The Osgood File
The Osgood File / 08-27-14 / 9:25 AM08/27/14
Maybe you've noticed: as you get older, the computer screen gets fuzzier and fuzzier. But suppose the screen was smart enough to compensate for that. It's possible when you have a computer screen that focuses itself...
The Osgood File / 08-27-14 / 8:25 AM
Imagine taking 200 people - packing them into narrow seats in rows sometimes as close as 28 inches apart - then locking the door and sending the whole assembly five miles into the sky with only vending machine snacks for food...
The Osgood File / 08-27-14 / 7:25 AM
The business world is abuzz about Burger King's new corporate structure under its deal for Tim Hortons. It will be an American company, largely owned by three Brazilian billionaires, that will now be headquartered in Canada...
The Osgood File / 08-27-14 / 6:25 AM
James Foley's execution at the hands of a terrorist who appears to be a British subject has called attention to the number of Westerners who have converted to Islam for the expressed purpose of joining the fight in Syria - including an American...
The Osgood File / 08-26-14 / 9:25 AM
I'm sure you've seen videos of those little quadcopter drones, with the four spinning propellers. Well, a British engineer and helicopter pilot is adapting that design to carry much more than just a camera. He's designing it to carry a person...
The Osgood File / 08-26-14 / 8:25 AM
Parents have known it for a long time - and now, the pediatricians have finally come around. The American Academy of Pediatrics has made it official: high school students aren't getting enough sleep - and school needs to start later...
The Osgood File / 08-26-14 / 7:25 AM
When it comes to earthquake warnings, Mexico and Japan are far ahead of the United States. But the new system at University of California at Berkeley did issue a warning ten seconds before Napa started shaking on Sunday...
The Osgood File / 08-26-14 / 6:25 AM
U.S. airstrikes have managed to slow down the ISIS attack on Northern Iraq. But, Pentagon planners know that the only way to stop ISIS would be to attack them in Syria - which is where their senior leaders and most of their forces are positioned...
The Osgood File / 08-25-14 / 9:25 AM
Whale-watching trips are a big business on the West Coast. There is nothing quite like seeing a humpback whale breach. And the humpbacks apparently figured the act was going so well, it was time to take it to New York City...
The Osgood File / 08-25-14 / 8:25 AM
A lot of stars are fed up with the paparazzi. But now, they have a new tool: those propeller-powered drones. So now, they're the proparazzi. And Sean Burke with the Paparazzi Reform Initiative is trying to change that...
The Osgood File / 08-25-14 / 7:25 AM
E-cigarettes are those battery-powered cigarettes that vaporize a nicotine solution, instead of burning tobacco - so you get the nicotine without the tar. The American Heart Association has something to say about them...
The Osgood File / 08-25-14 / 6:25 AM
The execution of reporter James Foley by a jihadi who spoke with a British accent has sent a shiver through the U.K., because it turns out that quite a few British subjects have joined the fight in Syria - and not just men...
The Osgood File / 08-22-14 / 9:25 AM
You know the phrase "standing still as a statue?" Well it suggests a complete lack of involvement, no response to what is going on around. But they may have to come up with a new phrase in Britain. How about "chatty as a statue?"
The Osgood File / 08-22-14 / 8:25 AM
The woodpecker spends a lot of time slamming its head and beak into trees at a high rate of speed just to find food. How does a woodpecker manage to avoid brain injuries from all that pecking? The tough little bird can teach us a thing or two...
The Osgood File / 08-22-14 / 7:25 AM
Most of us have no idea what it's like to have cluster headaches. As the name suggests, it's not just one headache but a cluster of them hitting rapid-fire. But there's an experimental device that could change all of that...
The Osgood File / 08-22-14 / 6:25 AM
The oceans are so big, and we humans are so small, that some people don't think we can possibly harm them. But Dr. Sylvia Earle, one of the world's most famous ocean explorers, knows better - and she warns us...
The Osgood File / 08-21-14 / 9:25 AM
Children - especially teenagers - are notorious for having perfected the art of ignoring their parents. Modern communications systems have given them whole new ways to do this - but Sharon Standiford of Houston had enough of it...
The Osgood File / 08-21-14 / 8:25 AM
There's what sounds like a pretty sweet job posting right now at Cambridge University in England. They're looking for a doctoral student who will spend the next three-and-a-half years studying the "fundamentals" of chocolate...
The Osgood File / 08-21-14 / 7:25 AM
Birds of a feather flock together - and in the family of birds, starlings are quite a social bunch. Their acrobatic swirls they make whenever they decided to fly together have delighted - but also puzzled - bird experts for years...
The Osgood File / 08-21-14 / 6:25 AM
What if every vehicle on the road could automatically read the speed, brake status and direction of every car around it - ahead, behind and on either side of it - and react accordingly? Vehicle-to-vehicle systems are on the way...
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