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The State of Things
11:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Meet Jane Smith Patterson

Jane Smith Patterson

For more than 40 years, Jane Smith Patterson 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. 

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Have Time? You Can Help Search For Missing Airplane Online

The Tomnod interface is very easy to use
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"To map the world live is to change it live, before it's too late."

Patrick Meier is an expert in "Crisis Mapping." He's been blogging about a unique opportunity - a place where regular people can help with the search for the downed Malaysian airliner:

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Thu March 13, 2014

New York Times Editor Sheds Light On Love

Love Illuminated by Daniel Jones
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"Modern Love" is a New York Times 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, "Love Illuminated" (Harper Collins Publishers/2014) and he will speak at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on March 24th at 7p.m. 

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The State Of Things
10:10 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Triangle's Chances For Google Fiber

Google Fiber in Kansas City, MO
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Google recently announced nine metro areas under consideration for its latest internet technology: Google Fiber.

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Politics & Government
2:02 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

What's It Like To Have Internet 100 Times Faster Than Broadband?

Yesterday we wrote about the possibility that Google Fiber 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.)

Google Fiber first deployed in Kansas City. So we decided to call a resident and find out what it's like.

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Science & Technology
9:07 am
Mon February 17, 2014

NCSU Researchers Find Key Ingredient For A Better Battery

A team of NSCU researchers have found an ingredient that could make lithium ion batteries safer and last longer.
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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.

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.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

For Real Time Updates On Road Conditions, Launch App

The ReadyNC app is for Android and iPhone
Credit State of NC

There's a new app for Iphone and Android that could help North Carolinians in this week's winter weather. It's called ReadyNC.

This app does not replace 9-1-1. Rather, it's a place to look for local weather or road conditions, or to find a local shelter if needed.  The app is even designed to offer real-time flood conditions on local waterways.

The app launched not long ago, so this will be its first big test.

If you search for the app on iTunes or the Apple App Sotre, look for "ReadyNC" (No space.)

Links:

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Wed January 22, 2014

North Carolina's Innovation Economy Has A Long Way To Go

NC Department of Commerce
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  A new Report by the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Science & Technology  shows the state is a leader in innovation, but it also points out the many ways in which we need to improve. 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Will The Revolution Be Tweeted?

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Zeynep Tufekci was only 16 years old and living in her native Turkey when she became a computer programmer.

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Internet Summit 2013
6:35 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

What To Expect From Internet Summit 2013

Internet Summit 2012 in Raleigh
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The sixth annual Internet Summit is in Raleigh this week, and organizers are hoping to leave conference goers a little starstruck.

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