Technology http://wunc.org en Gigabit Internet New To Four NC Cities http://wunc.org/post/gigabit-internet-new-four-nc-cities <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Winston-Salem have signed on to an agreement with AT&amp;T for high-speed fiber optic Internet service. The service operates at one gigabit per second, which translates to 25 song downloads per second. Still can't wrap your head around the incredible speed of fiber? Check out this video that uses water to demonstrate.</span><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IOERJ0fdUb4" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">This ultra-fast Internet service is not new everywhere in the state. The cities of Wilson and Salisbury started working on their own fiber systems years ago. That was before a </span><a href="http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&amp;BillID=H129" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">2011&nbsp;state law</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"> restricted municipalities from building publicly-owned broadband networks.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:38:22 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37631 at http://wunc.org Gigabit Internet New To Four NC Cities LISTEN: Phoebe Judge Interviews 14 Year-Old Chapel Hill Inventor, Two Patents http://wunc.org/post/listen-phoebe-judge-interviews-14-year-old-chapel-hill-inventor-two-patents <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last few years, Chase Lewis has patented two life-saving inventions, been a finalist in five national science competitions, and earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Silver Award. Oh, and he’s only 14 years old.</span></p><p>Lewis, who is homeschooled, has long been interested in science and inventions.</p><p>“My grandfather was an aeronautical physicist who worked on the Apollo program,” Lewis said. “I’ve gotten to spend some time with him, and we talk about science and inventions all the time.”</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:30:00 +0000 Nancy Wang & Phoebe Judge 36446 at http://wunc.org LISTEN: Phoebe Judge Interviews 14 Year-Old Chapel Hill Inventor, Two Patents Your Love Affair With Your Smartphone http://wunc.org/post/your-love-affair-your-smartphone <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Many people tote smartphones around all day. But what is the nature of the relationship to smartphones and how do they change the perception of reality?</span></font></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:57:02 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 34834 at http://wunc.org Your Love Affair With Your Smartphone Erika Brings Detroit Techno Sound To Asheville's Moogfest http://wunc.org/post/erika-brings-detroit-techno-sound-ashevilles-moogfest <p></p><p></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Erika Sherman</span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">was</span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">a preteen when she started running an early BBS or electronic Bulletin Board System from her bedroom. When she was 17, she received a drum machine and was invited to join the Detroit techno group, Ectomorph. Erika was a born technophile. Today, Erika performs primarily as a solo artist; she released her first solo album, Hexagon Cloud, last year. She also founded erika.net, a freeform internet radio station.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:32:11 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 34439 at http://wunc.org Erika Brings Detroit Techno Sound To Asheville's Moogfest Meet Jane Smith Patterson http://wunc.org/post/meet-jane-smith-patterson <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">For more than 40 years, </span><a href="http://www.digitallearninginstitute.org/board/jane-smith-patterson" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">Jane Smith Patterson</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"> has been paving the way for women in North Carolina politics and digital technology. After her start as a young organizer and activist in her hometown in Columbus County, North Carolina, Patterson left home for college when she was 16 years old.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:29:09 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 32973 at http://wunc.org Meet Jane Smith Patterson Have Time? You Can Help Search For Missing Airplane Online http://wunc.org/post/have-time-you-can-help-search-missing-airplane-online <p></p><p>"To map the world live is to change it live, before it's too late."</p><p>Patrick Meier is an expert in "Crisis Mapping." <a href="http://irevolution.net/2014/03/11/crowdsourcing-the-search-for-malaysia-flight-370/">He's been blogging about a unique opportunity</a> - a place where regular people can help with the search for the downed Malaysian airliner:</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:38:48 +0000 Carol Jackson 32041 at http://wunc.org Have Time? You Can Help Search For Missing Airplane Online New York Times Editor Sheds Light On Love http://wunc.org/post/new-york-times-editor-sheds-light-love <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">"<a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/features/style/fashionandstyle/columns/modernlove/">Modern Love</a>" is a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/">New York Times</a> column that features personal essays on issues of the heart. After editing submissions for a decade, Daniel Jones has read more than 50,000 intimate stories of love and loss. He compiled the wisdom of those narratives into a new book, "<a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Love-Illuminated-Daniel-Jones/?isbn=9780062211163">Love Illuminated</a>" (Harper Collins Publishers/2014) and he will speak at <a href="http://flyleafbooks.com/">Flyleaf Books</a> in Chapel Hill on March 24th at 7p.m.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:48:47 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 32012 at http://wunc.org New York Times Editor Sheds Light On Love The Triangle's Chances For Google Fiber http://wunc.org/post/triangles-chances-google-fiber <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://fiber.google.com/newcities/">Google recently announced</a> nine metro areas under consideration for its latest internet technology: Google Fiber.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:10:40 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 31232 at http://wunc.org The Triangle's Chances For Google Fiber What's It Like To Have Internet 100 Times Faster Than Broadband? http://wunc.org/post/whats-it-have-internet-100-times-faster-broadband <p></p><p>Yesterday we wrote about the possibility that <a href="https://fiber.google.com/about/">Google Fiber</a> might come to the Triangle. Google Fiber is new technology that delivers high speed Internet, 100 times faster than basic broadband. (Read our original story below for more about the announcement.)</p><p>Google Fiber first deployed in Kansas City. So we decided to call a resident and find out what it's like.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:02:08 +0000 Carol Jackson 30815 at http://wunc.org What's It Like To Have Internet 100 Times Faster Than Broadband? NCSU Researchers Find Key Ingredient For A Better Battery http://wunc.org/post/ncsu-researchers-find-key-ingredient-better-battery <p></p><p>Scientists in the Triangle might have discovered a non-flammable liquid electrolyte that could be instrumental for longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries found in cell phones, laptops, and some electric cars.</p><p></p><p>The research could also provide a solution to the recent high-profile battery fires in the Tesla Model S car, iPhones, and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:07:01 +0000 Catherine Brand 30697 at http://wunc.org NCSU Researchers Find Key Ingredient For A Better Battery