By Kara Miller | Saturday, June 2, 2012
We lift the veil on cybercrime, which can lead to stolen identities, stolen company secrets — even stolen military secrets.
In an age in which information has become everything — and vast computer networks contain our deepest secrets — we have become trapped by the very machines that we rely on.
So how do you fight back against cybercrime? Can you build walls high enough? What does the battlefield look right now? We ask experts who are in the trenches.
Win Treese, associate director, Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, Boston University
Neil Creighton, CEO, Counter Tack
By Kara Miller | Saturday, May 26, 2012
This week, we look at medical treatments and devices that may change how diseases are diagnosed and treated.
Just about a decade ago, when the human genome was sequenced, many scientists believed that a new world of biologically-based medicines were on their way.
But today we face two huge problems. Big diseases, like cancer and Alzheimer's, feel intractable. And health care costs continue to skyrocket.
We’ll look at biotechnology and whether it has the potential to revolutionize medicine’s cost and effectiveness.
David Lucchino, CEO of Semprus BioSciences
David Steinmiller, COO, OPKO Diagnostics
Michael J. Cima, professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT
What's Next for Biotech
A biotechnology venture capitalist — and one of the first investors in Genzyme — joins us to talk about the most exciting therapies in the pipeline and what he’s investing in now.
By Cristina Quinn & WGBH News | Tuesday, May 22, 2012
May 25, 2012
BOSTON — As WGBH News reported on May 21, the Casella Waste Materials Recovery Facility in Charlestown takes in 100 tons of plastic a day. Much of that material is separated out by the type of plastic and then recycled in facilities in the U.S. However, some does get sent abroad — mostly mixed batches of plastic that aren't cost-effective to separate for recycling here. Those bales of plastic get packed into shipping containers and loaded at the Port of Boston on to the proverbial "slow boat in China."
By Kara Miller | Saturday, May 19, 2012
Several months ago, when this show had only just begun, we did a segment on the next big thing. The next iPad , the next Facebook, the next Twitter.
But we got a big surprise.
America, our guests said, may not be up to the challenge. It may not be producing the young minds needed to create and staff the companies that will change our world.
Here’s what Joe Kessler, who is president of The Intelligence Group in Los Angeles, said when I asked him how we were doing producing workers for high-tech companies:
Since then, I’ve asked almost everyone who’s walked into this studio whether they’re hiring new employees and what they think of the talent pool.
Almost to a person, they shake their heads. We need more technical people, they say. We have to turn to workers from overseas, but it can be hard to get them visas.
So, today we ask what’s going on. Is our education system failing to train young Americans for the future — a reality that will impact all of us — whether we majored in computer science or English literature?
The Talent Pool: What's the problem?
First, we hear from employers. Are they having trouble filling jobs? And why isn’t this issue a greater part of our national discussion?
Paul Clegg, vice president of human resources, talent aquisition, labor relations, Raytheon
Ben Russell, vice president of human resources, Bullhorn
Toward a Solution
We're joined by a panel of educators hoping to empower the next generation of mathmeticians and scientists.
Christopher Doss, teacher, physics, Boston Latin School
Aaron Osowiecki, teacher, physics, Boston Latin School
By Cristina Quinn | Friday, May 18, 2012
May 21, 2012
BOSTON — The plastic water bottle has become a symbol of waste. In April, Concord, Mass., banned the sale of single-serving bottles altogether. But the recycling industry can't get enough of those bottles — and all the other plastic detritus of modern life — to turn into new products. WGBH News examined recent developments in recycling and learned that the conventional wisdom about water bottles might be wrong.
By Danielle Dreilinger | Tuesday, May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
BOSTON — Those used to tracking the bus or train on their smartphones now have a new tool to help with the T. Last week, the MBTA announced that Google Maps now offers interior views of 24 stations on Android phones.
"One of our best partners has been Google and obviously they have incredible reach," said Josh Robin, director of innovation at the MBTA. "They approached us about being their first transportation partner" for station maps in the U.S.
Indoor maps were already available for a number of U.S. and Japanese airports and shopping centers. See [potentially not entirely up-to-date] list.
All the MBTA had to do was hand existing CAD drawings over to Google. "They do the cool part," Robin said. Cost to the MBTA: $0.
So they're cool. But are they useful?Read More