Science & Technology

Science & Technology
5:15 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Local Researcher Makes Breakthrough In Concussion & Brain Injury Treatment

*Neurons are visible in red, astrocytes (caretaker cells) in green. The specimen on the right was placed in a solution with 2-methylthio-ADP, one of a class of compounds called purinergic receptor ligands. The specimen on the left was untreated.
UT Health Science Center

Dr. James Lechleiter, professor of cellular and structural biology at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, has received a patent for a discovery that could be good news for injured soldiers, athletes and other trauma victims.

Lechleiter discovered that a class of compounds actually protects neurons in the brain after a traumatic brain injury.

The research on cell and animal models has shown that two compounds stimulate the brain’s caretaker cells, called astrocytes, to do their job.

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All Tech Considered
4:52 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:09 pm

Some analysts say that Nintendo's days are numbered. Holiday sales of its new console, the Wii U, have been lackluster compared to Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.

But since Nintendo still offers some of the most popular game franchises, the love of Zelda and Mario may keep the company going for a long time.

In preparation for this story, I put out a call to talk to die-hard Nintendo fans. I was inundated with responses. Among them, Brian White, 30, grew up playing the Zelda games.

Now he's got a daughter. "We named her Zelda," he says.

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All Tech Considered
4:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Google Buys Nest, May Soon Know How Cool You Like Your Home

The Nest Learning Thermostat. The four-year-old company is now owned by Google.
Courtesy of Nest

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 7:14 pm

As further evidence that this is perhaps the year the Internet of everything really becomes a thing, Google paid $3.2 billion in cash for Nest, the home automation company that pioneered smart thermostats and lately,

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Technology
4:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

With TV And Games, Sony's Head Is In The Cloud

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 7:53 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Among the big companies spending the money to make a splash at CES was Sony. In its keynote address, Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 videogame console was beating Microsoft's Xbox One in sales. Sony claims it sold more than four million by year's end. In its own announcement, Microsoft claimed to have sold three million.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Sony also amped-up its years-old talk about transforming the living room by unveiling plans for two new Cloud-based services. One is for gaming - it's called PlayStation Now.

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Technology
4:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

At Trade Show, Microsoft's Absence Looms Large

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 7:53 pm

Microsoft did not make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014, nearly absent from the trade show for the first time in many years. Audie Cornish talks with David Linthicum, a blogger at InfoWorld, about where things stand with Microsoft.

Science
11:07 am
Mon January 13, 2014

We Have A Science Tumblr, And Its Name Is 'Skunk Bear'

Haoxiang Luo Vanderbilt University

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 12:47 pm

This week, we're launching Skunk Bear, our new science tumblr.

What will I find on this tumblr?

Cool things! Cool science things!! Stuff we make or discover on the Internet that makes us laugh, or think, or turn to each other and say, "Hey, look at this cool thing!"

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Technology
11:02 am
Mon January 13, 2014

From The Archives: 1984, The Year Of Online Shopping?

In 1984, shopping online wasn't this easy.
Guy Erwood iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 2:41 pm

Amazon.com was founded in 1994.

A decade earlier, in 1984, only 8.2 percent of households in the United States had computers, according to the U.S. Census.

But there were limited ways to shop via a computer in 1984. And Robert Krulwich, who was then NPR's business correspondent, decided he wanted to try it.

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All Tech Considered
10:28 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Soft Launching In Nine Months? You'll Need A Social Strategy

Don't Forget Buzzfeed. 34 Signs That You're Expecting ... That You're Not Expecting.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 8:07 am

Editor's Note: If you can't tell from your own Facebook or Twitter feeds, many young couples these days are sharing news of their growing families by making pregnancy announcements via social media. So our social media team's Melody Kramer decided, if you can't beat 'em, improve 'em! Here's her humorous take on how to really think through the social media strategy of the baby to be, er, "product" you're about to "launch."

Dear Jackie and Jeff,

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The Salt
10:09 am
Mon January 13, 2014

California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

This dead juvenile coho salmon was found in a tributary of California's South Fork Eel River. About 20 large-scale marijuana farms are located upstream from the watershed pictured. All of them divert water from the stream.
Courtesy Scott Bauer

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:08 pm

For many users and advocates of marijuana, the boom in the West Coast growing industry may be all good and groovy. But in California, critics say the recent explosion of the marijuana industry along the state's North Coast — a region called the "emerald triangle" — could put a permanent buzz kill on struggling salmon populations.

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Science & Technology
9:56 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Former Bexar Medical Examiner Tapped For Seat On National Commission On Forensic Science

A longtime medical examiner for Bexar County has been appointed to the newly-formed National Commission on Forensic Science.

The commission, which meets for the first time in February, was created last year to establish national standards to help assure the scientific value and accuracy of evidence in criminal cases and investigations.

Dr. Vincent DiMaio of San Antonio, who is now a consultant, said lawmakers and the president became interested in standardizing evidence after DNA evidence began to disprove convictions.

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