Technology

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A student at St. Michael’s College wants to give people a hand — literally. Kelsey Buchanan, a junior studying art and education, started making prosthetic hands this summer using 3-D printers at the St. Michael’s maker space.

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A state program created more than two years ago to fund improvements to internet service has yet to award any money.

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Cardboard has been around since the early 1800s, but a couple of Vermonters who have been working with cardboard for awhile now have come up with a novel use of the old packaging material: building cardboard pinball machines.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says his office is taking the threat of a cyber-attack on the state's election system seriously.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is considering a staff recommendation to fine FairPoint Communications for failing to meet the state’s telephone service quality metrics. 

On the morning of Aug. 22, the Brattleboro Fire department discovered their computer system had been hacked and that files were stolen and encrypted.

The hackers demanded a ransom of about $2,600 to be paid in bitcoins.

A cell phone network partially funded by $4 million in state grant money won’t be working as originally planned.

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Researchers are starting to take a closer look at what people are posting on social media and why – and they are finding some interesting things. 

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We continue to highlight past segments from Vermont Edition, and we're sharing again our conversations from the spring with librarian Jessamyn West and writer Dana Walrath.

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Finding and mapping typical story arcs is nothing new, but now a group of researchers at the University of Vermont's Computational Story Lab has used data mining to look at the emotional arcs contained in thousands of stories. They've identified six basic core arcs that form the emotional foundation of complex narratives.

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For the past several years, co-working spaces have been popping up across Vermont, from Bennington to Burlington; Vergennes to St. Johnsbury.

While each location is different, they all share some common goals. Foremost among them is helping new businesses get started.

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The high-tech company Chroma Technology has decided to stay and expand in its current location in the southern Vermont town of Rockingham, after searching for a new home over the past few years.

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A computer scientist at Dartmouth College has developed new software aimed at quickly identifying and stopping the spread of extremist videos online that are used to incite violent attacks. 

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As our reliance on solar and wind energy grows, so does the challenge of reliability: The wind and sun can’t be turned on and off whenever people need electricity. One part of the solution is energy storage. 

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Being a teenager is hard enough. There are awkward hormonal changes, increasing academic pressures, and seismic shifts in relationships in and outside the home. But today's teens have an additional challenge: the ubiquitous presence and lure of social media, smartphones and other technologies that allow gossip and rumor to go viral at the touch of a button. 

The build-out of a fiber-optic broadband network in central Vermont should be greatly expedited by $9 million in long-term financing.

A tech firm with roots in Vermont has raised $12.9 in venture capital that will help create new jobs at its Burlington office.

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Meet Jessamyn West, the radical librarian. She just got a big award from the Vermont Library Association for her role in the selection process for the next Librarian of Congress. She's behind one of the first librarian blogs, she's annoyed the FBI, and she's a crusader for keeping both sides of the digital divide in mind as we move further into the information age. Cory Doctorow of "Boing Boing" has called her an "internet folk hero."

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When the new governor takes office in January, he or she will be given a new, independent analysis concerning the future of Vermont Health Connect, the state's health care web site.

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Some couples renew their wedding vows to remind themselves and each other of the closeness they share and update the promises to reflect married life. Sometimes a close friend or a religious leader officiates the informal ceremony.

Sometimes, it's just some random guy from reddit.

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