December 7, 2016

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    Paul G. Allen


    Dan Savage’s Open Letter to Paul Allen on Lidding I-5, Righting a Wrong, and Leaving a Legacy

    The Stranger

    Dear Paul,

    God, I fucking hate open letters. Some asshole writes something, addresses you in the first person, tosses it up somewhere, and you’re somehow obligated to drop whatever you’re doing and respond. I’ve made it a policy never to take the bait, Paul, because responding to one asshole’s open letter means getting open letters from two dozen other assholes.

    And fuck that, right?…

     


    Study Suggests Possible New Target for Treating, Preventing Alzheimer’s

    Drug Discovery and Development

    A new scientific discovery may provide a future avenue for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

    A study published Nov. 28 in the journal JAMA Neurology examined aquaporin-4, a type of membrane protein in the brain. Using brains donated for scientific research, researchers at OHSU discovered a correlation between the prevalence of aquaporin-4 among older people who did not suffer from Alzheimer’s as compared to those who had the disease….

     

    Vulcan Real Estate


    Facebook to double its Seattle office empire with 2 new buildings

    Construction Dive

    Facebook will take over two Seattle office buildings in the third quarter of 2018, giving the company room to potentially double its capacity in the city from 2,000 employees to 4,000, according to the Seattle Times.

    The company will lease the $246 million yet-to-be-built properties from Vulcan Real Estate, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen…

     


    City wants help naming new park in Yesler Terrace

    Seattle Times

    Denny. Carkeek. Magnolia. Me-Kwa-Mooks. Hing Hay. Genesee. The names of Seattle’s parks are part of what makes them special.

    And now Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for help naming a new park that’s going to be built as part of the redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood….

     

    Vulcan Aerospace


    Rocket men: why tech’s biggest billionaires want their place in space

    The Guardian

    The explosion could be felt 30 miles away. At 9.07am on 1 September, a SpaceX rocket containing 75,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene ignited into a fireball that could be seen from orbit, billowing black smoke into the gray sky around its Cape Canaveral launch pad.

    On board was a $200m, 12,000lb communications satellite – part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org project to deliver broadband access to sub-Saharan Africa…

     

    Allen Institute for Brain Science


    Who’s that? A machine is learning to recognize faces like humans

    World Economic Forum

    MIT researchers and their colleagues have developed a new computational model of the human brain’s face-recognition mechanism that seems to capture aspects of human neurology that previous models have missed.

    The researchers designed a machine-learning system that implemented their model, and they trained it to recognize particular faces by feeding it a battery of sample images. They found that the trained system included an intermediate processing step that represented a face’s degree of rotation — say, 45 degrees from center — but not the direction — left or right…

     

    Great Elephant Census


    Elizabeth Volkmann: The Enormous Elephant Run aids Kenyan wildlife trust

    Daily Hampshire Gazette

    The temperature was a balmy 60 degrees on a mid-November day and spirits were high on the sidewalks of New York City.

    At the entrance of Central Park and 79th St., I held up a sign that read The Enormous Elephant Run, though most people were initially drawn to the soft gray elephant ears I wore upon my head. “Elephant Run?” they asked. I nodded, ears flapping and held the sign higher in confirmation. “That way!” I said and pointed in the general direction of the registration tables. “Balloons and people everywhere. You can’t miss it.”..

     

    Smart City Challenge


    The Right and Wrong Ways to Regulate Self-Driving Cars

    Harvard Business Review

    Self-driving, autonomous vehicles — a topic of speculation, if not science fiction, just five years ago — are suddenly going mainstream. Every major car manufacturer is offering prototypes or early models of cars that do most of the driving automatically, including luxury models from Tesla with a built-in “autopilot” feature. Startups and major tech companies, notably Alphabet’s Google X division, are investing heavily in smart car technology, as are network ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

    This means self-driving cars have shifted from a period of wild experimentation directly to market adoption — what Paul Nunes and I describe in our 2013 HBR article as “big bang” disruption…

     


    Foxx announces US$300m funding for University Transportation Centers

    Traffic Technology Today

    The work of UTCs will help the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) meet the impacts outlined in the ‘Beyond Traffic’ report, which documents the trends and challenges to the country’s transportation system over the next 30 years. Combined with the projects resulting from agency’s ‘Smart City Challenge’ competition, and programs such as the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program and the Mobility-on-Demand Sandbox, USDOT is using multiple programs to bring innovative transportation solutions to cities across the country. To support the agency’s work, the UTC funding includes awards of up to US$72.5m for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, and subsequent awards using Federal FY17-FY20 funding will be made annually, subject to availability of funds and grantee compliance with grant terms and conditions…

     


    USDOT awards $300M for UTC grants

    RT&S

    The announcement includes awards of as much as $72.5 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Representatives say additional funding will be made available through awards allotted in years to come using Federal FY17–FY20 funds, which will be contingent on the availability of funds and recipients’ compliance with grant terms and conditions.

    “Our nation faces unprecedented challenges from population growth, a changing climate and increasing freight volumes. Universities are at the forefront of identifying solutions, researching critical emerging issues and ensuring improved access to opportunity for all Americans,” said Secretary Foxx. “This competition supports the future transportation workforce by providing students with opportunities to take part in cutting-edge research with leading experts in the field.”…

     


    $300M in University Transportation Center grants announced

    Metro Magazine

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $300.3 million in grants to 32 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation. The announcement includes awards of up to $72.5 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

    Subsequent awards using Federal FY17 – FY20 funding will be made annually, subject to availability of funds and grantee compliance with grant terms and conditions…

     


    An Exit Interview With the Woman Who Drove Pittsburgh Into the Innovation Age

    City Lab

    The Pittsburgh that exists in many people’s imaginations is covered in smokestacks and smog—a city of the past, not a metropolis of the future. In reality, Pittsburgh is increasingly becoming one of the most technologically advanced cities in the U.S., the testing ground for autonomous cars and other innovations that have yet to hit the main stage. Even the way Pittsburgh serves its residents is an experimental notch above many, as seen in apps like Bird’s Eye View, which city officials created to allow users to spatially map where problems like build­ing code violat­ions and pub­lic safe­ty in­ci­dents are happening throughout the city…

     

    Flying Heritage Collection


    Museum puts recollections of Pearl Harbor, other battles online

    Spokesman Review

    With the help of a software billionaire, an Everett museum is preserving both the memories of World War II veterans and the planes and tanks they fought in.

    On Wednesday’s 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field will debut “Chronicles in Courage,” an online collection of video interviews with former combatants in that battle and the rest of the war, as well as later conflicts…

     

    Museum of Pop Culture


    CEO Resigns at Paul Allen’s Newly Christened Museum of Pop Culture

    Artnet

    Last month Paul Allen’s Seattle institution—designed by starchitect Frank Gehry—announced that it will now be called the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, a rename of the former Experience Music Project (EMP). Today comes news that the longtime CEO and director, Patty Isacson Sabee, will step down from the museum at the end of the year. Sabee, who served 10 years with the museum, was named CEO in 2014.

    According to geekwire Sabee is leaving to “pursue other interests,” though these interests were not specified. In the interim, Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers and vice president of the MoPOP Board of Directors, has assumed a leadership position at MoPOP and is working with the board and its chairman Paul Allen to finalize a transition plan…

     

    Portland Trail Blazers


    Bill Walton Back With Trail Blazers as Azuñia Tequila Takes Top Shelf as Official Team Sponsor

    PR Web

    Azuñia Tequila* and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers announced today that the estate-crafted tequila – the exclusive U.S. export of Agaveros Unidos de Amatitán – is teaming up with the Portland Trail Blazers in a multi-year agreement, providing Azuñia significant visibility and consumer engagement at Trail Blazers home games and through the team’s traditional and digital marketing channels. Azuñia also becomes an official Trail Blazers sponsor in the wine and spirits product category.

    Azuñia will be featured during Trail Blazers home games and other events and through a series of fan events featuring former team star Bill Walton, in-venue signage, and additional digital marketing activities…

    December 6, 2016

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    Paul G. Allen


    Cargo ship owners admit crushing reef

    Cayman News Service

    The owners of the 100-metre cargo vessel, Saga, that ran aground in George Town Harbour off Eden Rock last month have admitted crushing the reef and have engaged marine experts to assess the damage and remove the rubble and coral that cannot be reattached. Environment Minister Wayne Panton said the company had “stepped up and taken responsibility” and the priority now was assessing the extent of the damage.

    Panton said the experts will be assessing the degree of coral loss and what can be restored before government can come to an agreement with the insurance company and the level of compensation required…

     


    SA: Cutting-edge treatment available for untreatable cancers

    Science & Technology World

    The Life Healthcare Group, one of South Africa’s leading hospital groups brings sophisticated radiation cancer technology to cancer patients in the Midlands, utilising a highly qualified and dedicated team at Life Hilton Private Hospital to ensure that patients get the best care possible.

    Cancer is a condition that affects not only cancer patients but their family and community as a whole, from diagnosis to treatment, and should be managed as a collective with all role players doing their part to achieve the best outcomes for patients. “At Life Healthcare we are especially proud of the advances we’ve made in offering a technologically innovative radiotherapy unit at our Life Hilton Private Hospital. We strive to deliver market leading quality care across our service offerings and one of the ways we can do this is through being at the forefront of providing innovative technology to our patients”, says André Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of Life Healthcare Group…

     


    Shakespeare ‘soap operas’ on PBS

    Charlotte Observer

    Americans can be a little squirrelly when it comes to Shakespeare’s plays. We needn’t be. The director of two “king” plays coming to PBS describes them as our first soap operas.

    “They were the most successful plays that Shakespeare had ever written up to that point,” says British director Dominic Cooke, “hugely commercial. The structure of soap opera is taken from these, as, by the way, is ‘Game of Thrones,’ which is based on the original plays.”…

     


    Researchers identify brain protein as potential target for Alzheimer’s research

    Consumer Affairs

    Recently, researchers began developing a potential therapy for concussions, using an FDA-approved drug that helps reduce the harmful effects of swelling. Specifically, they found that the expression of a certain membrane protein called aquaporin-4 increased dramatically after a head injury and caused damage.

    While work on that project continues, other experts believe that aquaporin-4 may be a prime target for Alzheimer’s research. A study conducted by researchers from Oregon Health & Science University has revealed a connection between the protein and possible prevention of the brain disease. While it may not materialize into a lasting cure, the researchers believe that their work could contribute to future therapies and prevention strategies…

     


    How Donald Trump’s Private Plane Compares to Air Force One

    Hollywood Reporter

    The president-elect will have to give up the gold-plated seat belts and 57-inch high-definition TV screen on the Boeing 757 he bought from mogul Paul Allen, but he’ll gain access to a treadmill, top-secret encrypted communications system and operating room stocked with his blood.

    Unlike any previous president-elect, Donald Trump already has his own aerial fleet (a Boeing 757-200 airliner, a Cessna Citation X business jet and two Sikorsky S-76Bs), on which he has hosted pals Stephen Baldwin, Dennis Rodman and Gary Busey…

     

    Allen Institute for Brain Science


    MIT team replicates brain’s face recognition

    Planet Biometrics

    A team of researchers from MIT has used machine learning to develop a new computational model of the human brain’s face-recognition mechanism.

    The system was trained to recognize particular faces by feeding it a battery of sample images. The scientists found that the trained system included an intermediate processing step that represented a face’s degree of rotation – say, 45 degrees from centre – but not the direction – left or right, reports MIT News…

     

    Allen Institute for Cell Science


    Team releases gene edited human stem cell lines

    Gate 2 Biotech

    The Allen Institute for Cell Science has released the Allen Cell Collection: the first publicly available collection of gene edited, fluorescently tagged human induced pluripotent stem cells that target key cellular structures with unprecedented clarity.
    Kredit: Allen Institute for Cell Science.

    These powerful tools are a crucial first step toward visualizing the dynamic organization of cells to better understand what makes human cells healthy and what goes wrong in disease…

     

    Smart City Challenge


    Recipients Announced for University Transportation Center Grants

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    The choices we make about future transportation projects, the people they touch and places they connect, will play a critical role in determining how widely opportunity expands throughout America. Opportunity begins with thoughtful, creative minds and transcends from concept to reality. Through the USDOT University Transportation Centers (UTC) Grant Program, we’ve witnessed tremendous interest in propelling our aging transportation system into a cleaner, more efficient and connected future.

    Since 1987, the UTC program has funded critical academic research on issues vital to the long-term safety and vitality of the nation’s transportation system, while opening doors for men and women who want to use their careers to do something about it. That’s why today, I am pleased to announce the recipients of over $300 million in five-year grants to 32 UTCs…

     


    U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $300 Million for University Transportation Center Grants

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today $300.3 million in grants to 32 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation. The announcement includes awards of up to $72.5 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Subsequent awards using Federal FY17 – FY20 funding will be made annually, subject to availability of funds and grantee compliance with grant terms and conditions.

    “Our nation faces unprecedented challenges from population growth, a changing climate, and increasing freight volumes. Universities are at the forefront of identifying solutions, researching critical emerging issues, and ensuring improved access to opportunity for all Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This competition supports the future transportation workforce by providing students with opportunities to take part in cutting-edge research with leading experts in the field…

     


    CEO of the Year: Lisa Ingram, president & CEO, White Castle System, Inc.

    Columbus CEO

    This month, Lisa Ingram wraps up her inaugural year as CEO of White Castle. Ingram’s father, Bill, and other third-generation leaders spent the last five years preparing to hand the family burger business over to the fourth.

    “I think my father—and really the whole third generation—has done a great job of setting up the company and myself for this transition,” says Ingram. She works alongside eight of her cousins and siblings…

     

    Portland Trail Blazers


    Evan Turner and his Chicago homecoming: Why a circle of friends still important

    Comcast Sports Northwest

    Sunday evening dinner had bled into Monday morning at downtown Chicago’s Tavern on Rush, when Evan Turner called it a night.

    He was at the steakhouse for dinner with family and friends, and by the time they left at 1 a.m., the gathering might have been more of a therapy session than a homecoming…

    December 5, 2016

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    Paul G. Allen


    Study suggests possible new target for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s

    Pharma Industry Trade Platform

    A new scientific discovery may provide a future avenue for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. A study published Nov. 28 in the journal JAMA Neurology examined aquaporin-4, a type of membrane protein in the brain. Using brains donated for scientific research, researchers at OHSU discovered a correlation between the prevalence of aquaporin-4 among older people who did not suffer from Alzheimer’s as compared to those who had the disease.

    “It suggests that aquaporin-4 might be a useful target in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease,” said senior author Jeffrey Iliff, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine. “However, we aren’t under any illusion that if we could just fix this one thing, then we’d be able to cure Alzheimer’s Disease.”…

     


    Can Nuclear Fusion Get A Gust Of Wind With Trump’s Supposed Support?

    Environment Guru

    If there is an ideal energy form, it is nuclear fusion. But the technology is one of those that is always within reach but still so far away. With that, though, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that it is advancing the ball, as is a group of nations hard at work trying to build the first fusion reactor before 2035.

    ITER, or the International Nuclear Fusion Project, is a partnership among the Europe Union’s member states, the United States, Russia, China, India and South Korea to get a fusion demonstration project up -and-running. At least $20 billion has gone into that research and development – and far more will be required…

     


    Ship owner accepts liability for Eden Rock damage

    Cayman Compass

    The owner of the cargo ship that ran into Eden Rock reef two weeks ago has accepted liability for damage at the site, according to the Department of Environment.

    The 328-foot cargo ship Saga had to be pulled free by tugboats when it ran into the reef, a popular site for shore diving and snorkeling off the George Town waterfront. The impact sheared off the tops of shallow coral heads, leaving rubble in its wake…

     

    Vulcan Real Estate


    Relocation of Weyerhaeuser to central Seattle part of wave

    Democrat Gazette

    The new headquarters building of Weyerhaeuser seems an exception to other office buildings in this waterfront city. Instead of a tower on a busy street, this new corporate base is a horizontal structure with a front door that opens onto a public park.

    Tucked inside a group of 19th-century buildings, the steel-and-glass home of Weyerhaeuser, a wood products and timberlands company, is almost hidden by a row of trees…

     


    Weyerhaeuser moves from the woods to urban Seattle

    The Register Guard

    The new headquarters of Weyerhaeuser seem an exception to other office buildings in this waterfront city. Instead of a tower on a busy street, this new corporate base is a horizontal structure with a front door that opens onto a public park.

    Tucked inside a group of 19th-century buildings, the steel-and-glass home of Weyerhaeuser, a wood products and timberlands company, is almost hidden by a row of trees…

     

    Vulcan Aerospace


    Rocket men: why tech’s biggest billionaires want their place in space

    The Guardian

    The explosion could be felt 30 miles away. At 9.07am on 1 September, a SpaceX rocket containing 75,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene ignited into a fireball that could be seen from orbit, billowing black smoke into the gray sky around its Cape Canaveral launch pad.

    On board was a $200m, 12,000lb communications satellite – part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org project to deliver broadband access to sub-Saharan Africa…

     


    Richard Branson’s second space plane makes its first free flight, more than two years after Virgin tragedy that killed pilot

    Daily Mail

    Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo performed its first free flight on Saturday, bringing the dream of space tourism one step closer after a fatal crash in 2014 stalled the company’s plans.

    The second SpaceShipTwo, named VSS Unity, and its carrier aircraft WhiteKnightTwo took off at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California around 9.50am…

     


    Facebook set to double Seattle presence with another big new office

    Spokesman Review

    Facebook, which just opened a big Seattle office, is expanding again by leasing a pair of new South Lake Union buildings with the potential to double the tech giant’s presence in Seattle.

    Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate announced Friday that Facebook will be the sole office tenant of its new Arbor Blocks project, which just got underway along Eighth Avenue North between Harrison and Thomas streets…

     

    Allen Institute for Brain Science


    MIT Researchers’ AI Mimicked Brain’s Facial Recognition

    iTech Post

    Are you fascinated by the brain’s ability to recognize a face at any angle? MIT scientists may soon be able to answer why. They were able to design a machine-learning system which is trained to recognize particular faces by feeding it with a battery of sample images. This breakthrough was revealed at the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM).

    MIT’s unnamed trained system is a model of how the human brain recognizes the face. It was trained to identify particular visages from a battery of sample images that was fed into it. The program created intermediate processing step that looked at “a face’s degree of rotation – say 45 degrees from center – but not the direction.”…

     

    Smart City Challenge


    Google makes plans to build smart city

    Alphr

    Google has confirmed that it is planning its own urban district, and hasn’t ruled out a running a competition to encourage smart city development.

    In a Medium post, Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Google’s urban innovation organisation Sidewalk Labs, said the company is thinking of innovative solutions for urban areas in order to make cities more advanced and efficient…

     

    Seattle Seahawks


    Despite Panthers’ struggles, bad karma, Seahawks stay focused

    Seattle Pi

    During a victory lap around Bank of American Stadium after Carolina’s NFC divisional round playoff win over the Seahawks, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — the 2015 NFL MVP — grabbed a “12” flag from the stands and threw it to the ground, a move that irked Seattle fans and players alike.

    The Panthers would go on to rout the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC championship game before dropping Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos. But after entering the 2016 campaign as one of the favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI, things haven’t gone according to plan…

     

    Portland Trail Blazers


    The Evolution of Maurice Harkless; Portland’s New Swiss Army Knife

    Fox Sports

    Over the course of last season, Harkless was used progressively more by head coach Terry Stotts. His increased playing time is a result of the modern NBA, where versatility is a premium. By the playoffs, Harkless had cemented his spot as the team’s starting small forward, playing an important role in the Blazers 4-2 series win over the Los Angeles Clippers. After the playoffs, he became a restricted free agent, leaving doubt over his future as a Trail Blazer.

    Olshey had an abundant level of cap space and wanted to test the market. There was uncertainty over the future of our own free agents, such as Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard to go along with Harkless. When Olshey chased free agents such as Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons (eventually signing Evan Turner), it seemed that he wouldn’t be able to afford Harkless…

    December 2, 2016

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    Paul G. Allen


    Musicians are leaving Seattle. Can Paul Allen stop them?

    KUOW

    Bill Radke speaks with music journalist and Seattle native Ann Powers about Paul Allen’s newest venture: a three-day music festival and industry conference called Upstream.

    Festival organizers say they will “collide music, gaming, tech, media, design, and more to tackle today’s toughest industry challenges and open up opportunities within the new entertainment economy.”…

     


    This technology can be used to heal wounds

    Gadgets Now

    Scientists have successfully used a mild electric current to kill drug-resistant bacterial infections, a technology that may eventually be used to treat chronic and serious wound infections.

    Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) in the US used an antibiotic in combination with the electric current to kill all of the highly persistent Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 bacteria in their samples.

    The bacteria is responsible for chronic and serious infections in people with lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, and in chronic wounds…

     


    Big companies in Seattle are investing in the other faces of homelessness

    My Northwest

    The faces of homelessness that most people see in Seattle are of young men standing or sleeping on street corners, begging for money or in the throes of drug withdrawal. Those are not the faces that Mary’s Place serves on a daily basis.

    And that’s the reason KIRO Radio’s Don O’Neill says the nonprofit is getting a major financial lift from Starbucks and other local businesses…

     


    Study suggests possible new target for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s

    Eureka Alert

    A new scientific discovery may provide a future avenue for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

    A study published Nov. 28 in the journal JAMA Neurology examined aquaporin-4, a type of membrane protein in the brain. Using brains donated for scientific research, researchers at OHSU discovered a correlation between the prevalence of aquaporin-4 among older people who did not suffer from Alzheimer’s as compared to those who had the disease…

     


    Grateful for the world of politics

    Courier Herald

    With Thanksgiving still a warm memory, we take a few moments to consider those with reason to be thankful for what transpired this past election season.

    Gov. Jay Inslee should send thank-you cards to the Koch Brothers, executives of Washington’s oil industry and leaders of the Association of Washington Business for their takedown of Initiative 732. That ballot measure aimed to do what Inslee wants to do — fight climate change and reform the state’s regressive tax system. Still, he opposed it as it didn’t do those things the way he liked. But the governor didn’t expend any political capital fighting it because Big Oil, a slew of small businesses and a couple of unions spent wads of money waging the successful battle for its defeat…

     

    Vulcan Inc.


    SJW GROUP : Change in Directors or Principal Officers

    4 Traders

    Gregory P. Landis was appointed to the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of SJW Group (the “Company”) on November 30, 2016. Mr. Landis joined the Audit Committee and was also appointed to the Board of Directors of San Jose Water Company and SJW Land Company, each a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.

    Gregory P. Landis is Counsel to Yarmuth Wilsdon, PLLC since April 2016 and Senior Advisor to TerraPower, LLC since January 2015. Mr. Landis served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of TerraPower, LLC from January 2013 until January 2015. From November 2007 until June 2011, Mr. Landis served as General Counsel at Intellectual Ventures. He also served as Senior Legal Advisor of Intellectual Ventures from June 2011 through December 2012. Mr. Landis was the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Vulcan Inc. from 2005 to 2007, and from 1995 to 2005 was the General Counsel of AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., where he also served as Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary. From 1985 until 1995, Mr. Landis was a partner at the law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen…

     

    Allen Institute for Brain Science


    How the brain recognizes faces

    MIT News

    MIT researchers and their colleagues have developed a new computational model of the human brain’s face-recognition mechanism that seems to capture aspects of human neurology that previous models have missed.

    The researchers designed a machine-learning system that implemented their model, and they trained it to recognize particular faces by feeding it a battery of sample images. They found that the trained system included an intermediate processing step that represented a face’s degree of rotation — say, 45 degrees from center — but not the direction — left or right…

     

    Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence


    Researchers mimic how we recognize faces through artificial intelligence

    ZD Net

    MIT researchers have developed a computational model which aims to capture the human elements of facial recognition and implement it in our artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems.

    On Thursday, MIT revealed the research, conducted at the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM), headquartered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…

     


    A.I. Can Teach Itself to Recognize Faces Now

    Inverse

    The goal of roboticists has long been to make A.I. as efficient as the human brain, and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology just brought them one step closer.

    In a recent paper, published in the journal Biology, scientists were able to successfully train a neural network to recognize faces at different angles by feeding it a set of different orientations for several face templates. Although this only initially gave the neural network the ability to roughly reach invariance — the ability to process data regardless of form — over time, the network taught itself to achieve full “mirror symmetry. Through mathematical algorithms, the neural network was able to mimic the human brain’s ability to understand objects are the same despite orientation or rotation…

     

    Zika Virus


    Zika in Fetal Brain Tissue Responds to a Popular Antibiotic

    Health Canal

    Working in the lab, UC San Francisco researchers have identified fetal brain tissue cells that are targeted by the Zika virus and determined that azithromycin, a common antibiotic regarded as safe for use during pregnancy, can prevent the virus from infecting these cells.

    Rough estimates indicate that between 1 percent and 13 percent of women infected during early pregnancy by the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the tropical mosquito Aedes aegypti, are giving birth to infants with microcephaly, a condition that is characterized by an undersized head and brain damage. There currently is no treatment to prevent the virus from harming the fetus, and the biological mechanism through which microcephaly arises as a result of infection has been a mystery…

     

    Smart City Challenge


    Google makes plans to build smart city

    IT Pro

    Google confirmed that it is planning its own urban district, and said it might be running a contest for it in future.

    In a Medium post, Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Google’s urban innovation organisation Sidewalk Labs, said the company is thinking of innovative solutions for urban areas, that could make cities more advanced and efficient…

     


    Should driverless vehicles head our way? Editorial Board Roundtable

    Cleveland.com

    If you see a truck along Ohio 33 or the Ohio Turnpike with no one in the driver’s seat, and a rider in the cab, don’t panic.

    It could be a test run of one of the nation’s first driverless trucks with a professional driver on board to take over in case of mishaps — and Ohio is hoping to be in the driver’s seat, figuratively, during the research and testing phase…

     

    Seeing Nature


    New Orleans Museum of Art Odyssey Ball celebrates the big 5-0

    Times Picaynne

    It has been quite a journey for the New Orleans Museum of Art and its Odyssey Ball, which marked its 50th anniversary on Nov. 12. There has been only one break, in 2005 because of Hurricane Katrina, for this event that celebrates, and is a benefit for, the museum.

    It was quite a responsibility for event co-chairs Susu and Andrew Stall, who with their committee, NOMA staff, volunteers, Z Event Company and other talented vendors created a one-of-a-kind scene for partygoers, fitting for such a milestone occasion…

     

    Museum of Pop Culture


    PWWA’s Executive Director Michael Harris stepping down after 5 years at the helm

    San Juan Islander

    After five years at the helm, Michael Harris is stepping down as Executive Director of Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA), focusing on the “other half of his life,” as a producer and photojournalist for ABC News and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. PWWA will be eliminating the Executive Director position it created for Harris, relying on its annually elected officers to direct the trade group.

     


    Architect Frank Gehry refines his art with the Fondation Louis Vuitton gallery in Paris

    AFR

    Strange as it may seem, Frank Gehry, the volcanic improviser of freeform structures unlike anything seen since the irrational fantasies of German Expressionists a century ago, has attained the stature of those visionaries’ contemporary, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the hyperrational codifier of modern architectural reason. Though Gehry’s precepts are not at all as regularised as Mies’, Gehry Technologies – the computer-programming offshoot of the Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners – has disseminated the digital means for his coprofessionals to realise irregular structural shapes (colloquially known as blob architecture) of a kind once attainable only through laborious skilled craftsmanship, like that of nonconformist predecessors including Antoní Gaudí. The world today perceives architecture in an entirely different light thanks to Gehry…

     

    Seattle Seahawks


    Glasses, a hoodie and wings: How Thomas watched loss to Bucs

    Bellingham Herald

    What did Earl Thomas do during the first Seahawks game he’s ever missed?

    Did he pace around his house, nervous and frustrated he could not help from across the country as his teammates played at Tampa Bay?

    Did the notoriously intense Thomas finally give up trying to watch the game on television and take his daughter, Kaleigh Rose, to the park?…

     


    Earl Thomas watched Seahawks loss at Tampa in a Portland Buffalo Wild Wings; “hoodie on, glasses”

    The News Tribune

    The story of what Earl Thomas did during the first game he’s ever missed in college or the NFL is SO Earl Thomas.

    “To be totally honest, man, I’m trying to put that behind me, bro,” the Seahawks’ three-time All-Pro free safety said on his way out to practice Thursday, three days before he’s expected to return against Carolina from a strained hamstring…

    December 1, 2016

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    An Unassuming Funder Bets Big Against Alzheimer’s

    Inside Philanthropy

    There’s a reason we obsessively cover funding efforts aimed at combating Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. It’s been estimated that America will need to spend a trillion dollars a year by 2050 to care for those struggling with Alzheimer’s, a terrifying projection—to say nothing of the devastating human toll on individuals and families.

    Demographics are driving this coming crisis. According to the Pew Research Center, some 10,000 individuals per day celebrate their 65th birthdays. That trend is expected to continue until around 2030…

     


    Phillips closes gap in auction-house race

    Straits Times

    When fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger wanted to sell five works from his collection of pop and contemporary art at auction this autumn, he considered Sotheby’s and Christie’s, but ultimately took them to Phillips, long considered a distant third behind those two behemoths.

    “I decided this would be the best house,” he said. “They did a great job.”…

     

    Vulcan Inc.


    HPE Dumps OpenStack, Cloud Foundry Assets Onto SUSE

    Data Center Knowledge

    In what would appear to be a reversal of a commitment made last July to maintain a presence in the OpenStack market, amid the sale of its software division to Micro Focus, its SUSE division announced Wednesday that HPE has agreed to hand over its interest in both the OpenStack hybrid cloud platform and Cloud Foundry cloud-native apps platform.

    SUSE’s announcement describes the transaction as a unilateral deal, topped off by HPE’s decision to name SUSE its preferred open source partner for Cloud Foundry and OpenStack, as well as Linux…

     

    Vulcan Capital


    Family Capital Investor of the Year: The Pritzker Group

    Family Capital

    Welcome to Family Capital’s Investor of the Year Award. Every year, Family Capital looks closely at the entrepreneurs and family investors doing interesting deals, particularly the ones that stand out and are likely to make a difference to the global economy.

    This year, Family Capital’s Investor of the Year goes to the Pritzker Group and its two principals – brothers Tony and JB Pritzker. The group has become one of the most interesting family-led investment groups anywhere – and this year was a particularly busy one for the Pritzker Group. It has arguably become the biggest family-backed venture capital group in the world, with deals done by the group’s venture capital arm amounting to an impressive 26 in the calendar year from the beginning of December 2015, according to CrunchBase. And they were worth close to $300 million…

     

    Vulcan Productions


    2017 Sundance Film Festival Announces Competition and Next Lineup

    Broadway World

    Sundance Institute convenes a full slate of provocative and agenda-setting independent films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, beginning with today’s announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT, as well as a slate of environmentally focused programming under the Festival’s New Climate program. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort January 19-29.

    The Festival celebrates creativity and independence at the summit of the Institute’s year-round public programming, which also includes festivals in London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Sundance Institute programs support artists year-round, with more than $2.5 million in grants and 25 global residency Labs across theatre, film, New Frontier and episodic content…

     


    Sundance Film Festival 2017: First 66 Films Announced

    Sundance

    Sundance Institute convenes a full slate of provocative and agenda-setting independent films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, beginning with the announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT, as well as a slate of environmentally focused programming under the Festival’s New Climate program. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort Jan. 19-29.

    The Festival celebrates creativity and independence at the summit of the Institute’s year-round public programming, which also includes festivals in London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Sundance Institute programs support artists year-round, with more than $2.5 million in grants and 25 global residency Labs across theatre, film, New Frontier and episodic content…

     

    Allen Institute for Cell Science


    Secret Lives Of Human Cells Can Make A Breakthrough In Human Lives, A Nonprofit Research Group Suggests

    Parent Herald

    Allen Institute for Cell Science provided access on Wednesday to a collection of living stem cells that have been genetically altered. The glowing internal structures appeared as magical as they were while researchers say that these remain normal, healthy cells.

    The genetic alteration is done with internal structures like the nucleus and mitochondria glow. The normal, healthy cells can be spied especially when left alone; Susanne Rafelski told NPR. Rafelski, director of assay development at the Institute, said that “they are a wonder to behold.”…

     


    Allen Institute for Cell Science releases gene edited, fluorescently tagged human iPS cells

    News Medical

    The Allen Institute for Cell Science has released the Allen Cell Collection: the first publicly available collection of gene edited, fluorescently tagged human induced pluripotent stem cells that target key cellular structures with unprecedented clarity.

    Distributed through the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, these powerful tools are a crucial first step toward visualizing the dynamic organization of cells to better understand what makes human cells healthy and what goes wrong in disease…

     


    Glowing Human Cells May Shed Light On Sickness And Health

    OPB

    A nonprofit research group is giving scientists a new way to study the secret lives of human cells.

    On Wednesday, the Allen Institute for Cell Science provided access to a collection of living stem cells that have been genetically altered to make internal structures like the nucleus and mitochondria glow…

     


    How Paul Allen’s Foray Into Gene Editing Could Benefit Human Health

    Forbes

    Today the Allen Institute for Cell Science is releasing a set of gene-edited stem cells to the public that are “pluripotent,” meaning they have the ability to turn into any tissue or organ in the body. But scientists at the institute, founded by Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen, didn’t edit the cells’ genes with the intention of modifying embryos or doing anything else to rankle bioethicists who worry about CRISPR/Cas9 and other emerging gene-editing techniques.

    Rather the Allen Institute’s goal is to help scientists understand how healthy cells work—and what exactly is going on when they don’t function properly. The edited cells will be available at a small fee to scientists throughout the world, but the Allen Institute itself is already using them to study heart disease…

     

    Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence


    Techstars Teams with Amazon for Alexa Startup Accelerator in Seattle

    Xconomy

    Alexa, what’s the epicenter of innovation in speech as the new user interface?

    A good case can be made for Seattle, following an announcement today from Techstars and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN).

    Techstars, a top-tier startup accelerator with locations around the world and a major presence in Seattle since 2010, will begin a second program here next year in partnership with Amazon’s Alexa Fund. The aim is to attract and support “early-stage companies advancing the state-of-the-art in voice-powered technologies, interfaces and applications, with a focus on Alexa domains such as connected home, wearables and hearables, enterprise, communication devices, connected car and health and wellness,” writes Techstars’ executive director Cody Simms in a blog post…

     

    Ebola Program


    Catastrophic Global Risks: A Silicon Valley Funder Thinks the Unthinkable

    Inside Philanthropy

    There’s a reason we love to write about Good Ventures, the philanthropic vehicle of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna. It’s fascinating to watch a young foundation power up that is backstopped by billions of dollars and yet unencumbered by pre-existing grantmaking obligations. Along with its partner, the Open Philanthropy Project (OPP), Good Ventures has seized on a unique opportunity to step back to ask what are the most critical problems in the world that need to be solved.

    We’ve written about how the ideas of effective altruism have guided this effort, informing OPP’s grantmaking in areas like global health and development, as well as animal welfare and criminal justice. But maybe more intriguing is how OPP has been pondering the kind of existential threats to civilization that most of us would rather not think about. Through its Global Catastrophic Risks program, the Open Philanthropy Project has sought to identify and investigate what it calls “risks that could be globally destabilizing enough to permanently worsen humanity’s future or lead to human extinction.”…

     

    Smart City Challenge


    The race for smart cities from the leading edge of tech

    Read Write

    One of the more interesting trends in technology is the global race currently underway for the truly smart city. The U.S Department of Transportation recently announced the City of Columbus, Ohio as the winner of a $40 million dollar Smart City Challenge. While this certainly helps that city’s chances, you can not simply throw money at a city to make it compete in the global race to smart. This accomplishment will require a multilayer of partnerships, with a foundation that integrates key components to work together.

    As with any competitive new market, there are startups, large companies, corporations, organizations and other groups leading the way forward. Some of the more well known leaders include Sidewalk Labs by Google, the Smart Cities Council, StratIS, Current by GE and AirBnB. I reached out to leaders of some of these organizations for more information…

     


    Smart Cities: Sensors Guide the Way

    Foreign Affairs

    Thanks to IoT technology, the future cities vision is becoming a reality — provided decision makers’ expectations are based on a sustainable business model.

    Tourists love Barcelona, and who can blame them? The urban way of life, the Mediterranean climate, stunning sights, and breathtaking architecture; these are just some of the reasons to pay an extended stay. Visitors continue to come in droves, although this is starting to wear a bit thin for the locals…

     


    Detroit hires transportation planning veteran to lead its mobility efforts

    Crains Detroit

    The city of Detroit hired a veteran in transportation planning and engineering to lead its mobility efforts.

    Mark de la Vergne started in his role this week as the chief of mobility for the city. He will oversee the city’s new mobility innovation office and spearhead pilots and “experimental” policies to deploy mobility solutions in the city, including developing a mobility plan to address the needs of city residents and work to secure funding for those initiatives…

     

    Flying Heritage Collection


    Allen collection acquisitions featured at Tanks Giving

    Village Soup

    The Flying Heritage Collection is presenting perhaps the most unusual holiday event of the season – Tanks Giving. To be held from 10-2 Saturday, Dec. 3, FHC will welcome several new artifacts acquired by Paul G. Allen- a M48, M60 and an LVT.

    Be sure to get here by 11 a.m. to greet Santa as he arrives by tank from the North Pole…

     

    Seattle Seahawks


    Seahawks Announce Fan Activities For Panthers Game on Sunday Night

    Seahakws.com

    The Seattle Seahawks announced today gameday activities for the Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers game on Sunday, December 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., stadium gates open at 2:30 p.m. and Touchdown City opens at 2 p.m. The game is presented by Safeway, the Official Supermarket of the Seahawks.

    Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and cash as part of the annual gate drive. Fans are encouraged to drop their toys at one of the following locations: Bekins Northwest Moving and Storage truck that will be staged near the northwest gate or clearly marked Toys for Tots bins around the stadium perimeter…

    November 30, 2016

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    WSU researchers rise novel record to provide ongoing wound infections

    Health Medicine Network

    A WSU investigate group has successfully used a amiable electric stream to take on and kick drug-resistant bacterial infections, a record that might eventually be used to provide ongoing wound infections.

    The researchers news on their work in a online book of npj Biofilms and Microbiomes…

     


    Researchers develop novel wound-healing technology

    Eureka Alert

    A WSU research team has successfully used a mild electric current to take on and beat drug-resistant bacterial infections, a technology that may eventually be used to treat chronic wound infections.

    The researchers report on their work in the online edition of npj Biofilms and Microbiomes…

     


    Cargo Ship Crushes George Town Reef

    Caribseek

    The Department of Environment has begun an investigation after the hull of a cargo vessel reportedly crushed a significant area of the reef in the George Town harbour when the ship ran aground.

    Government officials said inquiries are still at an early stage and they are now surveying the damage. Once the true environmental impact is identified, the environment ministry will be taking legal advice on the next course of action. “The public can rest assured that arrangements are being made so that the responsible party can make restitution,” a ministry spokesperson said…

     


    Novel wound-healing technology developed

    India Times

    Scientists have successfully used a mild electric current to kill drug-resistant bacterial infections, a technology that may eventually be used to treat chronic and serious wound infections.

    Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) in the US used an antibiotic in combination with the electric current to kill all of the highly persistent Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 bacteria in their samples…

     


    Third Place? In Auctiоn Wоrld, Phillips Is Making Strides

    Newspaper Post

    “Untitled (Devil’s Head),” bу Jean-Michel Basquiat, sold fоr $3.6 million аt Phillips оn Nov. 16.

    Thе Estate оf Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris/ARS, New York 2016, via Phillips

    When thе fashion designer Tommу Hilfiger wanted tо sell five works frоm his collection оf Pop аnd contemporarу art аt auction this fall, hе considered Sothebу’s аnd Christie’s, but ultimatelу took thеm tо Phillips, long considered a distant third behind those two behemoths. “I decided this would bе thе best house,” Mr. Hilfiger said in аn interview. “Theу did a great job.”…

     

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    Weyerhaeuser Moves Out of the Woods and Into Urban Seattle

    New York Times

    The new headquarters of Weyerhaeuser seem an exception to other office buildings in this waterfront city. Instead of a tower on a busy street, this new corporate base is a horizontal structure with a front door that opens onto a public park.

    Tucked inside a group of 19th-century buildings, the steel-and-glass home of Weyerhaeuser, a wood products and timberlands company, is almost hidden by a row of trees…

     

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    Allen Institute for cell science releases gene edited human stem cell lines

    Eureka Alert

    The Allen Institute for Cell Science has released the Allen Cell Collection: the first publicly available collection of gene edited, fluorescently tagged human induced pluripotent stem cells that target key cellular structures with unprecedented clarity.

    Distributed through the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, these powerful tools are a crucial first step toward visualizing the dynamic organization of cells to better understand what makes human cells healthy and what goes wrong in disease…

     


    Team releases gene edited human stem cell lines

    Health Medicine Network

    The Allen Institute for Cell Science has released the Allen Cell Collection: the first publicly available collection of gene edited, fluorescently tagged human induced pluripotent stem cells that target key cellular structures with unprecedented clarity.

    Distributed through the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, these powerful tools are a crucial first step toward visualizing the dynamic organization of cells to better understand what makes human cells healthy and what goes wrong in disease…

     

    Great Elephant Census


    Stop the Poaching of Endangered Species to Save Lives and Livelihoods

    Huffington Post

    From climate change to habitat loss, animals around the world are suffering steep population declines. Adding to their plight is a global demand for exotic wildlife products, which has triggered an industrial-scale killing spree of endangered species like elephants, rhinos, tigers and other endangered animals. Losing the ability to appreciate these majestic creatures in their natural habitats is not only dispiriting on a moral and emotional level, but has serious implications for multiple industries that depend on tourism dollars. Companies in the travel and tourism sectors must band together to combat this crisis—not just for the sake of the wildlife being hunted, but for the sake of their livelihoods as well…

     

    Zika Virus


    Zika in fetal brain tissue responds to a popular antibiotic

    University of California

    Working in the lab, UC San Francisco researchers have identified fetal brain tissue cells that are targeted by the Zika virus and determined that azithromycin, a common antibiotic regarded as safe for use during pregnancy, can prevent the virus from infecting these cells.

    Rough estimates indicate that between 1 percent and 13 percent of women infected during early pregnancy by the Zika virus, which is transmitted by the tropical mosquito Aedes aegypti, are giving birth to infants with microcephaly, a condition that is characterized by an undersized head and brain damage. There currently is no treatment to prevent the virus from harming the fetus, and the biological mechanism through which microcephaly arises as a result of infection has been a mystery…

     

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    What Exactly is a Smart City?

    Electronic Design

    The goal of smart cities is to improve the quality of life for its citizens through technological means, ultimately creating more sustainable cities. It is a team effort that requires many sectors of a society to safely and strategically integrate technology, information, and data solutions.

    The vision of a smart city might differ for citizens living in different geographical locations, because every city has its own challenges and needs. Some of these diverse challenges include density of the population, infrastructure, topography, transportation systems, waste-management programs, or even the disposition of the local government and private business of investing money to create smart-city initiatives…

     


    Texas Mobility Summit aims to create a ‘Smart State’

    Traffic Technology Today

    Teams from 10 Texas cities will meet in Austin on December 1-2, at the first Texas Mobility Summit, which aims to foster collaboration on a transportation strategy and advance the creation of a Smart State Consortium.

    Hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Texas Technology Task Force, the initiative aims to encourage public-private investment in the development of innovative and technology-based solutions to address the state’s mobility challenges. Input during the two-day event will be the basis for a developmental roadmap for the Smart State Consortium, an advancement of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, in which Austin was one of the seven finalists. The participating cities will look to reshape their own, and the state’s, transportation systems to become part of a fully integrated region that harnesses the power and potential of data, technology and creativity, to reimagine how people and goods move throughout Texas…

     

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    Teen hopes Star Trek Club lives long and prospers

    Los Altos Town Crier

    When teenager Angeline Chen first discovered the “Star Trek” TV series, she was hooked almost immediately.

    “When I started watching ‘Star Trek’ … I felt like the (Starship) Enterprise was a second home to me,” the Los Altos Hills resident said. “I didn’t really feel that way for other (shows), and I soon realized that was because the characters’ very strong sense of family and friendship made it seem like home.”…

    November 29, 2016

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    Containership Grounding Causes ‘Significant Damage’ to Cayman Islands’ Reef

    G Captain

    Officials in the Cayman Islands are trying to determine exactly how much damage was caused to a coral reef after the grounding of the containership MV Saga near George Town.

    The Ministry of Environment says it is aware of the incident and is in the preliminary stages of its investigation into the grounding and survey of the reef…

     


    Philanthropy Plays Increasing Role in Advancing Science

    AAAS

    Entrepreneur, filmmaker and conservationist David Evans Shaw marked the centennial of the U.S. park system by launching of an initiative dedicated to the stewardship of the nation’s most treasured canyons, forests, deserts, mountains and offshore reefs over the next century.

    Shaw, a AAAS board member, treasurer and fellow, made a $1 million gift to establish the “Second Century Stewardship” initiative in June, which got underway soon afterward at Acadia National Park in Maine. At the same time, Shaw released a feature-length film that seeks to engage science to inform how best to protect the national parks. Shaw was the executive producer of the film “Second Century Stewardship: Science Beyond the Scenery in Acadia National Park.”…

     


    Cargo ship crushes George Town reef

    Cayman News

    The Department of Environment has begun an investigation after the hull of a cargo vessel reportedly crushed a significant area of the reef in the George Town harbour when the ship ran aground. Government officials said inquiries are still at an early stage and they are now surveying the damage. Once the true environmental impact is identified, the environment ministry will be taking legal advice on the next course of action. “The public can rest assured that arrangements are being made so that the responsible party can make restitution,” a ministry spokesperson said.

    They added, “The environment is Cayman’s most precious commodity, and a viable public asset that affects our way of life. Any purported damage to our natural resources is a matter of grave concern.”…

     


    Is tech culture killing Seattle’s music and art scene?

    My Northwest

    I used to watch a lot of standup comedy in Seattle. But then something happened: all the funny comedians moved to New York or LA. Left in their wake were a bunch of amateurs, not funny enough for me to spend my money and time on. I stopped going. It was too hard to watch.

    Artists leave Seattle all the time, from comedians to improvisers, musicians, actors and visual artists. Many of them leave Seattle for greener pastures. And when I say “greener,” I’m talking about money…

     

    Vulcan Inc.


    NewArts Reminder About Giving Tuesday and Year End Donations

    Patch

    Season’s Greetings to you and your family!

    NewArts (12.14 Foundation) was formed following the tragedy of December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We developed a comprehensive program to equip children with life skills to help them rise above and go beyond their most difficult challenges. We focus on building confidence, developing character strengths and practicing emotional intelligence. As we approach 2017, I would like to update you on the progress we at NewArts have made during our fourth year of operation. Below are the highlights of our 2016 activities and achievements:…

     

    Vulcan Productions


    Hutch native involved in new Animal Planet series ‘Ocean Warriors’

    Hutchison News

    The second documentary series by a Hutchinson native for Animal Planet will premiere at 8 p.m. Sunday with back-to-back hour-long episodes.

    David Casey, now of San Francisco, is the showrunner for “Ocean Warriors,” which comes from executive producers Robert Redford, Paul Allen and others. According to a news release from Animal Planet, the six-part series focuses on conservationists battling criminals threatening Earth’s oceans…

     

    Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence


    Artificial Intelligence Could Dig Up Cures Buried Online

    Wired

    This summer, Riva-Melissa Tez was searching online for research that might help her father. He’d gone into a coma after suffering a stroke, and she wondered what the latest recommendations said—whether playing music to him in his native language could keep him connected to this world, or if giving him Prozac could boost his chances of recovery as it had done for mice in a study last year. Doctors are so busy saving lives, she thought, that they couldn’t possibly keep up with all the papers published every day…

     

    Smart City Challenge


    Texas Mobility Summit Seeks to Advance Innovation

    Gilmer Mirror

    Teams from 10 Texas cities will meet Thursday and Friday at the first Texas Mobility Summit to foster collaboration on a transportation strategy to advance the creation of a Smart State Consortium. The initiative aims to encourage public-private investment in the development of innovative and technology solutions to address the state’s mobility challenges.

    The event, hosted by the Texas Technology Task Force, will be held at the Hilton Austin Hotel. Teams consisting of a cross section of leadership from transportation and community agencies are coming from Arlington, Austin, Bryan-College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio as well as a team made up of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Southwest Research Institute…

     


    Anthony Foxx: Transportation Dept Kicks Off Search for Automated Vehicle Tech Proving Grounds

    Executive Biz

    The Transportation Department has launched the agency’s Automation Proving Ground Pilot Program to designate proving grounds for testing, demonstration and deployment of automated vehicle systems.

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that DOT will accept proposals through Dec. 19 from test tracks or testing facilities, race tracks, cities or urban cores, highway corridors and campuses…

     

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    Odyssey Ball — NOMA, Moonlight & Miracles Ochsner, Fundraising Professionals

    The Advocate

    “Champagne bubbles. That’s what it looks like.” So said a socialite as she arrived at the 50th Odyssey Ball, which was presented by IberiaBank and honored those who had chaired the past balls. She then added an enthusiastic, “Wow!” The Great Hall of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the beneficiary, was buoyantly embellished with a host of pearl white balloons for a light, elegant effect.

    Passed hors d’oeuvres and bubbly nourished the patrons, while, later, stations of sushi, prime rib, chicken pad thai, risotto, mini French desserts, and all sorts of libations indulged the galagoers. Very late night fare consisted of sliders and mac ’n’ cheese. Music, too, treated the ear, thanks to Timothee Lovelock, Gio (underwritten by Wayne Amedee, who was dancing away in the NOMA Shop Courtyard Lounge) and Karma…

     

    Seattle Seahawks


    Seahawks’ Bennett, Thomas, Shead could return vs. Panthers

    Seattle Pi

    The Seahawks came out of last week’s home contest versus the Philadelphia Eagles with a costly win. Seattle’s road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday came considerably cheaper.

    A week after losing several key players due to injury against the Eagles, tight end Luke Willson was the only Seahawks player forced to leave Sunday’s 14-5 defeat at Tampa Bay due to injury after suffering a sprained knee in the first quarter…

    November 28, 2016

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    Harvard Square Landmark Once Rooted in Print Faces Fight Over Its Future

    Asharq Al-Awsat

    Julia Child was a regular customer, scouring the Out of Town News kiosk here for German and Italian cooking magazines.

    John Kenneth Galbraith came to the kiosk every day to buy Le Monde.

    And in 1975, a young man named Paul Allen picked up a copy of Popular Electronics with a picture of a boxy personal computer on the cover; he shared it with his friend Bill Gates, and, well, the rest is history…

     

    Vulcan Inc.


    The inaugural Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award winners announced

    Travel PR News

    The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has recognized 19 recipients of its inaugural Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award, which honors individuals in the business aviation industry for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety.

    “We are impressed by the number and caliber of the nominations that came in,” said Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations. “These 19 men and women perfectly meet what Kern defined as ‘professional.’ These folks are doing their jobs with the utmost professionalism.”…

     

    Great Elephant Census


    Ivory trading nations exposed

    SA Breaking News

    The twenty-eight countries most responsible for the deaths of African elephants have been revealed in a new report but other major offenders avoided censure as they failed to provide information or seize any ivory. Three years ago there were just eight but now the countries most implicated in the illegal ivory trade have grown almost fourfold.

    Apart from some elephant range states, such as Tanzania, being major poaching hotspots, or even the predominant ivory consumer state, China, other countries like Togo, Qatar and Vietnam are guilty of being major transit hubs for the illicit flow of ivory. And it’s not just in Asia or Africa, where criminal syndicates operate but also many European countries like Belgium and Austria are as guilty of contributing to the illegal trade that has seen almost a third of Africa’s population wiped out in just seven years…

     


    Why You Should Take Your First Safari in Botswana

    Conde Nast Traveler

    Our helicopter hovered noisily over a grassy clearing beside the Okavango River, but the pilot—gripping the throttle to level us—couldn’t land. We’d taken off 30 minutes earlier from the dusty frontier town of Maun, the starting point for nearly all Botswana safaris, and had flown north to spend a few nights at the Moremi Game Reserve, where the Okavango fans into one of the earth’s great delta systems before draining into the Kalahari Desert. As we curled in closer to our target, the surface of the river rippled with a prowling crocodile, while impalas and zebras scattered beneath us. There we hung in the air, waiting for the elephants grazing peacefully in the papyrus to lumber out of our way…

     

    Seattle Seahawks


    Carroll got his 100th win — how long to get the next 100?

    The News Tribune

    Pete Carroll now starts nibbling away at his second 100 NFL regular-season wins.

    The Seahawks coach wasn’t aware of reaching the century milestone until somebody asked him about it last week, when the 26-15 beating of the Eagles pushed him to triple-digit wins in his 11th NFL season…

     


    Winston, defense lead Buccaneers over Seahawks 14-5

    The Hour

    A grieving Alterraun Verner never seriously considered staying home.

    The Tampa Bay cornerback said his late father, who died Friday, would have wanted him to play Sunday. Robert Lee Verner would have been even prouder to know his son had an interception off Russell Wilson to help inspire a 14-5 victory over the Seattle Seahawks…

     

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    Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich left dangling by AD Rob Mullens

    The Oregonian

    Rob Mullens hired Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich. Promoted him from an assistant to the big desk. Gave him a $17.5 million contract extension in Feb. 2015, too. But on Sunday, with Helfrich dangling in front of the world, Mullens did a cruel and curious thing to his football coach.

    He left him there…

    November 24, 2016

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    13 things to try before you’re 30

    Yahoo Finance

    There’s nothing inherently terrible about turning 30, for all its bad press. You can still be fun and adventurous and spontaneous.

    So if you haven’t accomplished everything on the list below by the time you hit the big 3-0, don’t panic.

    But let’s be real: The older you get, the more likely it is that you’ll have met The One, started a family, bought your own place, and moved into a management role at your company. Meaning there will be less opportunity to do things like run a Tough Mudder. Again, it won’t be impossible — just harder…

     


    Rwanda Deploys World’s First Lifesaving Drone Program

    Global Envision

    What looks like a toy airplane flies under darkened purple clouds in the Rwandan sky. It drops a small red box attached to a white parachute, winding its way to the entrance of a rural hospital.

    This is the first blood delivery by drone.

    On Oct. 13, President Paul Kagame launched the inaugural flight of Rwanda’s national drone program. The drones airdrop critical supplies of blood and plasma to rural hospitals in western Rwanda…

     


    From Ratan Tata & Nusli Wadia to Larry Page & Sergey Brin, friendships that didn’t stand the test of time

    Economic Times

    When pals turn into business associates, even a small disagreement can spell doom for the relationship. Steve Ballmer recently revealed that pushing Microsoft into the smartphone business led to the breakdown of his friendship with Bill Gates.

    Here are others who journeyed together, but something went wrong along the way:…

     


    Stolen Voices

    Daily Kos

    Donor pulls funding from the University of Hawaii Art Department because he objected to the department chair exercising her right of free speech. I am an economist and an artist. This terrifies me almost as much as the election of the psychopath who will be our next president.

    Is something that all totalitarian states seek to trample. From the roads to freedom stitched into slave quilts to the music that supported the social justice movements throughout history, the arts provide a voice for those who have no safe place to stand and speak. Artists can bypass the rhetoric and touch a heart in ways that can change both hearts and minds…

     

    Vulcan Real Estate


    Everyday magic in a neighborhood grocery store

    Crosscut

    It happens at least once a month. I’m standing in line at my neighborhood grocery store and a customer comes up short on their bill. Without fail, the cashier or another customer steps in to make up the difference. I’ve been shopping at the Promenade Red Apple Market in Seattle’s Central Area for 11 years and while it isn’t the only place I shop, it is the only store where I am regularly moved by intimate, unsolicited acts of humanity.

    Most days the store feels more like a community center than a grocery store. Like a lot places in the Central Area, it’s a community center that we’re about to lose. By next summer, the Red Apple and many of the small businesses surrounding it will be gone, making room for a new Vulcan real estate development…

     


    Tristar Capital, RFR Holding Acquire Amazon Phase VII Office Property in Seattle for $244M

    Rebusiness Online

    A joint venture between Tristar Capital and RFR Holding has purchased Amazon Phase VII, a 12-story office building with ground-floor retail in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, for $244 million. The building is located at 400 Ninth Ave. N.

    Amazon Phase VII features 313,000 square feet of office space fully leased to Amazon, 5,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space fully leased to Sam’s Tavern and a four-level subterranean garage. The development also includes a public plaza and a landscaped rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the city. “Nebulous,” a public art installation by local artist Dan Corson, is suspended above the public plaza…

     

    Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence


    AI Apocalypse? AI Plans of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook May Overwhelm Humanity

    Nature World News

    Latest developments surrounding Google, Microsoft and Facebook point toward massive plans of enhancing AI operations. While these have their benefits, will this eventually begin the rise of AI overlords?

    Deep learning systems are becoming a growing trend in some of the world’s largest tech companies. This allows AI systems to be able to “see” and learn for themselves depending on how they are programmed. These are new technologies alongside cloud computing and even speech recognition, among others. However, According to Wired, it appears a lot of companies are being re-oriented toward focusing on AI…

     

    Great Elephant Census


    Wildlife crime history set in Malawi

    Crosscut

    Wildlife crime history was set in Malawi today with not one, but two unprecedented court rulings – the first ever conviction of an individual dealing in rhino horn and, in a separate case, the first ever policemen to be convicted for wildlife trafficking.

    Malawi was recently named as a ‘country of primary concern’ for its role as a major transit hub in the illegal ivory trade in a recent report published by TRAFFIC and ETIS (Elephant Trade Information System), alongside Togo, Malaysia and Singapore…

     


    Elephant Refugees Flee to Last Stronghold in Africa

    National Geographic

    The elephants swim across the river in a straight line, trunks jutting out of the water like snorkels. With low, guttural bellows, they push their bodies together, forming a living raft to bolster a calf too tiny to stay afloat on its own.

    This pachyderm flotilla has a dangerous destination in mind: The grassy shores of Namibia, where elephants are literally free game for legal hunters. The animals will risk their lives to feed here before fording the Chobe River again, back to the safety of Botswana’s Chobe National Park…

     


    Mapping the Early Range of the African Elephant

    Pacific Standard

    In the 19th century, wild African elephants roamed free of fences. The migratory mega-herbivores had vast impacts on the ecology and flora of East African habitats. But humans, in pursuit of ivory, hunted elephants relentlessly — and continue to do so. According to the Great Elephant Census, the savanna elephant population declined 30 percent in 15 countries between 2007 and 2014.

    Scientists have had trouble tracing the geographic origins of most ivory from the 19th century, when the international trade intensified. But a new study, published last month in PLoS One, made headway in classifying the sources of historic ivory in natural history and museum collections. This led to an improved picture of 19th-century trade patterns, illustrating that most ivory came from East Africa’s tropical interior. Using the study’s methodology to analyze modern ivory, scientists can trace elephants most at risk of poaching or habitat loss today…

     

    Smart City Challenge


    DOT seeks proposals for Automated Vehicle Technology “Proving Grounds”

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    Today I am announcing the launch of a new Automation Proving Ground Pilot Program. Through this program, the Department will designate facilities as qualified proving grounds for the safe testing, demonstration and deployment of automated vehicle technology. We believe that by designating facilities as part of a Community of Practice, we can foster a safe environment for these entities to share best practices related to testing and developing this technology…

     

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    Six-patient ebola evac system launched

    AirMed & Rescue

    On 18 November, the US Department of State demonstrated the US government’s new Containerised Biocontainment System (CBCS) at Dulles International Airport, Virginia, US. The system, called ‘state-of-the-art’ by the Department of State, facilitates the aeromedical transport of critically ill patients who require biocontainment, such as those suffering from infectious diseases like Ebola virus. The event was part of an exercise, named Tranquil Surge, which saw the CBCS return from Monrovia, Liberia in a retrofitted Boeing 747 aircraft…

     

    Museum of Pop Culture


    Obama honors Bill and Melinda Gates, EMP Museum designer Frank Gehry, pioneering women in tech

    Puget Sound Business Journal

    Bill and Melinda Gates received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during a ceremony Tuesday in the East Room of the White House.

    Bill and Melinda Gates were among 21 people in the arts, business, athletics and science who are receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor. Michael Jordan, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are among the other recipients being honored this year…

    November 25, 2016

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    Sequoia, a16z and others back Rwanda medical drone company

    Asoko Insight

    A couple of blue chip Silicon Valley venture firms have participated in a Series B round for a Drone company that’s launched a commercial drone service in Rwanda. Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz are backing Zipline in a $25 million round led by Visionnaire Ventures. Additional terms of the deal were not reported.

    In partnership with the Government of Rwanda, Zipline has started delivering all blood products for 20 hospitals and health centers, sharply improving access to healthcare for millions of Rwandans. The new funds will be used to help Zipline expand its drone delivery services across Africa as well as enter other global markets…

     


    Apple Cup alumni face-off

    KHQ

    When Washington State University and the University of Washington take the field on November 25th, it won’t just be for the Pac-12 North title. The Apple Cup represents an opportunity for bragging rights between the East and West sides of the state. Both institutions have very proud and passionate fans and alumni, and they’re never shy about sharing that with the opposition.

    In that spirit, we put the best of WSU up against the best of UW. We compared the distinguished graduates and former students between the two universities in six key categories: sports, writing, broadcasting, business, science, and entertainment. Here are the results:…

     

    Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence


    Trump’s Employment Agenda May Bring Automation into a National Spotlight

    V Dare

    It will be interesting to see how effective President Trump can be in bringing jobs back to America through reducing regulation, renegotiating bad trade deals, lowering corporate taxes and creating a more business-friendly environment. The process will be a good measure of how much automation has undermined employment for American workers.

    Some reshoring has already occurred because US-based robots are often cheaper than inexpensive human workers in China or Mexico, particularly given transportation costs. For more troublesome details, see my 2014 blog ”Manufacturing Is Returning to US, but Automation Means Fewer Hires”…

     

    Great Elephant Census


    Arkansas has a rich history of leaders

    Nature World News

    To escape death from ivory poachers and legal hunters, massive numbers of elephants are flocking Chobe National Park, part of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana.

    Michael Chase, founder of the Botswana-based conservation group Elephants Without Borders, which works to create transboundary corridors for elephants to travel safely between countries, says, “Our elephants are essentially refugees.”…

     


    European Parliament declares war on wildlife traffickers

    EU Reporter

    British MEP Catherine Bearder said, “for too long, wildlife traffickers have been getting off with a slap on the wrist. This is a serious and organised crime by efficient and international criminal gangs, who should be facing consistent sentencing across the EU.

    “EU Governments must push for wildlife trafficking to be listed as a “serious and organised” crime by Europol.”

    The report also calls for the an ‘EU Wildlife Trafficking Coordinator’ to ensure a joined-up effort by the EU countries and the Commission’s services. Beader’s report also calls for an immediate ban the ivory trade into and out of the EU, including ‘pre-Convention’ ivory and rhino horns…

     


    European Parliament supports EU crackdown on wildlife trafficking

    Humane Society International

    The European Parliament has adopted a robust report on the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, a move warmly welcomed by Humane Society International. This report provides the MEPs’ response to the Action Plan that was adopted by the European Commission in February 2016 to strengthen the EU’s role in the global fight against the illegal wildlife trade. Given that the EU is both a significant destination market and transit route for illegal wildlife trade products, decisive and immediate EU action is needed to help end the poaching and trafficking of protected species.

    HSI/Europe Executive Director Joanna Swabe, issued the following statement:…

     

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    Give Thanks! 5 Reasons To Love the AEC

    Built Worlds

    ‘Tis the season for taking stock. Indeed, perhaps more than ever, this long Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect moment to step back and give thanks for the absorbing and engaging times in which we live and the wonderfully creative and evolving industry that puts food on all our tables.

    So, as we gather now with our families all across America, still shaken by the most divisive U.S. election any of us have ever witnessed, let us reflect on five reasons we can all agree on for why the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community is still the place to be at this truly historic moment. Akin to holding back the tide, the global momentum toward progress and innovation is such that it cannot be undone by any election in any corner of our increasingly interconnected, smarter planet…

     

    Museum of Pop Culture


    Under the microscope: Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 Monterey Strat – in pictures

    Music Radar

    Back in issue 380, Guitarist magazine reported on the acquisition of the black Strat used by Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, by a British collector. Since then, the guitar has been on show at Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum, which is also home to Jimi’s white ’68 ‘Woodstock’ Strat, which was sold to Microsoft magnate Paul Allen, the founder of EMP, in 1992.

    Now back home in London again, the Monterey Strat is set to take pride of place in a new exhibition on rock revolutionaries. Before it disappears behind glass once more, we were offered the chance to examine this iconic Strat up close at the Groucho Club by its British owner – a lifelong Hendrix buff and guitar collector who wishes to be identified only by his first name, Justin…

     


    What Star Trek tells us about reaching out to others

    Rediff

    ‘Intolerance in the 23rd century? Improbable! If man survives that long, he will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight.’

    These words of Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, formed the centre piece of an exhibit to mark 50 years of the vastly influential television series.

    Mounted at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle in the summer of 2016, that exhibit was overtly unrelated to current events. And yet this panel raises the bar for people, in societies across the world, who believe in celebrating differences and are currently feeling beleaguered…

     

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    Cavaliers Destroy The Blazers; Three Things This Road Trip Taught Us

    Fox Sports

    Well it’s official, the Portland Trail Blazers capped off a five game road trip with their third blowout loss out of five games. Coming off of a tough game against New York on Tuesday, Portland tried to regroup against Cleveland but failed miserably. The story of the game was unquestionably the unreal offensive performance by the Cavaliers. Led by Kevin Love with, and I’m serious here, 34 points in the first quarter, the Cavaliers rode his momentum to an astounding 46 first quarter points.

    As you can probably figure out, it was all downhill from there. The Blazers had another “constantly down by 20” game with some runs here and there. They kept up with the pace for the most part, scoring 125 total points with arguably the quietest 40 point game of Damian Lillard’s career…