Connected Cars: Safety and Fun Are Driving Innovation

News last week that a North Carolina woman died in a head-on car crash while posting selfies and Facebook updates brings home the hope for “connected cars.” More cars connected to the Internet, the argument goes, would help, not distract, drivers. With hands-free, eyes-on-the-road communication and entertainment as the norm, we might hear fewer such horror stories. Related: Top Ten Technologies for Mature Drivers We’re definitely moving toward connected cars. The market for hardware, software and apps that connect cars …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week – Polar Vortex Edition

 News, discoveries and fun … 1. It got so cold in Kentucky that an escaped prisoner turned himself back in. (Learn more at Associated Press) Tweets about “#polarvortex” 2. Eating certain foods can reduce your risk of developing cataracts. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Siri, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant, isn’t so keen about her purring counterpart in the new movie Her, but suggests seeing the movie anyway. (Learn more at Wired)   4. A newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., discovered an undeveloped roll of …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. The Pinocchio lizard, long thought to be extinct, has been rediscovered in the cloud forests of Ecuador. (Learn more at Christian Science Monitor)   2. “Poop pills” – capsules filled with a donor’s lab-processed fecal matter – can cure Clostridium difficile (C-diff) and other serious gut infections. (Learn more at AARP)   3. Erica Jong, whose groundbreaking novel Fear of Flying turns 40 this month, says protagonist Isadora Wing would be a “passionate grandmother” if she were alive …