Alaska News Nightly Friday May 8 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio:With Foster Care Cases Up, Lawmakers Consider Funding TriageAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe Walker administration is pushing for more funding for the Office of Children’s Services, in response to the growing number of foster children in the system.Lawmakers Seek Audit of State Crime LabAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauLawmakers have approved an audit of the state crime lab to see if it is properly managing evidence.Prenatal Pot Use On The Rise in AlaskaElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauAbout one in 14 Alaska women are using marijuana while pregnant. That’s based on the state’s pregnancy risk monitoring survey which hundreds of new moms complete each year. Between 2002 and 2011, the number of women reporting marijuana use during pregnancy more than doubled. The women are more likely to be younger, Alaska Native and lower income.2 New Wolf Kills Add to Denali Population DeclineDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe recent killing of two Denali National Park wolves has increased calls for protection of the animals on state land adjacent to the park, where hunting and trapping are legal.Hovercraft To Shuttle Cruise Tourists to Taku GlacierLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe start of the cruise ship season brings a new excursion from one of the oldest tour outfits in Southeast. Allen Marine Tours is set to run hovercraft trips to the Taku Glacier starting this week.Alaska WWII Vet Enjoys Bird’s Eye View of D.C. FlyoverLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.This is Victory in Europe day, the 70th anniversary of World War Two’s end in Europe. In Washington, D.C. more than 50 vintage military aircraft flew over the national mall to the Capitol. One Alaska vet got a bird’s eye view.49 Voices: Michelle TrollAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThis week we hear from Michelle Troll who moved to Alaska to work at the Ketchikan Daily News more than 30 years ago and never, ever intended to stay.AK: Samurai MusherEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageIf you didn’t hear the rendition of the Alaska Flag Song by a Japanese choral ensemble last week at Anchorage’s Alaska Performing Arts Center, you missed something special.last_img read more

University of Washington computer scientists and e

first_imgUniversity of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers created a Passive Wi-Fi system that demonstrates how it’s possible to generate Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000x less power than other Wi-Fi chipsets, and 1,000x less power than Bluetooth Low Energy and ZigBee.“Passive Wi-Fi transmissions can be decoded on off-the-shelf smartphones and Wi-Fi chipsets over distances of 30 to 100 feet in various line-of-sight and through-the-wall scenarios,” according to the student researchers in an online paper.This system aims to enable an Internet of Things environment, where users can have their devices and sensors communicate over Wi-Fi while using as little power as possible. The system is now being used by Jeeva Wireless, a provider of low-power communications solutions.The researchers are expected to present the results of their work in March at the USENIX Symposium on SDN Research. Open-source compliance e-book availableThe Linux Foundation wants to help organizations use best practices for open-source code in products and services, so it is making one of its e-books available for free.The 149-page e-book is written by Ibrahim Haddad, vice president of R&D and head of the Open Source Group at Samsung. He explores how organizations can use best practices in the open-source community, and teaches organizations how to participate in open-source communities in a legal and responsible way. Readers will also learn how to structure an open-source-management program, and how to set up an open-source compliance strategy.The e-book can be downloaded here.Rails highlights the latest features, updatesRuby on Rails recently announced that jQuery is no longer a dependency of Rails, since Rails JavaScript helpers have been rewritten in a “new gem” called rails-ujs. Now helpers use Vanilla JavaScript, which makes jQuery no longer a dependency. Also, Ruby on Rails announced that the first release candidate for 5.0.1 has been released, with no issues found.The new features in this first release candidate include Yarn support, where developers can “pass the –yarn option when you generate a new Rails app, and Rails will create the necessary config files and run Yarn install after bundle installs automatically,” according to a blog post by Rails developers Greg Molnar and Prathamesh Sonpatki.last_img read more