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May 01, 2013

Itty-Bitty Technology; Big Potential

Think about the size of a lady bug. Now, think 1,000 times smaller than that, and we’re talking about the size of a red blood cell. Go another 1,000 times smaller, and that’s how big a nanometer is. What can you do with something that small? We’ll find out this hour on Focus.

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April 12, 2013

Gardening Technology

What color is your thumb…green or black? This hour on Focus, we talked with Eduardo Torrealba who has been working on a project to help you if you answered “black” and Sandy Mason, UI extension horticulture expert. 

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December 11, 2012

Computers, Tablets and More

Jim Eyrich of the University of Illinois and Bobbi Hardy from CITES join us. Jim works for the National Center for Supercomputering Applications and Bobbi is a User Services Specialist at the CITES Help Desk. Whether you’re looking for a new computer or tablet, have questions about online security, or need some troubleshooting advice, they’re happy to help.


November 05, 2012

The Future of the Publishing Industry: Print, Digital or Both?

According to the Association of American Publishers, last year, for the first time, e-books garnered more revenue than any other format of adult fiction. Overall, net sales revenue for electronic books more than doubled in 2011 compared to 2010, and there’s every reason to believe that transition will continue here in 2012 and beyond.

Meanwhile, the industry has felt the effects of the bankruptcy and closures of Borders stores nationwide, another signal of a rapidly changing industry.

As more people download novels to their Kindles and Nooks, what’s to become of the publishing industry? Could we see a day when actual physical books are no longer printed? Is what’s happening with the newspaper and magazine industries a harbinger of things to come for books?


September 10, 2012

Can Technology Serve Social Justice?

Virginia Eubanks, Department of Women’s Studies at the University at Albany, author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age

Host: Craig Cohen

As the online world developed in the 1990s, so did a belief that such technology, if distributed evenly across communities, could be a vehicle for social equality – that if everyone had the same access to the same information, it would put everyone on an equal footing.

Virginia Eubanks believed that, and saw the web as that great equalizer, and a fundamental social justice issue in American cities. She built her career around the idea. By the early 2000s, she concluded she was wrong. We’ll welcome your questions for Virginia Eubanks, author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Digital Age. Eubanks will present a free lecture on this topic at the Champaign Public Library on Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30 p.m. (That event is sponsored by the proposed Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School for Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois).


July 16, 2012

Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired--and Secretive--Company Really Works

Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Magazine

Host: David Inge

Apple is the richest company in the world. Apple is also one of the world’s most secretive companies. By all accounts it’s not a very nice place to work. As journalist Adam Lashinsky says, employees are expected to follow orders, not offer opinions. At the same time, Apple employees are very loyal, and the company has done very well. It’s the richest company in the world. What is the secret to Apple’s success? And should others take it as a model? We’ll explore these and other questions as we talk with the author of the book "Inside Apple."

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, March 05, 2012, 11 am


June 20, 2012

Nanoscience and Technology

Guests: Irfan S. Ahmad, Ph.D., and Yi Lu, Ph.D.

Many scientists believe that nanotechnology, a field that involves engineering on a very small scale, has great potential to change both our economy and the way we live.  At the nanoscale, materials we know well can have very different properties, making them valuable for a wide range of products. We’ll look at recent developments in this field here at the University of Illinois. We’ll have two guests, Irfan Ahmad, associate director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and Yi Lu, professor of chemistry.

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