Famed scientist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about the importance of space exploration today during his keynote at South by Southwest Interactive. Despite advances by private companies, particularly SpaceX, he said they won’t be the ones making the biggest breakthroughs.
Tyson admitted that for him, the appeal of space travel is the simple fact that it’s “a frontier.” However, there are more practical reasons to go into space. For one thing, we need to be able to respond if we find out that an asteroid is headed for Earth.
“You know the dinosuars would have if they could have,” Tyson said. He joked that failing to pursue a space program when we have the scientific and technological capability would make us “the laughing stock” of other intelligent species: “They’d have human bones on display in their museum. ‘Here they are, not building a spaceship.'”
He also suggested that…
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Wearables are being used by users to measure their activity and provide them with feedback that can help them improve their health. Today, a new startup called Lightwave is using wearable technology to provide analytics around live events for performers and artists.
The project was started by Rana June, who was co-founder and VP of marketing at social ad and analytics startup Medialets. But most people know her best from her days touring as the first big iPad DJ, back when creating music on the tablet was a hugely novel thing.
After several years of taking time off and dreaming up the next big thing, she decided to do something that would combine both her tech and music experience. The result is Lightwave, which provides actionable analytics for real-world events.
At the heart of the project is a wearable wristband that measures a number of different user interactions…
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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have been exciting thus far; full of strange events. From yellow water to the stray dog problem, it’s safe to say this is one of the more exciting Olympics – and that’s all before the opening ceremony! Nothing, however, has impressed me more than the video footage below.
India’s Shiva Keshavan made an amazing save during a training session for his event, the luge.
The luge event has some tragic history. Olympic fans were rocked by the news at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics when Republic of Georgia contender Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a training accident. Safety concerns had been raised even before training began. The International Olympic Committee honored Kumaritashvili on Wednesday before the commencement of the Sochi Olympics.
The Olympic Committee has made several statements that safety is being considered before speed for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics luge track.
Still, it’s amazing to…
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In the U.S., too many children are overweight.
Although rates are improving, still, one in six kids between the ages of two and 19 is obese.
Children who have weight problems are more likely to be obese as adults, which can lead to heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and mental health problems.
You can help kids get a healthy start. Encourage them to exercise regularly and eat a diet that’s low in fat and includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Be a role model for healthy eating and physical activity, and support your community’s efforts to provide healthy food options and safe places for children to play.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. K-Hits Cares!
Mike Royko is the quintessential Chicago columnist, mostly thanks to his efforts to piss people off. As a writer, he was one of the loudest criticizers of Chicago politics, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for commentary. Despite years as a newspaperman, his most famous publication is Boss, an unauthorized biography of Richard J. Daley. He also received and published many
fan reader letters in various forms, allowing some people to share their gripes about the city and life with him, allowing others to share their displeasure of him.
One person who shared their displeasure of Royko with Royko was Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was so angry over a column Royko had written, he responded with an angry letter.
Though, to be fair, Royko started it.
In April of 1976, Frank Sinatra was in town to perform and was even granted police protection by the Chicago Police Department. Chicago, what…
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“Everyone dropped what they were doing. It was such an intense emotional experience.”
Don Was is referring to the rehearsals for The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute to The Beatles, which featured an A-list roster of artists — including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, the reunited Eurythmics, Dave Grohl, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Brad Paisley and Ed Sheeran — performing the songs of the Fab Four. While the taping wasn’t live (it airs this Sunday), the producers tried to move the event like a live show, with all artists (besides Wonder) nailing their performance in one take. Was served as the musical director and also played bass for many of the artists that night.
Photo Gallery: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles
But the moment that everyone — big-name performers included — was waiting for involved the two surviving Beatles, Paul…
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The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, will soon be remembered in an upcoming movie about his life entitled Get On Up. The film is directed by Tate Taylor and stars actor Chadwick Boseman as Brown. A number of the film’s key figures, including producer Mick Jagger, spoke with Rolling Stone about the upcoming film and about the legend himself, James Brown.
Boseman is no stranger to portraying iconic individuals. He recently played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42. Despite his success in that role, Boseman expressed some concern with tackling legendary figure.
“I felt like I shouldn’t play another icon, I shouldn’t do another biopic. And the singing and the dancing; I can hold a tune and I’ll dance if I go to the club, but doing this is a whole other level.”
Playing Brown naturally comes with the responsibility to not only replicate his vocal…
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The Chicago Bears are upping the cost of season tickets again. It’s almost a tradition, considering that they’ve done it 11 out of the 12 past seasons! Just how much will season ticket holders have to fork over? Find out in this K-HITS Newscast.
If you’re headed outside, you’d better be aware that there is a wind chill advisory today and even without that it’s unlikely that we’ll see double digit temps today!
Chicago’s about to go two billion dollars more into debt, but don’t worry, we’re not becoming another Detroit! Don’t believe us, well, listen to Mayor Emanuel explain it and see if you agree or not!
Is flashing your headlights to warn other drivers about a speed trap ahead considered free speech? Apparently it is! You’ll want to hear the story of this St Louis man that we have, it may get you out of a ticket!
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If Alderman Ed Burke get’s his way, we may be seeing the last of horse drawn carriages on Chicago’s near North Side.
He wants to make them illegal saying that there’s safety and sanitation concerns (I think he’s talking about the horse poop LOL!) when it comes to the horse drawn carriages.
Wow! Those horse drawn carriages absolutely get in my way when I’m driving, but I’ve taken my wife and even my kids on those for special occasions!
If you’re planing on a trip to Wrigley Field and want a slice of pizza while you’re there, I hope you like Giordano’s.
The Cubs have signed a deal with the restaurant to be the sole pizza provider at Wrigley. It starts with this season and runs for three years.
At least they’ll be something to look forward to at Wrigley Field this year because it’s probably not baseball (and this is coming from a Cubs fan that lives near Wrigley Field too!).
Mayor Emanuel somehow talked the City Council into borrowing another $2 billion bucks after only talking to them for about 5 minutes about it! Why does the city need the cash? Check out the audio of Rahm explaining it in this newscast.
Ever watch the show “Shameless” on Showtime? They’ll be shooting some stuff in Chicago next week and are looking for some extras! If you’re interested, click this link for more info.
There was a shooting last night at a fast food restaurant in Rogers Park. K-Hits News has all the latest info on what police say happened, who was killed, injured and more!
There’s all this, a weather update and more! Don’t miss any of the K-Hits Newscasts at :10 and :40 past the hour between 5 and 8 AM every weekday morning!
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Did you know that radon causes lung cancer?
Don’t know what radon is? It’s an invisible odorless gas that can seep into your home!
The only way to know if it’s there is to have your home tested! For more information on how to get that done, call 1-800-SOS-RADON.
Get your radon problems fixed before it’s too late! K-Hits Cares!
As if the idea of seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing together wasn’t enough! But CBS (Radio.com’s parent company) has just announced that The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles will feature an interview with McCartney and Starr conducted by the current resident of the Ed Sullivan Theater, David Letterman.
Letterman interviewed the two at the Ed Sullivan Theater yesterday (February 4), without a studio audience. Of course, that theater was the site of the actual “night that changed America” in 1964: the Beatles‘ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
It’s that earth-shaking event that is being celebrated on the The Night That Changed America; the show, which was filmed the night after the GRAMMYs, featured performances by McCartney and Starr, both together and apart, and a number of other A-list artists including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Katy Perry…
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“Don’t you remember you told me you loved me, baby?”
You might not recognize the Carpenters’ “Superstar” the moment it starts playing, but once Karen Carpenter’s voice starts belting the chorus, you know exactly what you’re listening to and want to sing along.
While the Carpenters’ version of “Superstar” is the most popular, they were not the first or last to try and make the song their own. This begs the question: Does being the most popular make it the best?
Let’s listen and see…
Delaney & Bonnie
Delaney and Bonnie were the original performers of “Groupie (Superstar)” (the name of the song when they first recorded it). Written in 1969 by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell — a famous session musician — Delaney and Bonnie’s version of the song is a little more bluesy than the Carpenters’ and a heck of a lot more soulful. This isn’t surprising, since…
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By Annie Reuter
Elton John will help bring Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the big screen.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed today (Feb. 5) that John’s Rocket Pictures recently acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. John will executive produce the animated musical with Lloyd Webber and Rice, while Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish (Elton’s hubby) will produce the film.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived,” Shaw said in a release. “We are excited about the huge potential of a contemporary animated version, and we’re thrilled to bring this to the big screen in partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.”
Three classic rock acts are hitting the road for a hit-packed joint tour this summer Foreigner, Styx and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder announced a three-month trek across the U.S. to be dubbed the ‘Soundtrack Of Summer Tour’ kicking off May 16 in Oklahoma City.
“It’s very exciting to be out there together, thirty years after we all had number one albums and everything. And having (Felder), who was an obvious contributor to the writing side of the Eagles and does lots of Eagles songs in his show, that will make a nice complement,” Styx guitarist James “J.Y.” Young told Billboard. “It has the potential to be the most successful of anything we’ve ever done with us in a co-headline position like this.”
With a combined 250 million albums sold and 36 #1 and top 10 hits, the three legendary acts have plenty of hits between them to…
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That old saying is “happy wife, happy life” right? Here’s more proof that makes that old adage even more true! A news study claims that guys who watch romantic comedies with their significant others get divorced less than the ones that don’t! Take a listen to the other details of this study in this newscast!
This is one of those mornings where you shouldn’t be out on the road unless you really have to be! Check out just how much snow we’re suppose to get by the time this storms finishes up later this afternoon!
Some republican lawmakers want to end “lame duck” voting down in Springfield. Just what is that you ask? You’ll know what it is and why some people hate it after hearing this newscast!
If you and your dog fell into the lake, who would you want to be rescued first. Check out what a man…
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Roger Hodgson, the former frontman of Supertramp responsible for having written some of the best progressive rock songs of the ’70s and ’80s, will very likely be having “breakfast in America” when he headlines the 27th Naperville Ribfest this July.
“We are excited to bring another new band of this caliber to Ribfest and the Naperville Area,” says Dan Deboo, the 2014 Ribfest Chair. “Roger Hodgson has written & sung dozens of the great rock songs with many hits that have become standards. We are looking forward to a fabulous performance by the former lead singer of Supertramp.”
Some of the hits Hodgson has written includes “Give a Little Bit,” “The Logical Song,” “Breakfast in America,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Dreamer,” “It’s Raining Again,” “School,” and “Fool’s Overture.”
The 27th Naperville Ribfest will be held July 3 – 6, 2014, in Knoch Park. Aside from concerts and ribs…
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Certainly our thoughts about privacy changed last year. With the NSA disclosures and the seemingly weekly data breaches from commercial businesses, we longer have any expectation of our right to privacy. Or perhaps we now have a more realistic view of how much of our data tracks are being monitored.
Will consumers just be angry, or do businesses have to step up their game and actually deliver on better privacy protection? Are we really at risk to the extent that our government spy masters say we are when they give software demos on 60 Minutes? Does our right to privacy trump other rights, such as the right to a fair jury trial or freedom of speech? Just how much data do Snowden and his allies still have access to?
There are still plenty of revelations about the extent of the NSA’s abilities, as we saw at the end of…
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