Anyone who grew up on tinker toys or erector sets knows the pleasure of making things. Now, millions of American are rediscovering that feeling, and turning a profit. The maker movement, a coalition of entrepreneurs, inventors, and crafty types who make things from gadgets to clothes to food, are shaking up the economy. Some makers argue Cleveland embodies what the movement is all about. Photo credit: Andrew Salamone.
When you prick your finger, what you feel is a consequence of activity in the brain, not the finger itself. Biomedical engineers using this concept are leading an evolution in protheses that help the estimated 2 million Americans who suffer from limb loss to "feel" their missing limbs again. This emerging field of devices for sensory restoration has applications far and beyond those afflicted by limb loss.
Roughly 20% of software developers are women according to the Labor Department, a number that's decreased over the years. The number of female computer-science graduates dropped 37% between 1985 and 2012. Among women who do make it in tech, they say sexism is rampant in the male dominated field. Why are there so few women in tech, and how can those trends be reversed? Originally aired 6/12/14.
Coming up Friday morning on The Sound of Ideas, all eyes on Ohio as a federal appeals court hears arguments that could change the face of marriage in several midwestern states at once. New problems arise for county executive Ed FitzGerald. Why wouldn't he answer questions about what was once 'no big deal' --enlarging the story, while delighting his political opponents? And food additives of the unexpected variety nearly cause a prison riot.
There's a growing travel trend known as voluntourism. Instead of a week lounging on the beach, folks spend their vacations helping to build a school in Africa or bringing medicine to children in Nicaragua. Sounds fulfilling. But critics say they might do much more good by staying home and sending the money they would have spent on the trip. A closer look at voluntourism, who does it, and who benefits.
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