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Q&A: Never Alone Brings Alaska Native Culture to Life

Posted August 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Never Alone traces its roots to a native Alaskan tale of an Inupiaq village besieged by an unrelenting blizzard – until a young hero comes to its rescue. The idea surfaced while Alaska’s Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), which provides social, educational and employment services in the Cook Inlet region, evaluated new revenue sources, fresh […]

Tech Sightings, August 20, 2014

Posted August 20th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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BrightSource Solar Plant Sets Birds on Fire Federal investigators are urging a California company to put on hold its plans to expand an energy plant that concentrates solar energy to produce steam after watching birds caught between the plant’s mirrors and boilers ignite in mid air – on an average of one every two minutes. […]

Tech Sightings, August 19, 2014

Posted August 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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The Neuroscience-y Reason You Can’t Spot Your Own Typos Wondering why you missed that last typo? A University of Sheffield psychologist told Wired that people reading their own stuff look for meaning rather than the details that convey it. New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play There’s always something that needs doing in […]

Tech Sightings, August 7, 2014

Posted August 7th, 2014 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Can an African Virtual SIM Gamble Pay Off? The New Delhi-based Bharti Airtel, in a deal with UK-based Movirtu, hopes  to do away with handsets, which are often shared among family members in Africa. Using a technology called Movirtu Share, Airtel hopes that the shared family phone could benefit from its virtual SIM, which allows […]

Tech Sightings, August 5, 2014

Posted August 5th, 2014 at 2:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Google Removes ‘Bomb Gaza’ Game from App Store An Android game called Bomb Gaza that let players use F16 fighters to “drop bombs and avoid killing civilians” in Gaza has been removed from the Google Play store in response to a public outcry. The game, which was downloaded up to 1,000 times since July 29, […]

Tech Sightings, July 17, 2014

Posted July 17th, 2014 at 2:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Africa’s Inventors Struggle to Protect Patents Hampered by Africa’s long, expensive patent registration process and weak court system, many  inventors are working covertly to protect their ideas from copycats. Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science U.S. universities that have seen women making a comeback in the fields of science and technology […]

Tech Sightings, June 19, 2014

Posted June 19th, 2014 at 2:09 pm (UTC-4)
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Five World Cup Innovations You Might Have Missed You think you know everything about World Cup technologies? Think again! $50 million Google Coding Initiative Targets Girls Made with Code is a $50 million Google initiative that aims to attract more girls to coding and show that coding in today’s high-tech world is vital. China Cuts […]

Tech Sightings, March 25, 2014

Posted March 25th, 2014 at 2:47 pm (UTC-4)
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UN Highlights Value of Biogas from Wastewater The UN’s latest World Water Development Report released for World Water Day highlights biogas generation from wastewater as a promising technology to provide energy in developing countries, particularly in warm climates in Asia and Africa. Twitter Ban Sparks ‘Arms Race’ With Tech Savvy Turks Turks are exploring more […]

Tech Sightings, March 19, 2014

Posted March 19th, 2014 at 2:20 pm (UTC-4)
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New Research Claims Microsoft’s Bing Censors More Heavily Within China Than Baidu GreatFire, a Chinese Web monitoring service, has again raised objections that Microsoft’s Bing heavily censors within China, even more than domestic search engine Baidu. Bing came under fire last month for censoring China-related information worldwide. Internet Currency Helps Kenya Build Water Wells A […]