For the first time in decades, America's obesity rate remained flat this past year, according to the United Health Foundation. Tell Me More host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Reed Tuckson about the report. Marquette University Professor Andrew Williams, who is developing a robot to help children exercise and make better nutritional choices, also joins the conversation.
The death of world leaders and celebrities dominated both world and U.S. searches. Oh, and lots of people also searched for the Harlem shake.
President Obama is meeting with tech industry leaders this morning. One of the big issues on the table is the National Security Agency’s big surveillance program. A federal judge just ruled that some of the government’s practices were probably in violation of the Constitution. The executives Obama is meeting with today, including Eric Schmidt from Google and Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook, have publicly called on the government to scale back its data collection.
“Pot, meet kettle,” says tech analyst Laura Didio. She says although these companies are also collecting our data, it doesn’t compare to the scale of what the government is doing.
“The NSA is 8 times bigger than the CIA,” Didio says. “The NSA’s secrets have secrets.”
Now tech companies are worried that concerns about government spying could rub off on their bottom lines. “If the U.S. is simply going to camp out on every server of every social network, you’re going to see a real chilling of relationships between the consumer and the networks, says Will Riegel, with Point3 Consulting.
“That starts costing a significant amount of money,” Riegel says.
Riegel says companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and Apple are worried about seeming too welcoming of government surveillance. They’re also aware that any regulations that come out of the NSA scandal could affect their own data collection practices.
Flu season is in full swing and as many of us get ready to travel for the holidays, we’re all trying our remedies of choice to avoid getting sick. A lot of people use antibacterial hand soap to help stay flu-free. But now, the Food and Drug Administration is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap.
In today's tech world -- alongside the tales of the newly-minted, young male billionaire entrepreneurs -- another narrative is emerging: the comparative absence of women. Up to 90 percent of the engineering teams at start-ups are men. Some women in the Valley are trying to engineer some change.
The Beatles have a new release out today on iTunes -- "new" in the sense that these are recordings that have never been sold commercially. There are 59 songs including some outtakes from BBC and studio sessions and a few demos from 1963. The reason for the release has more to do with copyright law than demand.
The jackpot could reach a seemingly impossible $1 billion if no one wins in Tuesday's drawing. Experts say the odds of winning are astronomical, but lottery officials say ticket sales are ahead of projections.
A bubbling kettle, walking the twins to school, a trolley ride and a neighbor's hammer drill — all sounds of an expat's life abroad.
When it comes to making livestock agriculture more sustainable, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. That's the conclusion of a study of livestock around the world.