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Paul G. Allen
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?…
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 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…
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….
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
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
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
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…
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…
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.”…
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…
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
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
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
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…