Edward Snowden exposed the U.S government's spying activities, it is impossible to know what gets monitored and what doesn't. However, video game companies aren't hiding as we learned in this story posted last week. Video game companies are tracking players' every action to increase the addiction - so why aren't people as outraged at video game companies as they are at the government? Learn more about what third grade students think after hearing about the science behind video game addiction by listening to this story.

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The science behind video game addiction

Current Event November 1, 2013

The Science Behind Video Game Addiction

Civics/Government Technology

From the early days of Pong to the current obsession with Minecraft, the pull to video games has never wavered; if anything, it has strengthened through the targeted efforts of the video game industry. As players sit at home, researchers are gathering data about your habits and interests from each action you make in the game, so they are literally "getting into" the minds of players as well as their wallets. Listen to this story to see how they do it.

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