The scorching 93 degree heat on Saturday was not enough to deter throngs of book lovers from coming out for the 10th Annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Library of Congress. Art Beat took to the National Mall for some “reader-on-the-street” -style interviews.
In this day and age, much communication is done by e-mail, text messages, Twitter and other forms of digital communication. William Powers, author of “Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age,” explains how disconnecting from our screens may help us reconnect with our lives. Continue reading
As the World Cup enters the semi-finals in South Africa, the country’s poorer sections are left in the shadows of the soccer stadiums. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how one man has been attempting to bridge the digital divide in one of Johannesburg’s poorest neighborhoods. Continue reading
Correspondent Kira Kay reports on a Canadian hunt for “rare earth” minerals, elements mined almost exclusively in China, that are key to emerging green technologies, cell phones, engines and other high-tech devices despite their short supply. Continue reading
In an excerpt from the PBS program “Frontline,” Rachel Dreztin examines how our brains are being shaped by technology, how companies are spicing up conference calls with avatars and how advances in weaponry have reshaped war. Continue reading
Recent attacks on government computers, private organizations and foreign governments have raised fresh questions about the nation’s digital security. Analysts discuss the implications of the attacks and the vulnerability of the nation’s digital systems. Continue reading