The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Hell With The Lid Off: Coffee Drinkers' Plight Exposed In Canada

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 12:38 pm

"Is this coffee, or is this Fight Club?" That's the question Bryan Hansen of Calgary, Canada, says he asked himself after his coffee lid betrayed him — yet again — leading him to fire off a letter of complaint to the Tim Hortons café chain, sending it to the attention of its "Lid Manager."

Hansen's fiercely funny note won fans on Reddit and elsewhere, as fellow customers stood up to say they, too, had been suffering in (scalded) silence because of the coffee and pastry stores' flip-top lids.

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Environment
12:03 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Valley Air District to Issue Air Alert Monday

file photo
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has announced that it intends to issue an "Air Alert" early next week. The alert will begin Monday August 19th and continue through Wednesday August 21st. 

This district is urging residents to take steps that can reduce the amount of ozone pollution, and prevent a potential violation of the 1-hour ozone standard. In addition to health risks posed by ozone pollution, violating the standard could also result in a $29 million federal penalty.

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Republicans To CNN And NBC: No Debates For You

During the 2012 campaign cycle, CNN was among several news networks that hosted Republican debates. Now, the GOP says it doesn't want to be on either that network or NBC.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 11:24 am

Following through on an earlier warning, the Republican National Committee on Friday "unanimously passed a resolution preventing the committee from partnering with CNN and NBC for debates if they don't drop their Hillary Clinton productions ahead of the 2016 presidential election."

"CNN and NBC have shown clear favoritism, and they won't be hosting a single Republican primary debate," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

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All Tech Considered
10:12 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Tech Week That Was: Hyperloop, The Next Blackout, Sites Down

A rendering of the proposed Hyperloop's passenger transport capsule.
Courtesy of Elon Musk

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 12:24 pm

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog, and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Fri August 16, 2013

So Baaad It's Good: 'Sheep Protest' Video

YouTube.com/haywiredigital

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 11:16 am

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Shots - Health News
9:23 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Strange Bedfellows Among Groups Helping Insurance Buyers

He'll be right back. He's inside buying insurance.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:26 am

If you thought the doldrums of August meant a lower boil for controversy over the rollout of the federal health law, you're mostly right.

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The Two-Way
9:12 am
Fri August 16, 2013

A 'Dilemma Zone' For Red-Light Cameras: Safety Vs. Cash

Traffic engineers face "a new conundrum" in dealing with red-light cameras such as this one in New Mexico, according to a recent study looking at how cameras are operated and the perception that they are used to generate revenue.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

What's the point of a red-light camera — to make intersections safer or to generate revenue? That's the question prompted by researchers at the University of Tennessee, who say the cameras are sometimes used in ways that are more likely to make money than to improve safety.

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TED Radio Hour
8:58 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Will Man's Best Friend Be A Robot?

Cynthia Breazeal speaking at TEDWomen conference.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 5:36 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Do We Need Humans?

About Cynthia Breazeal's TEDTalk

Why do we use robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms? Cynthia Breazeal realized the key was training robots to interact with people. Now she builds robots that teach, learn — and play.

About Cynthia Breazeal

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NPR Story
8:56 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Strengthening the Grid, Ten Years Later

Ten years ago this week, a massive electrical blackout struck the northeastern US and parts of Canada, affecting some 55 million people. IEEE Spectrum journalist Bill Sweet describes the causes of the outage and how the electrical grid has changed since the 2003 failure.

NPR Story
8:56 am
Fri August 16, 2013

For a Greener Yard, Lose the Lawn

Across the Southwest, cities are banning water-thirsty front lawns. Cado Daily of the University of Arizona's Water Wise Program views that as an opportunity to plant a "rainscape" — a yard with drought-friendly native plants that she says can look as lush as a lawn, and lure wildlife back, too.

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