July 31, 2010 Even Wikileaks is unlikely to penetrate the secrecy surrounding Def Con 18. That's not some Department of Homeland Security designation; it's the 18th annual convention of hackers going on this week in Las Vegas. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Declan McCullagh, chief political correspondent and senior writer at Cnet.com, about the conference.
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Ashton Stark stands next to his 1972 Volkswagen Beetle, which he converted into an electric car.
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July 31, 2010 If the Chevy Volt's $40,000 price tag sounds a bit too steep, you could always go the do-it-yourself route of Oregon teenager Ashton Stark. He just finished a yearlong conversion of his grandfather's 1972 Volkswagen Beetle into an electric car.
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July 31, 2010 The long-term recovery of the U.S. auto industry will depend largely on American automotive creativity and innovation. Many industry watchers expect a new fleet of electric and hybrid cars to help buoy the U.S. car industry's comeback. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with Ray Wert, editor-in-chief of Jalopnik.com, about the restructured U.S. auto industry and the importance of design innovation and creativity.
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Pelicans rest on an oil retention boom near Grand Isle, La.
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July 31, 2010 For months now, local scientists have been out on Gulf waters, advising the cleanup and measuring the damage. But there is growing concern that some of the best minds are being sidelined, since they've signed on as paid consultants to BP.
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Staff members at the Army Experience Center in Philadelphia demonstrate the Humvee interactive simulator in 2009.
July 31, 2010 A controversial Army Experience Center in a Philadelphia shopping mall will soon close its doors after a two-year pilot program. With regard to its military outreach efforts, the multimillion-dollar facility has declared "mission accomplished," but critics question the Army's version of reality.
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July 30, 2010 Research in Motion plans on unveiling its own tablet computer to compete with the iPad.
When you think of Wookiees, you think of Chewy, don't you?
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July 30, 2010 Using the WikiLeaks story as inspiration, 'Star Wars' fans have been using Twitter to imagine what secrets might be leaked from the rebel forces and the Empire.
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Smart bandages, including this one from Corventis, can transmit cardiac data in real time from a patient's body to a doctor.
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July 30, 2010 A new generation of wireless medical sensors mounted on an adhesive strip can call a doctor and transmit key data when they detect a problem. But federal regulators, who want to make sure the technology is safe, have yet to iron out regulations for these devices.
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July 30, 2010 Spiders and silkworms make silk by the yard. Why can’t we copy them? Silk is strong, light and flexible and is being examined for use in everything from medical sutures to advanced electronics. Silk researcher David Kaplan explains the challenges in bioengineering silk.
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July 30, 2010 Tell Me More guest host Rebecca Roberts and Lee Hill, the program's multimedia producer, comb through listener feedback and offer important news updates to recent conversations heard on the program. Hear reaction to a recent debate over marijuana legalization and its anticipated effect on black communities in California. Also hear what New York City has agreed to pay the family of Sean Bell, the unarmed 23-year-old who was shot and killed in 2006 after police fired 50 bullets into his car.
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The question is: How much in taxes should the city get if you book this online?
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July 30, 2010 Online travel companies such as Orbitz and Expedia don't believe they need to collect taxes on the full amount they charge for hotel rooms. This has led to a big lobbying fight in Congress and dozens of lawsuits nationwide.
July 30, 2010 Microsoft is pulling the plug Friday on a program that paid people to use its Bing search engine. The company said it did not see the broad adoption of the search engine that it had hoped for.
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July 29, 2010 WikiLeaks' publishing of secret intelligence reports has done severe damage, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday, noting that his department would aggressively investigate how it happened. Adm. Mike Mullen said the group's founder may already have the blood of a soldier or Afghan family on his hands.
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On his Pogobat YouTube channel, Brown's "Dan 3.0" project is about to launch.
July 29, 2010 In "Dan 3.0," the popular video blogger will ask his Web viewers what he should do with his life. And every day for the next year they'll be able to vote on the suggestions. "I have no freaking idea," what will happen, he says.
July 29, 2010 On YouTube a pair of video game "sportscasters" have more subscribers than ESPN. It begs the question, are we entering the era of virtual spectator sports?
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