60-Second Tech show

60-Second Tech

Summary: Scientific American Online associate tech editor Larry Greenemeier provides a weekly minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of technology. To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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 Fancy Figuring Ferrets Out Fake Photos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:23

New software identifies doctored images by finding inconsistent shadows, even with complex shapes and uneven surfaces. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Tooth Sensor Watches Your Mouth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:15

An accelerometer-based oral sensory system embedded in a tooth could identify various oral habits based on dental movement. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Electronic Skin Could Bring Touchy Robots | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:17

Paper-thin sensor networks might someday give machines the ability to feel their surroundings. Larry Greenemeier reports

 New TV Channel Gives Dogs Pause | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:15

DOGTV, featuring programming to entertain stay-at-home dogs, debuts nationally August 1 on DirecTV. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Navy Aims for Electromagnetic Guns | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:18

An electromagnetic rail gun would use magnetic fields created by electrical currents to accelerate a sliding metal conductor along two rails. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Robotic Companion Animal Comforts Dementia Sufferers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:20

A small group of people with mid- to late-stage dementia appeared happier and less anxious after spending time with a robotic animal programmed to respond to touch and sound. Larry Greenemeier reports

 6-Month-Old E-Mails Easy Pickings for Police | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:15

The outdated 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act considers e-mail "abandoned" and searchable if it's stored for more than 180 days on a server. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Safe Water? Ask the Smartphone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:15

Researchers combine an iPhone with optical filters to create a handheld analyzer for toxins, bacteria and other items of public health importance. Larry Greenemeier reports

 E-Tailers Want Amazon and Apple to Set Readers Free | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:15

An industry report says there is no good technological reason for Amazon and Apple to restrict readers to their formats. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Grifters Increase Their Internet Attacks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:26

Consumers were victims of nearly 290,000 online frauds and lost more than $525 million in 2012, up 8 percent from 2011. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Bullies Turn Cyberspace Sour | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:15

One in six high school students report being victimized via e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, Web sites or texting. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Spear Phishers Want Your Info | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:14

The recent AP Twitter account hack looks like an example of a successful spear phishing attack, in which a targeted e-mail duped the news agency's employees. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Plan Your Digital Death | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:18

Google's Inactive Account Manager allows you to arrange for the deletion of your data upon your demise. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Controlling Some Devices Will Be a Snap | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:17

Various HP products will soon be controllable by hand gestures. Larry Greenemeier reports

 Mental Health-Related Google Searches Decline in Summer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:01:16

A study tracking Google searches about mental health issues showed substantial decreases in summer versus winter, implying a lessening of symptoms during the longer, warmer days. Larry Greenemeier reports


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