adactio / tags / science friday

Tagged with “science friday” (5)

  1. Spreading The Word About The ‘Mother Of Wi-Fi’ - Science Friday

    Credit: [Public Domain] via WikicommonsCalled “the most beautiful woman in the world,” actress Hedy Lamarr was renowned for her looks. But she had a brilliant, inventive mind that she rarely got credit for until very close to the end of her life. Working with composer George Antheil, she patented the frequency-hopping, or spread-spectrum technology that now powers wireless internet, cell phones, and GPS. While Hedy didn’t receive acknowledgement for the invention until 1997, her contribution is getting more attention these days, like in the documentary “Bombshell,” which showed at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Actress Diane Kruger, who narrated “Bombshell” and who’s working on turning the story into a television miniseries, talks to Ira about the inspiration she hopes Lamarr can offer young girls.

    And Richard Rhodes, who chronicled Lamarr’s biography in his 2011 book, “Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr,” joins Kruger to tell the tale of the “mother of Wi-Fi.”

    —Huffduffed by adactio

  2. Forecasting the Future of Maps

    02/20/2015 Legal Battle Ends, But Seas Continue to Rise in Kivalina, Alaska Habitats Shift As Arctic Temps Creep Above Freezing Is Your Empty Stomach Fueling Your Shopping Spree? What Bilingual Babies Can Teach Us About Language Learning Are Women at Greater Risk for Alzheimer’s? Forecasting the Future of Maps ARCHIVE 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 SUBSCRIBE Podcast FEB. 20, 2015 Forecasting the Future of Maps

    Google Maps app displayed on a phone, from Shutterstock

    Listen Later on Stitcher

    Google Maps celebrated its 10-year anniversary this month. In that decade, web and mobile mapping companies have sprung up to chart the corner of every city and integrate real time transportation data into these maps. What will the maps of the future look like, and will they help us move from point A to point B more efficiently?

    —Huffduffed by adactio