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Orchestras at the multiplex: a mixed bag.
Creativity and technology, on the stage and beyond.
Wednesday, February 9, at 8pm on WGBH 2
Wednesday night is the much-anticipated final round of the quiz show Jeopardy, in which Watson, a computer, competes against the two greatest champions in the show's history. The contest has generated a special kind of excitement at MIT.
POSTCARD FROM CAMBRIDGE
A growing number of individuals are dreaming up new possibilities for Boston’s civic data – basic streams of information on topics ranging from real-time bus data to sidewalks. They gathered for a low-key afternoon of brainstorming in Cambridge.
A South Boston woman is struggling with identity theft — and it may not have been difficult for the theives to get her information. A crop of websites are aggregating personal information and showing it to anyone who wants to see, for free.
Massachusetts companies will receive about $27 million dollars from the federal government to help improve fuel efficiency technologies for next generation cars.
We have a special remembrance of Apple's Steve Jobs in a superb WGBH interview from 1990. It's from a series called The Machine That Changed The World. In it, Jobs talks about how that revolutionary device, the Macintosh personal computer, came to be and the particular gifts of the people who made it a reality.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is about to sign a historic agreement to help establish a major university in Russia—that will anchor a planned $6.6 billion town of technology, innovation and business success. SKOLKOVO INSTITUTE: A TIMELINE
MIT, FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION
GREATER BOSTON: MANDATORY IPADS IN THE CLASSROOM
Touch-screen devices and tablets can be educational for children, experts said — but parents have to be in charge.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is teaming with a Russian government–sponsored foundation to build a world-class graduate school of technology, known as SkTech, just outside Moscow.
Many successful startups — including Rovio, creator of "Angry Birds" — had to experience a lot of failure first.
ISSUES & IDEAS
Watch at your computer on November 1 as thinkers discuss innovations and ideas worth acting on at the WGBH studios.
On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is recruiting at Harvard and MIT to tap into Boston's hot startup market — epitomized by fast-growing upstarts such as HubSpot, Gemvara, Kayak, TripAdvisor and Wayfair.
Harvard students and the media crowded around to hear Mark Zuckerberg explain his plans for Facebook — which do not involve opening a Boston office any time soon. UPDATE: Listen to his speech to students.
Wireless electricity offers the promise of a life free from the worry of losing one's phone charger — or maybe even losing power after a storm.
If XL Hybrids' new venture succeeds, anyone could turn their gas-guzzling clunker into a hybrid electric car.
WHERE WE LIVE
The amenities that have attracted biotech execs to Worcester are no accident: Starting 30 years ago, the city has been working to attract new industries. But will it be enough?
Two former Harvard University engineering students have developed a smartphone app they say could make dieting and weight loss as simple as taking a picture.
Will the new Harvard Innovation Lab, opening today, keep the next Zuck or Gates in Boston? That's the $20 million question.
AOL co-founder Steve Case has invested in a Boston startup that's created a smartphone app popular among runners.
As we become more and more dependent on technology, and companies create ever-better facsimiles of human conversation, it might be worth asking: Is this really what we want?
In this week's top life sciences and innovation news, Michael J. Fox's charity has given a local startup funding to improve Parkinson's treatment.
When you go online, do you know which eyes are watching you? Boston startup Abine is trying to give consumers more control over their personal information.
A new Boston firm has raised $34 million to develop drugs that tap into a new understanding of brown fat, a tissue that could help people burn off the more-familiar white fat.
At WGBH, even the editing boards get into the holiday spirit....
The new MITx online learning platform will offer students interactive labs, discussions and the opportunity to earn MIT credentials, provost Rafael Reif said.
They’re everywhere: stumbling on sidewalks, ambling across busy streets, even falling into fountains — the cell phone zombies. But, inevitably, there's an app to help them.
It’s beginning to look a lot like the West Coast around here as Amazon reportedly considers opening an office in Cambridge.
On this encore edition of Innovation Hub, we look at new ideas in urban education and explore the expanding horizons of educational video games.
Fewer deals, more money. That’s the takeaway from a new report on U.S. venture capital exits from 2011. Among the Boston companies that went public in that time: Zipcar, TripAdvisor and Carbonite.
A new genomics technology company in Cambridge hopes to examine the genetic makeup of plants, animals and other organisms to find hot new drugs.
With Wikipedia dark for the day as a political protest, NPR, the Washington Post and the Guardian are teaming up to answer questions tweeted with the hashtag #altwiki. What are people asking?
Paper is everywhere — in your coffeemaker, on your desk, in the recycling bin. But what if it could save lives? One Cambridge company thinks a slip of paper holds the answer to diagnosing illness cheaply, anywhere.
At the start of this week, most of us had never heard of SOPA or PIPA. But on Wednesday, everyone was talking about the online protest — and in Kendall Square, technologists approved.
We talk with the librarian who fielded your questions to #altwiki during the Great Wikipedia Blackout of Jan. 18.
How can students prepare for the world they'll face in 10 years? Xconomy asked 22 innovators as part of a new national report on the future of education.
We take a walk through Harvard's new Innovation Lab,where students and graduate students can take courses, find mentors, compete for start-up money… and work together while doing it.
An informal survey of Boston-area tech CEOs suggests that being a jerk may be much less beneficial than it used to be.
What it will take to generate the energy and fuel for a planet that just hit 7 billion and isn’t done growing? The old gas-and-coal-powered grid is changing. Germany now generates 20% renewable energy, but America has lagged — and our next guest says that’s got to change.
How can we adapt cars to a world that's rapidly industrializing, urbanizing, and straining to meet its energy needs?
While most of the tech world is analyzing Facebook’s impending IPO, a new effort at Harvard University is trying to find the next Facebook — and keep it in Cambridge.
Did the high-stress Super Bowl make your heart pound? During the game, we strapped biosensors on fans to learn about the state of mobile-phone health technology.
The Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history — but for geeks, the excitement was online, with NBC's first-ever web stream. How did the experience measure up?
With video conferencing, your competitors can be just as bored as you are: Many video conferences are susceptible to corporate spying, according to Boston software company Rapid7.
Some unexpected data came out of WGBH News' Super Bowl biosensor experiment that could advance a researcher's work on addiction.
Officials say the video game conference PAX East’s 10-year commitment to Boston could make Massachusetts the center of the rapidly growing, multi-billion-dollar gaming industry.
Fashion isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you hear “Harvard,” but Xconomy has tracked down 19 young, fashion-focused internet companies with founders from the B-school.
People are looking to libraries to respond to technology and make up for cuts in their own household budgets — and libraries are answering the call.
We’ll look at high-tech ways of getting healthy — a nutritionist in your pocket, a marathon coach on your mobile phone — and more.
Librarians are reporting dramatic increases in the numbers of people looking to borrow e-books. But some publishing houses are rethinking whether they want libraries loaning out e-books at all.
The battle for hepatitis C drug market dominance rages on locally, with Vertex honing its drug Telaprevir and Enanta teaming with Novartis to create a new treatment.
We talk to a filmmaker, a vice president at Google and a national news anchor about the future of women in business.
A Google-owned Cambridge software company will introduce a new reservation system for airlines, starting with Hyannis-based Cape Air.
New England tech startups could be instrumental in changing the way companies market their wares in a digital world, with technology to help companies get their stories out on Facebook and merge advertising with mobile apps.
You're doing it right now: You're consuming media. Some theorists say our information diet is making us bloated. Here's how they want to help us. EXTRA: What's your favorite media "junk food"?
Could your child leave his next checkup with a prescription for a video game? Akili Interactive Labs hopes its game will be the first approved by the FDA as a medical device.
We're joined by Harvard’s David Weinberger, whose book, Too Big to Know, argues that the rapidly-expanding amount of information available to us is changing how we think and communicate.
It's the biggest local deal of the year so far: Amazon has acquired a North Reading company that makes wheeled robots to move packages in warehouses efficiently.
Kibits, a new social networking mobile app, allows users to control exactly what information gets shared with whom — so your colleagues will never, ever see that vacation pic.
As 75,000 video game fans descend on the Seaport for the PAX East conference, locals say the Bay State has become a major player in the industry.
The life sciences entrepreneur is missing and presumed dead after a hiking accident in New Hampshire.
We talked with David Edwards on the mad science behind his food inventions, like inhalable chocolate and caffeine.
Innovation Hub takes a look at how social media is changing us and the world we live in. What do we share about ourselves? And what do we want to keep secret?
While most of the tech world is talking about Facebook's billion-dollar acquisition of Instagram, a couple of local startups in mobile and social apps are making some noise of their own.
Children spend more and more time punching out text messages, playing online games, and updating their Facebook pages. Is a tech takeover of the classroom inevitable?
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