6.23.15: Bluetooth Tech, Ballpoint Pens & Artificial Hurricanes

Jun 23, 2015

New Hampshire's 'Hands Free' law goes into effect on July 1st -- and many consumers have already adapted to the new policy. There's also a nifty little device you probably already have in your car, or on your desk, right now: the ballpoint pen. While it may not cause a window-shattering ruckus these days, it's still in daily usage. And finally, while a quiet hurricane season is predicted for this year, there's one place that's guaranteed to see category 5 winds this year: a new Florida laboratory with the power to create artificial hurricane conditions.

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Hands Free

Many people have already adopted the Hands Free policy in New Hampshire, and Chris Jones is on the case. Chris is the CEO of "Speed of Sound," a company that specializes in installing things like remote starters, car security, and after-market Bluetooth technology.

    

Staying on the Road

   

New Hampshire holds the title as one of the oldest states in the nation, second only to Maine where the median age is 43. As Maine's population ages, so do its drivers. Leslie Chang brings us the story about keeping senior drivers safe and also what they have to say about it. 

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org

The Genius of the Ballpoint Pen

You may think of the ballpoint pen as pretty unremarkable. But at one point it time, it caused a frenzy. James Ward is the co-founder of the Stationary Club and the Boring Conference, and author of the book The Perfection of the Paper Clip: Curious Tales of Invention, Accidental Genius, and Stationary Obsession.

The Future of the Cul-de-sac

Take an aimless drive outside any random city in America and you're bound to eventually hit a cul-de-sac...one of those curious dead end streets that have become a symbol of modern suburbia. Roman Mars and Katie Mingle of 99% Invisible investigate the history and future of the controversial cul-de-sac. 

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org

Artificial Hurricanes

Dr. Brian Haus is a professor at the University of Miami's Rosentiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science, and director of "SUSTAIN:" the Surge Structure Atmosphere Interaction Facility. At the laboratory, they have the power to create artificial hurricane conditions.