Science & Technology

Mark Thomas is using a pay phone, but he isn't paying. And physically, he's not even that close to the phone. He's sitting on a bench on the street in Astoria, Queens, checking email on his netbook. It's grabbing an Internet signal from a military-grade antenna on top of a pay phone down the block. "It's not the speediest but you can't complain about free, right?" Thomas says. Thomas has tracked pay phones since 1995 at his website, The Payphone Project . This payphone is part of a pilot...

Why We Must Keep Reaching For The Stars

Jul 24, 2012

Field Log, Imperial Archeological Expedition IV-V, May 21, 2750 CE: Spent the better part of the day bringing artifacts up from the mud-caves. It's hard to believe what we are finding. It's impossible really. Lifan-Alfred says she has deciphered a good portion of the documents. They speak of rockets and journeys into space. There are even detailed accounts of trips to the moon, seven of them! Some of the technology described in the documents matches closely with the artifacts we are finding....

Jesse Feiler is back in Studio A - this months topic: the latest in government apps and information .

There's enough DNA in the human body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back. But don't confuse DNA with your genes, says writer Sam Kean. "They are sort of conflated in most people's minds today but they really are distinct things," he tells Fresh Air 's Terry Gross. "Genes are like the story and DNA is the language that the story is written in." In The Violinist's Thumb , Kean goes inside our genetic code, looking at the stories written by the fundamental building blocks within us. The...

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By Joe Donahue Albany, NY Jesse Feiler joins us to talk about TweetDeck - and, as Roundtable Producer, Sarah LaDuke, uses it, she joins Joe and Jesse in studio.

By Joe Donahue Albany, NY Jesse Feiler ( North Country Consulting ) and Ryan Davis ( Blue State Digital ) join Joe to talk about the ways to effectively use Twitter at conferences and events. Huntsville, AL Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS) is a weeklong camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, that helps middle and high school students who are blind or who have low vision to learn about space and space-related technology. The students experience simulated space missions using equipment that is adapted with Braille and large print, and computer programs... Huntsville, AL Anneliese DeVyldere is an honors student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a school known for its engineering and science programs. She learned about the University while attending Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS). SCI-VIS gives participants the Space Camp experience by making space-related equipment accessible with Braille and assistive technology. Anneliese... Rochester, NY TechGirlz is a weeklong summer camp at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, NY, for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The camp uses hands-on activities to make science, technology, engineering, and math subjects fun and interesting. Students use high-tech lab equipment to solve problems, learn the... Rochester, NY Dr. Angela Lee Foreman is an assistant professor of biology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). At the TechGirlz summer camp at RIT/NTID, Dr. Foreman teaches young girls how to make an artificial lung and perform laparoscopic surgery in a bioengineering class. Dr. Foreman believes one of the most important things she teaches the campers is... Newark, NJ MIND Alliance is a program designed to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among minority students with disabilities, and helps them transition into STEM-based academic programs and careers. The program brings together the expertise and resources of two minority-serving universities: Hunter College, City University of New York in New York City and Southern... Seattle, WA Patricia Walsh is a full-time program manager at Microsoft. She runs marathons, volunteers for a number of causes, and has an active social life. However, there was a time during college when things didnt go quite so smoothly for her. Patricia struggled with her grades and confidence until she worked with Dr. John Gardner, who is known for making technology accessible to people with visual impairments.... Seattle, WA DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology), a program operated by the University of Washington in Seattle, was designed to broaden the participation of people with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. Through AccessSTEM, a project within DO-IT, the University of Washington has partnered with two local community colleges and all high schools within the... Albany, NY (1718-1799). This brilliant daughter of Italian nobility spoke five languages, wrote the first books on abstract geometry, and dreamed of being a nun. Albany, NY (1716-1774). Anna was an artist who sculpted detailed anatomical models out of wax that were used in medical schools for centuries to come. Albany, NY (1711-1778). This Italian mother of 12 became the first female professor of physics. She also successfully petitioned her university employer for more responsibility and a higher salary. Albany, NY With technology jobs continuing to grow faster than any other sector in the market, America needs to close the science gender gap to maintain our share in the burgeoning global market. The National Science Foundation reports that less than two out of every ten American scientists are women, even though women comprise 51% of the population. This gap between men and women in science, technology, math, and... Albany, NY Many top university engineering and science programs today are missing a critical component....women professors. Despite increasing numbers of women studying science and engineering, a recent study reveals that these women are not ending up in faculty positions at engineering schools. In a study released this year from the University of Oklahoma, researchers found women in the top 50 departments in... Albany, NY Information technology has become a critical part of our culture because of its ability to make all sorts of connections: between computers, information, and, most importantly, people. But in a field where the idea of the network is so important, women have for the most part yet to plug in to the most powerful collections of people. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, women... Albany, NY In March 2004, Sylvia Thomas from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and others, briefed the United Nations on Girls and Technology: New Educational Opportunities. Their testimony was intended to elevate global awareness of the need for more women in the engineering and technology fields. The U.N. briefing follows the recent Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day that was part of the... Albany, NY As part of our celebration of Womens History Month, we wanted to take a look at the current status of women in mathematics. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women who have earned at least an undergraduate degree, comprise nearly 46% of the labor force. Yet, these women make up just 26% of information technology workers, and only 24% in science and math-related occupations. And barely 10% of the... Albany, NY The American Association of University Women has published a paper called, Shortchanging girls, shortchanging America: a call to action. It shows that a girls self-esteem, confidence in their abilities, expectations for life, interest in challenging courses and rewarding careers, and pursuits in math and science decline as they get older. Further studies argue that teachers and parents can also... Albany, NY Despite the hundreds of programs and millions of dollar devoted to increasing the numbers of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), studies indicate that in many science careers, the number of women has actually stayed the same, or in a few instances, dropped. Some organizations working to increase these numbers claim they are fighting an uphill battle against mass media and hormones... Albany, NY Getting young women interested in high-technology and computer science can be a challenge. Keeping that interest through college and then on into graduate school and beyond is the goal of the Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT), the University of Maryland, Baltimore Countys (UMBC) Mentoring Program. ABC called CWIT at UMBC, ...the best resource on women and technology on the web.... Albany, NY MentorNet, is a national electronic mentoring network for undergraduate and graduate women students in engineering and science. Through its website,, the organization links students, via E-mail, with industry and research professionals. Nearly 11,000 matches have been made since 1998. This year, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, a founding member of MentorNet, far exceeded the... Albany, NY (370?-415 C.E.). Todays students can thank this 4th century mathematician for making geometry courses easier to understand. Albany, NY Dr. Karen Hitchcock is currently the Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She is the former President of The University at Albany, a research University in Upstate New York, where this story took place. Join Dr. Hitchcock for a look at how the president of a University can impact science. For more information, please visit: Albany, NY Julie Spicer England began her career with a degree in chemical engineering, but it was her grasp of the scientific process that led her to her work with Texas Instruments. England leads a team that builds the components that go inside our cell phones and cd players. England discusses the work she does, and how she combines science and communications to effectively manage her team at Texas Instruments. Albany, NY Medical researchers need tools to conduct measurement and experiments. At Agilent Technologies, Darlene Solomon leads a team of scientists that build those tools. Solomon speaks about her work at Agilent and what it takes to solve challenging problems in science and technology.