technology http://wkar.org en Ag Expo focuses on education, technology http://wkar.org/post/ag-expo-focuses-education-technology <p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:07:02 +0000 Scott Pohl 56917 at http://wkar.org Ag Expo focuses on education, technology Michigan roads: Is the solution in the asphalt? http://wkar.org/post/michigan-roads-solution-asphalt <p></p><p></p><p>The $1-billion road funding package that Michigan lawmakers have been struggling to pass in the final days of the session failed to achieve consensus last night. As of this morning, the <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/default.html" target="_blank">Michigan Senate</a> will have just a few hours to try to cobble together&nbsp; a plan to raise the revenue to fix the state’s roads. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:10:17 +0000 Kevin Lavery 55091 at http://wkar.org Michigan roads: Is the solution in the asphalt? Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime http://wkar.org/post/volunteers-enlisted-protect-state-cybercrime <p></p><p></p><p>Anyone who ever uses a computer gets hit now and then with e-mail spam or the occasional computer virus. Many are just minor hassles that try to derail our plans, but some do cause significant damage. Now imagine how often large companies and government agencies get hacked by those seeking to inflict harm. To address this, the state of Michigan is creating an all volunteer defense team, the <a href="http://www.micybercorps.org/" target="_blank">Cyber Civilian Corps</a>. Wed, 28 May 2014 16:19:58 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 54356 at http://wkar.org Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime Net neutrality debate: Will the way we use the internet change? http://wkar.org/post/net-neutrality-debate-will-way-we-use-internet-change <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>There has been a lot of recent buzz around the idea of net neutrality and how it will affect people’s everyday use of the internet. Net neutrality is the debate over free use of the internet and has been going on for several years now. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:22:08 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 54149 at http://wkar.org Net neutrality debate: Will the way we use the internet change? Ann Arbor emerging as global leader in connected vehicle technology http://wkar.org/post/ann-arbor-emerging-global-leader-connected-vehicle-technology <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15;">If you were a fan of the 1980’s TV show “Knight Rider,” you’ll remember actor David </span>Hasselhoff<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.15;"> riding around in a modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that could talk, fly and even scan other vehicles. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:00:45 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 52682 at http://wkar.org Ann Arbor emerging as global leader in connected vehicle technology MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world http://wkar.org/post/msu-students-work-make-clean-water-more-accessible-developing-world <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Earlier this year, <em>Current State </em>welcomed John Barrie from the <a href="http://apptechdesign.org/">Appropriate Technology Collaborative</a> to Studio S. He explained that the collaborative &nbsp;creates new technologies to improve the quality of life in developing countries worldwide. The organization also collaborates with universities.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> This year, a team of <a href="https://www.egr.msu.edu/">Michigan State Engineering</a> students worked to build a </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">water purification system for low income countries. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:56:09 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 52384 at http://wkar.org MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world For Golden Anniversary, Abrams reassembles original star projector http://wkar.org/post/golden-anniversary-abrams-reassembles-original-star-projector <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6465aa36-1d63-37ab-c142-274f5efbb576" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This year MSU’s <a href="https://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/">Abrams Planetarium</a> is celebrating 50 years. To mark the milestone the Planetarium's original star projector is being resembled by one of the original staffers.<em> Current State’s </em>Emanuele Berry spoke with <a href="http://www.sepadomes.org/council/j_hare.shtml">John Hare</a>, who worked at Abrams nearly 50 years ago. </span> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:42:00 +0000 Current State 51512 at http://wkar.org For Golden Anniversary, Abrams reassembles original star projector MSU cybercrime expert looks at hierarchy of hackers http://wkar.org/post/msu-cybercrime-expert-looks-hierarchy-hackers <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">L<span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">ast December, some high tech grinches tried to steal Christmas for one major retailer. Computer hackers broke into the Target Corporation mainframe and downloaded some 40-million credit card numbers. &nbsp;<a href="https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/payment-card-issue-FAQ">The breach</a> was executed despite the fact that Target had installed malware detection software months before.</span> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:47:57 +0000 Kevin Lavery 50938 at http://wkar.org MSU cybercrime expert looks at hierarchy of hackers MSU breaks ground on historic FRIB project http://wkar.org/post/msu-breaks-ground-historic-frib-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is a big day at Michigan State University for one of the biggest projects in mid-Michigan. A host of dignitaries are formally breaking ground at the </span><a href="http://frib.msu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Facility for Rare Isotope Beams</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, commonly known as </span>FRIB<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:59:20 +0000 Kevin Lavery 50769 at http://wkar.org MSU breaks ground on historic FRIB project Looking at Google Glass through the eyes of an early user http://wkar.org/post/looking-google-glass-through-eyes-early-user <p></p><p>One of the newest gadgets that is fascinating and disturbing to people is the <a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/">Google Glass</a>. You wear it on your face like a pair of glasses, and you’re able to get information, take pictures, and all kinds of things, mostly through voice and touch commands. Google has asked people to become “Explorers,” to get feedback on the product, and we found one right here in Lansing. <a href="http://aribadler.wordpress.com/">Ari Adler</a> is the Michigan House GOP press secretary, and also a Google Glass Explorer.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:30:46 +0000 Current State 49810 at http://wkar.org Looking at Google Glass through the eyes of an early user Survey finds Americans' interest in science remains strong http://wkar.org/post/survey-finds-americans-interest-science-remains-strong <p></p><p>Despite all those studies that show America’s education system lagging further behind in the world, it turns out all is not lost when it comes our collective knowledge about science and technology.</p><p>A portion of a big national survey released late last week measured the public perceptions of science and technology and compared the data to similar studies around the world.&nbsp; The results show that while Americans, like much of the rest of the world, still have some basic things to learn, there is a keen interest in the latest scientific and technological discoveries. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:33:04 +0000 Current State 49624 at http://wkar.org Survey finds Americans' interest in science remains strong Creatives invited to Lansing's Maker Space http://wkar.org/post/creatives-invited-lansings-maker-space <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>After months of planning and work, the <a href="http://www.lansingmakersnetwork.org/">Lansing Makers’ Network</a> marks its official Grand Opening tomorrow.&nbsp;&nbsp; The group’s shared work space near downtown offers members a unique chance to use dozens of tools and resources. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:22:14 +0000 Current State 45355 at http://wkar.org Creatives invited to Lansing's Maker Space Women in STEM fields look to increase their ranks http://wkar.org/post/women-stem-fields-look-increase-their-ranks <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>This fall, Michigan State University&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.egr.msu.edu/"> College of Engineering</a> enrolled some 1,300 freshmen.&nbsp; More than 200 of those students are women. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:31:40 +0000 Current State 43853 at http://wkar.org Women in STEM fields look to increase their ranks Michigan hackfest turns state data into useful apps http://wkar.org/post/michigan-hackfest-turns-state-data-useful-apps <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>An event this weekend in Detroit bills itself as &ldquo;a three-day hackfest aimed at building great apps for the State of Michigan.&rdquo;&nbsp; The term &ldquo;hackfest&rdquo; may conjure up some negative connotations.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s real name &ndash;&ldquo;<a href="http://www.codemichigan.com/">Code Michigan</a>&rdquo; -- is a chance for techno geeks to unite for a noble cause. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:15:16 +0000 Current State 43304 at http://wkar.org Michigan hackfest turns state data into useful apps How should we deal with increasing electronic waste? http://wkar.org/post/how-should-we-deal-increasing-electronic-waste <p>As new consumer technology becomes more rapidly available, unwanted electronics are building up in America's landfills. Jim Grandholm, founder of Michigan-based <a href="http://www.greenearth1.com/">Green Earth Electronics Recycling,</a> discusses how these items become e-waste and how they can be safely disposed of or donated.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:56:45 +0000 Current State 39216 at http://wkar.org How should we deal with increasing electronic waste? 3D printing at the forefront of technology http://wkar.org/post/3d-printing-forefront-technology <p></p><p></p><p>3D printing was in the news recently when a Texas group called <a href="http://defdist.org/">Defense Distributed</a> posted instructions on its website for printing a functional plastic handgun using a 3D printer. Although the State Department had the group remove the postings, the story brought 3D printing to the headlines.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:46:18 +0000 Current State 37715 at http://wkar.org 3D printing at the forefront of technology MSU research on cyberbullying shows signs for concern http://wkar.org/post/msu-research-cyberbullying-shows-signs-concern <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8483315973736297" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Bullying isn't just happening the the schoolyard anymore. In the age of technology, online aggression is everywhere.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Two recent reports by MSU professors focus on the world of cyberbullying.</span><br /> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:43:11 +0000 Mark Bashore 31153 at http://wkar.org MSU research on cyberbullying shows signs for concern ‘E-Pathways’ Designed to Close Lansing Area I-T Workforce Gap http://wkar.org/post/e-pathways-designed-close-lansing-area-i-t-workforce-gap <p>Despite the noticeable strengths of Lansing’s economy, a number of employers struggle with a shortage of qualified I-T workers. Employers and job-seekers alike are hoping a new, multi-million dollar skills initiative—E-Pathways--will help close the gap.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 15492 at http://wkar.org ‘E-Pathways’ Designed to Close Lansing Area I-T Workforce Gap Prima Civitas Launches Ultra-High Speed Internet Effort http://wkar.org/post/prima-civitas-launches-ultra-high-speed-internet-effort <p>An East Lansing-based economic development agency is coordinating an effort to spread the use of ultra-high speed internet in the area.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:02:43 +0000 Mark Bashore 13256 at http://wkar.org Prima Civitas Launches Ultra-High Speed Internet Effort