FROM Steve Lohr
Smart Fabrics Imagine if your shirt could cool or warm you depending on the temperature. Or if it could tell if you’re having a heart attack and call an ambulance. Hi-tech clothes -- fabrics embedded with sensors and GPS -- could be on shelves soon. The first Smart Fabrics Summit is taking place in Washington today. We hear the details.
Will Big Data and Big Money Mean Big Trouble? The so-called "Year of Big Data" has produced uses and potential abuses of gathering more information than anyone ever imagined before. What is this a vast, new industry? What are the benefits and the dangers, especially to consumers who use the Internet?
Will Big Data and Big Money Mean Big Trouble? Big Data -- the accumulation of massive amounts of information just for its own sake -- is the revenge of the nerds, a booming generator of money and power. New kinds of faster, cheaper hardware and software are providing a level of data never imagined before, including facts about human behavior. If that means more efficient sales of products to people want them, does it also mean identify theft and credit card fraud? If consumers are worried, why do they pour their personal data into Facebook and Twitter? What are the broader applications of Big Data?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.