Topic: Technology

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Current Event June 25, 2014

How Dangerous are Threatening Statements on Facebook?

Technology Psychology

The Supreme Court is weighing in on threats posted on Facebook. So far courts have ruled threatening statements made on Facebook, including death threats, are true threats and punishable. Facebook says that they’re looking for conflict resolution strategies instead of always going straight to the authorities when they spot threats. Listen to this audio story to learn about threat made on social media.

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More moms share baby photos on social media  changing moms' identities

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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Journalists increasingly using drones to get a sneak peak at a story

Current Event May 15, 2014

Journalists Increasingly Using Drones to Get a Sneak Peek at a Story

Civics/Government Technology Journalism

Drones are not just for military use anymore. They are being used by journalists to report stories. But this is raising some privacy concerns.

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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

Technology Health 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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