January 20, 2016

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Paul G. Allen

Air Force One transition report shows Trump’s plane was once Paul Allen’s

KIRO 7

When asked what they miss most about the presidency, former presidents often say Air Force One. But CBS News reports that, for Trump, the transition from one wide-body plane to a wider-bodied plane might be considered a downgrade.

CBS News compared the history of Air Force One to that of Trump’s plane. Their analysis revealed Trump’s plane once belonged to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen…

 

Vulcan Productions

The Syllabus We Need in Trump’s America

Seattle Met

Was your presidential choice so easy that the act of voting felt like a rote exercise devoid of any self-reflection? Maybe it’s time to reboot how you look at elections. Produced by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions, We the Voters takes a pun-tastic approach to examining the right many of us have taken for granted through 20 mini-films covering everything from “poll dancing” to, uh, “mastering debate.”…

 

Allen Institute For Brain Science

Opening your mind to neuroscience

Dotemirates

Although it has existed for two centuries, most of us know very little about this field, which deals with the structure and function of the nervous system and the brain. Yet there has never been a more exhilarating time for neuroscience. “The Future of the Brain,” recently published in a paperback edition, sheds light on the latest research by the world’s leading neuroscientists.

This fascinating journey to the ultimate frontier of science begins with the second century Greek physician Galen. His works on human anatomy remained a reference right through the Middle Ages until Andreas Vesalius of Padua (1514-1564), considered the first modern anatomist, published “On the Fabric of the Human Body.” Even today, one can only marvel at the quality and veracity of his drawings…

 

Smart City Challenge

US Secretary of Transportation Foxx: ‘How much force is applied by the future administration is an open question’

The Verge

The biggest adjustment is a retrospective, nostalgic view of American transportation where we look back and say “Didn’t we used to have better roads?” and “Didn’t we used to not have potholes and didn’t we have a better way to pay for it?” Today I can honestly say we’ve pivoted toward the future and what kind of system a 21st century America needs.

That’s evident through the work we’ve done with the Smart City Challenge and the work we’ve done on autonomous vehicles and drones. There’s an imagination about transportation again and it will take us to places beyond what we can expect today. As long as the American active imagination is at work, the future’s going to be bright for us. I’m very encouraged by that…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks set to be next Roger Goodell draft pick victim for not reporting an injury

WEEI 93.7 FM

In the National Football League yeah Roger Goodell. Is onerous punishments. Overblown Golan. And beyond the scope of what they should deal. Can’t be taken a second round pick away from the Seattle Seahawks. LME’s express how disappointed that make me. Don’t you worry now he won’t be able to go to New Orleans he won’t be able to come to New England. He won’t be able to be a member of the twelve that he can party gets well he is now the number of zone and he’s going to be able to go to before results all done here.

I just hate that they do things like this. I know it’s the Seahawks in and it’s fun. Oh god I can’t let. It by a mile problem I think I don’t yeah I know you don’t but this is what you are saying about the other. Incidents that starts the that the and the point you’re trying to to try to get the rest of the nation it was a futile point try to address the nation hey. Don’t rejoice today because it can happen if your team…

 

Thursday Round-Up: NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s First Mock Draft Sends Offensive Lineman To Seahawks

Seahawks

As we outlined earlier this week, the Seahawks hold the No. 26 pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and with just four teams still in contention for the Lombardi Trophy, the other 28 clubs have started to turn its attention to the League’s annual selection process.

Media, too, have started to kickstart their draft coverage, with NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Philadelphia Eagles, releasing his first mock draft early Thursday morning…

January 19, 2016

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Will Air Force One be a downgrade for President-elect Trump?

CBS News

When asked what they miss most about the presidency, former presidents often say Air Force One. But in the case of Donald Trump, the transition from one wide-body plane to a wider-bodied plane might be considered a downgrade, reports CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg.

One of the most recognizable symbols of American power, Air Force One tells the world the president has arrived…

 

Vulcan Real Estate

Vulcan acquires 2 more sites in Yesler Terrace for $15.5M

Daily Journal Of Commerce

Vulcan Real Estate announced this week it has closed on the purchase of two more blocks at Yesler Terrace from Seattle Housing Authority…

 

New acquisition cements Vulcan’s $200 million plan for Yesler Terrace

Puget Sound Business Journal

Paul Allen’s company was one of the first private companies to invest big in the redevelopment of the state’s first public housing project…

 

Great Elephant Census

Saving Africa’s Elephants

Scholastic Magazine

Last month, the worldwide effort to save elephants took a big step forward when China banned the buying and selling of ivory, which comes from elephant tusks. China, the world’s largest market for ivory, is the latest country to outlaw the ivory business. In July 2016, the United States toughened its laws on trading ivory.

The goal of these bans is to help save Africa’s elephants before they become extinct. Global demand for ivory leads to tens of thousands of elephants being killed each year for their tusks. This latest move by China is partly the result of an agreement it made with the U.S. in 2015. That year, President Barack Obama and China’s president pledged to work together to end the ivory trade in their countries…

 

Born Free Calls On UK Government To Shut Down Domestic Ivory Market As E-petition Officially Passes 100,000 Signatures

Vetclick News

International wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, is calling on the UK Government to deliver on its Manifesto commitment to a “total ban on ivory sales” after an e-petition calling for the UK domestic ivory market to be shut down passed the 100,000 threshold needed to trigger a debate in Parliament.

The e-petition, launched by Ellen Cobb and supported by Born Free and many others, urges the Government to “shut down the domestic ivory market in the UK” because “30,000 African elephants are slaughtered a year for their tusks yet the Government has still not outlawed the trade”…

 

Smart City Challenge

Frontline: “Smart Cities” Use Technology & Data to Improve Citizens’ Lives

Area Development

After winning the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Smart City Challenge — earning a $50 million grant to help fund future smart mobility projects earlier this year — the city of Columbus, Ohio, is in the early stages of planning how the funds will be used.

The city was able to raise another $90 million from businesses, local agencies, and investors to augment the federal grant…

 

SAE 2017 Government/Industry Meeting Announces Plenary Session and Special Events

PR Web

The SAE 2017 Government/Industry Meeting provides attendees with the opportunity to connect directly with the key players driving advanced automotive, fuels technology and pending legislation.

The meeting will take place on January 25-27 in Washington, D.C. and features four keynote addresses, a plenary session and two networking receptions…

 

Flying Heritage Collection

American-made M48 ‘Patton’ tank back home from Jordan

The Daily Herald

The Flying Heritage Collection’s new M48A1 Patton tank has taken the long way around to its final destination.

The tank was built in the United States and then sold to the Kingdom of Jordan in Western Asia. Jordan, an ally of the US, UK, and France, received 197 M48 and 200 M48A1 tanks beginning in the mid-1960s…

 

EMP Museum

Former GRAMMY Museum Director To Give Talk On GRAMMY Awards

Public Now

Former GRAMMY Museum executive director Bob Santelli will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, Jan. 26, providing a backstage look at the GRAMMY Awards, the most watched music television program in the world.

The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Auditorium on the OSU campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer period will follow…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Owner Paul Allen: Thank You 12s

Seahawks

Thank you to our players, coaches and staff for your commitment and pursuit of excellence in the community and on gameday.

Although we fell short of our ultimate goal, I know the work has already begun to build upon the experience gained this year and move the organization forward…

 

Seahawks Counting On Big Improvement From Offensive Line in 2017

Seahawks

There are plenty of reasons for the Seahawks to be optimistic about their future, both next season and in the long term, ranging from their loaded defense to their Pro Bowl quarterback to a head coach and general manager with a winning track record.

But another reason Pete Carroll and company are excited about next year’s team is the growth they’re expecting to see from the unit that was the subject of a lot of scrutiny in 2016…

January 18, 2016

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Paul G. Allen

Here are the 10 largest donations given by the ultra-wealthy in 2016

VOX.com

Two of the three most generous donations came from Nike co-founder Phil Knight — both bequeathed to higher education institutions. His $500 million gift to Oregon University, to be used to create a scientific research center, marks the largest single donation to a public university in American history.

Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder): $100 million to the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group…

 

Paul Allen Fast Facts

Kake.com

In 2016, Forbes estimated Allen’s net worth at $17.5 billion, ranking him the 40th richest person in the world. Allen has donated more than $2 billion to charity. Owns a 414-foot yacht named Octopus that cost $200 million to build. Among its amenities are a recording studio, helipads and two submarines.

Also owns a 303-foot yacht named Tatoosh. Allen is also a musician, having received his first guitar at 16. He’s been a big fan of Jimi Hendrix since seeing him in concert in the late 1960s. Has a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team…

 

Vulcan Inc.

Why Small Business Matters:What Local Government Can Do to Support This Vital Economic Engine

ICMA

Communities across the nation continue to adapt, invent, and reinvent strategies to address economic development goals in a dynamic economy.

Education, innovation/entrepreneurialism, governmental collaboration, business advocacy, and leveraging public and private investment are being used to retain and create new businesses…

 

Vulcan Productions

A winter’s worth of movies

Merced Sun-Star

“Alone in Berlin”: After their son is killed in World War II, a middle-aged German couple become activists spreading an anti-Nazi message across the city via postcards. With Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl. Written and directed by Vincent Perez, based on the novel “Every Man Dies Alone” by Hans Fallada. IFC Films

“Antarctica: Ice and Sky”: French glaciologist Claude Lorius, whose work provided evidence of man-made global climate change, is profiled in this documentary. Directed by Luc Jacquet. Music Box Films…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

The Register

Alexa doesn’t know. Nobody does. For a while, Apple had the lead with Siri: the virtual assistant first appeared in October 2011 on the iPhone 4S. Fast-forward five and a bit years and now every major tech player has one of these chatbots, or is in the process of developing one.

Amazon and Google have gone head-to-head with Alexa-powered Echo and Google Home speakers – both voice-controlled assistants. Microsoft has Cortana on its computers, and Apple has Siri on its Macs. On mobile phones, Apple will have another rival to deal with, as ex-Siri developers are in the process of building a virtual assistant for Samsung’s handhelds…

 

Great Elephant Census

Is China’s Ivory Ban a Sign of Hope for Elephants?

The Scientific American

There’s a haunting but beautiful scene early in the Netflix documentary “The Ivory Game.” In Kenya, we see a herd of elephants slowly walk by the body one of their fallen brothers. As each pachyderm passes the sun-bleached skeleton, they reach out with their trunks and lovingly caress the skull on the ground, sharing in the memory of the family member they have lost.

This, the documentary shows us, is a sign of elephants’ intelligence, wisdom and emotional depth, something the world is rapidly losing in the ongoing poaching crisis…

 

Smart City Challenge

Q&A: Tolva talks CityFi, a new urban player

The Built Worlds

It’s been very busy, which is great. We already have worked on international projects, from the Far East to Eastern Europe. Our pipeline will only only continue to grow, we think. In fact, I can’t divulge exactly which U.S. city it is, but one of the finalists in last year’s U.S. Dept. of Transportation Smart City Challenge has retained us to help them implement their plan.

A growing part of our business is in the private sector, too, but we see real opportunity ahead with mid-size cities. They are just more nimble than the larger ones, and can implement change more quickly and easily. Locally, in fact, the mayor of Aspen CO is even one of our board members…

 

In Kansas City, Google Fiber has mixed results

Curbed

While Fiber has given the city a boost, the new focus is on using its newfound prominence to attract talent, and develop its smart city capabilities.

After competing in the Smart City Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the city has announced its own bid to be the city of the future, a collaboration with Cisco, Sprint, and others to create a Smart CIty Corridor, with high-tech info kiosks and smart streetlights along its new streetcar line…

 

Seattle Seahawks

‘It’s time for Seattle to shut up’: What the national media are saying about the Seahawks’ future

The Seattle Times

The Seahawks certainly had success this season, claiming the NFC West title for the third time in the past four years and winning a playoff game for a fifth consecutive year, but they failed to meet their own lofty expectations.

Something seemed different about this team, and the national media has taken notice. Some think the championship window is closing, and others are simply tired of the noise…

 

Seattle Sounders

Herculez Gomez announces retirement, set to join ESPN as soccer studio analyst

The Seattle Times

His MLS career began the LA Galaxy, where he made 53 appearances over three seasons, including a 2005 campaign in which he scored 11 goals in 22 games, as the Galaxy captured the MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

It was during his time with the Galaxy when he was loaned to the Seattle Sounders of the USL in 2003, where he appeared in 17 games, scoring once during his first tenure on Puget Sound…

January 17, 2016

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Donald Trump’s private jet used to be owned by a budget Mexican airline

The Telegraph

There’s one small part of Mexico, Donald Trump has very close, personal ties to that he’s not prepared to give up: his private jet – which spent much of its former life in the very country he appears to despise.

‘Trump Force One’ – as the plane has been dubbed, in a nod to the presidential jet Air Force One, which Trump has eschewed for his own aircraft – was operated by Mexican airline TAESA Lineas Aéreas in a previous life…

 

These are the world’s 10 biggest corporate giants

World Economic Forum

We live in an era where fewer than 10% of the world’s public companies account for more than 80% of all profits.

These are the world’s largest corporations, compiled by market capitalization (the total market value of a company’s outstanding shares)…

 

Vulcan Productions

Shelton teen to attend 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Shelton Herald

She will also collaborate within a delegation of young scholars who will formulate innovative ideas for solutions to 21st century challenges.

The children will break up into five different groups: Drones, Clones and Genomes; Curing the Future; Racing Extinction, Imaging Peace; and A Smarter Planet…

 

Great Elephant Census

China’s ban on domestic ivory trade is huge, but the battle isn’t won

The Southern Times

CHINA HAS published a notice that the processing and sale of ivory and ivory products “will be stopped by December 31, 2017”. China’s credible commitment to this end follows a decision taken at the latest Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference to end all domestic trade in ivory.

China has made announcements of intent before, in May and September 2015. Concrete action was missing in terms of the duration of the ban and a timetable for implementation. Now both are effectively in place…

 

Dar, other African nations hail new ‘anti-ivory’ China

IPP Media

According to a statement availed to the media yesterday by the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), the announcement signals China’s goodwill and cooperation in protecting Africa’s fast-dwindling elephant population.

EPI is a pledge by African leaders to actions to protect their countries’ jumbos while putting the ivory trade aside, including pushing for the closure of domestic ivory markets in source, transit and consumer countries…

 

Smart City Challenge

PROFILE: Mayor Andrew Ginther

Columbus CEO

Mayor Andrew Ginther sees stronger families and neighborhoods as key to strengthening Columbus.

For Andy Ginther, it all starts with family. That’s where he learned life lessons he has brought with him to Columbus City Hall and the mayor’s office. And families—stable families—are the focus of his efforts to make good on his oft-repeated vision of Columbus as the Opportunity City…

 

EMP Museum

Cheap Week: January 16–22

Seattle Met

Written more than 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail called for nonviolent protest in the United States’ most inciting activist movement and serves as an ever-relevant how-to guide to peaceful resistance.

On this day set aside to honor Dr. King’s memory, local artists, activists, and elected officials including King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, local painter Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, and KEXP Street Sounds host Stasia Irons (ex-THEESatisfaction) gather to celebrate his poignant words that undoubtedly will ring especially true this inauguration week…

January 16, 2016

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 World’s 8 richest men are worth as much as 3.6 billion people

CBS News

Even as the world’s economies have expanded, their riches are increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few — so much so that the richest 8 billionaires today hold as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity.

That statistic comes from the charity Oxfam, which will present its report on widening inequality at the World Economic Forum annual summit, which kicks off on January 17 in Davos, Switzerland. While the event is attended by the world’s top business executives, policy makers and academics, the forum often focuses on issues touching on economic justice, such as income inequality. This year’s forum theme, for instance, is “responsive and responsible leadership.”…

 

Donald Trump’s private jet was previously owned by Mexican budget airline

Mirror

Trump bought the 26-year-old plane six years ago and has transformed it with the addition of 24-carat gold plated taps and seatbelts.

But 12 years ago, the same aircraft – under a different registration code – was flying for Mexican budget airline Taesa, which later went bust…

 

Vulcan Productions

Listing a winter’s worth of movies

Los Angeles Times

ow are the films opening theatrically through April 21. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Kevin Crust, are subject to change.

Sadly, “Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies” (Jan. 13) and “My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea” (2017 TBA) fall outside of this window…

 

Allen Institute for Brain Sciences

Not so grey matter! Brain scans are transformed into beautiful and sprawling works of neon art

Wired

In the past it was hard to tell if a neuron would amplify electrical messages or flatten them.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle zapped cells in a mouse’s visual cortex and recorded their output, mapping loud messages (white), along with weaker (yellow) or inhibited (red)…

 

Allen Institute for  Artificial Intelligence

Algorithmia’s programs save companies time

Seattle Times

Tech in the market: Algorithmia and its 13-employee team set up shop at Pike Place Market.

The company has raised $2.6 million from investors, including Madrona Venture Group and Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence…

 

Great Elephant Census

African states to firmly support China move to close ivory market

Coast Week

A coalition of 15 African countries on Friday welcomed China’s commitment to closing its domestic ivory markets by the end of 2017, saying the move signals Beijing’s goodwill in protecting Africa’s elephants.

The countries that are members of the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) said in a joint statement issued in Nairobi that the closure of China’s ivory market is a crucial step to securing a future for elephants in their current range…

 

Flying Heritage Collection

Wood WWII plane to soar again at Flying Heritage Collection

Herald Net

The airplane is in parts — fuselage, wings, engines, control cables, propellers laid out in a hangar corner at the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field.

The de Havilland Mosquito is the museum’s newest addition — and a legendary aircraft from World War II. The sleek, twin-engine airplane was a racehorse in the sky and excelled in nearly every way it was put to use: as a fighter, bomber, photo reconnaissance, to name a few…

 

Portland Trial Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers at midseason: ‘Rocky’ first half hasn’t derailed playoff hopes

Oregon Live

One game after dismantling the reigning-champion Cleveland Cavaliers with a hope-inspiring victory on a day that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency, the Portland Trail Blazers crashed painfully back to reality.

Hosting an Orlando team that had lost four in a row and was playing in the middle of a six-game West Coast trip, the Blazers watched helplessly as the Magic made their first nine shots and built a stunning 18-1 lead. The Magic went on to win 115-109…

 

Deciphering the new CBA: What it means for the Trail Blazers

Fox Sports

However, the main aspect that Rip City should focus on is the retention of star players aspect of the contract. This greatly benefits small market teams like Portland. The teams that luckily draft a star player will have a significant financial advantage.

This was the goal for the league in negotiations, referencing the Kevin Durant move as unfavorable for league competitive balance…

 

January 13, 2016

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Paul G. Allen

How the rich are taking social duty to next level

Daily Nation

“The no-teachers approach makes sense, as nearly anything you need to know about programming can now be found for free, on the Internet. Motivated people can easily teach themselves any language they need to know in a few months of intensive work,” said Sadirac.

Another investor who is keen to cement his legacy in the social responsibility realm not only in America but also in Kenya is Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who through his private firm, Vulcan, has set up 10 small-scale solar plants in Kenya’s remote areas…

 

12s, Seahawks owner Paul Allen donate to help homeless

King 5

This week the non-profit Cocoon House announced a donation of $280,000. The money was raised at the Seahawks last regular season home game December 24 versus the Arizona Cardinals. It came from a combination of 12s donating at the game or by text.

It also included more at the Hawk Alley Tailgate. All of the money was matched by Seahawks owner Paul Allen…


This Wonderful Company Sits In The Nosebleed Section Of The S&P 500 Arena

Seeking Alpha

Microsoft co-founder and the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, shares his good fortune philanthropically, and the company emulates his generosity with shareholders.

The Value Investing for Main Street Model Portfolio (VIMS) has owned a position in this technology powerhouse since June 2011 at an average price of $25.60 per share…

 

Vulcan Aerospace

Col. Walt Jackim: Florida’s Space Coast Projected to Deploy 32 Rocket Launches in 2017

Executive Gov

Col. Walt Jackim, vice commander of the U.S. Air Force‘s 45th Space Wing, has projected the Space Coast in Florida to deploy as many as 32 launches from five different rockets in 2017, Florida Today reported Tuesday.

James Dean writes the projected 32 launches will surpass 2016’s record of 23 launch operations which was the Eastern Range’s busiest year in the last two decades…

 

Allen Institute of Brain Sciences

When Your Self-Driving Car Wants to Be Your Friend, Too

Scientific American

Thirty-five years ago the TV series Knight Rider envisioned an artificially intelligent car that could develop a friendly rapport with its driver. That 1982 Pontiac Trans Am—also known as the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT)—dutifully served as Michael Knight’s crime-fighting partner, monitored his health through sensors in the seat and even used voice analysis to respond to the sarcasm in Knight’s cornball quips.

Your next car won’t reach KITT’s level of awareness, wit or empathy—but Honda, Toyota and several other companies really are planning to make AI standard in all the vehicles they produce…

 

Great Elephant Census

China bans ivory, offering new hope for elephants

National Geographic

Every fifteen minutes an elephant is murdered so that someone somewhere can buy an ivory bracelet, carving, or some trinket that humans and elephants both could live without.

Last fall the world’s nations met in Johannesburg to decide on trade policies for endangered wild animals and plants. One debate topic loomed particularly large: African elephants…

 

Smart City Challenge

Gazing at the crystal ball of connected cars – Part I

TU Automotive

Back in 2014, 2020 – the target date for the production of autonomous vehicles by many carmakers – seemed comfortably in the future. Now, it seems uncomfortably close. Is this really doable?

Many manufacturers are sticking to that 2020 date for the production of autonomous vehicles; some now say it is 2021; and Tesla would insist that it’s already accomplished…

 

Self-Driving Truck Puts Ohio at the Forefront of Innovative Transportation Technology

The New Ohio

Whether it is moving people or goods, transportation is in the midst of an exciting transformation. The concept of self-driving vehicles, once considered a futuristic, Jetson-like idea, is now quickly becoming a reality in Ohio, thanks to new investments to support innovative transportation technology.

Otto, a Silicon Valley startup bought by Uber, recently chose Ohio to test one of its revolutionary self-driving trucks on Route 33, a four-lane road in Central Ohio that is an important proving ground for autonomous vehicle research…

 

Columbus, Ohio, in the Smart City Spotlight

Transmission & Distribution World

Developments in recent months at the city of Columbus, Ohio, provide prominent examples of ways in which the utility industry has been playing an increasingly important role in facilitating smart-city related improvements and related that revitalize more than infrastructure—they revitalize the quality of life for people who live in urban areas.

Columbus, which proudly proclaims its status as the fastest-growing city in the Midwest, was the winner of the U.S. Department of Traffic’s Smart City Challenge, which includes plans increase EV usage fourfold and transform Columbus into a magnet for public-private partnerships for smart city related initiatives…

 

EMP Museum

Seattle’s Museum Month is a Bargain for Culture Seekers Looking to Stay and Play in the Emerald City

Daily Times Leader

The Emerald City has long been praised as an artsy and laid-back destination with abundant natural beauty. Some travelers may be kept at bay during winter – a side effect of the typical Pacific Northwest weather – but the off-season may actually be the hottest time of year to explore Seattle.

In 2015, Visit Seattle and Seattle’s hotels and museums decided it was high time to embrace Seattle’s winter weather, so to speak, so Museum Month was born…

 

Seattle Seahawks

PATTI PAYNE: Business leaders head to Atlanta for big Hawks game, Taylor shucks to protect Puget Sound

Puget Sound Business Journal

Seattle-area business leaders are headed to Atlanta for the big game. Meanwhile, the annual Wallace and Carpenter Picnic is set to happen…

 

Remember when the Seahawks almost moved to L.A.?

King 5

The moving trucks weren’t only rented, they were loaded with Seahawks gear, and were on the road to Southern California.

Long before Blue Fridays and 12s were part of Northwest culture, the Seahawks were headed out of town. It was 1996. King County and the State of Washington sued then-team owner Ken Behring alleging he was violating anti-trust and consumer protection laws by threatening to move the team to Los Angeles…

 

Portland Trial Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers Trade Idea: AJ Hammons To The Rescue

Fox Sports

As we get Closer to the Trade Deadline, The Blazers Should take a look at a Relatively Unknown Big Man in Dallas.

There has been a lot of trade talk. in the last couple weeks all around the NBA. Some big-name players with big contracts, such as DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Millsap, and now according to ESPN, Tyson Chandler, have been said to be players the Portland Trail Blazers should go after to fix their rim protection problems…

January 12, 2016

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Facing challenges at work? Here’s how you can overcome them

World Economic Forum

Toxic people. Successful people believe in a simple notion: you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Just think about it—some of the most successful companies in recent history were founded by brilliant pairs. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple lived in the same neighborhood, Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft met in prep school, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google met at Stanford.

Just as great people help you to reach your full potential, toxic people drag you right down with them. Whether it’s negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, toxic people create stress and strife that should be avoided at all costs…

 

Drone regulations: A caged nightingale

Business Live

The Rwandan system envisages a network of drone ports to and from which UAVs will fly regular geofenced routes (using smartphone messaging technology) delivering their lightweight yet valuable cargo. It is a collaboration between California-based drone start-up Zipline and US package-delivery firm United Parcel Service (UPS). Zipline is backed by venture capital from the likes of Google Ventures and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

There were also moves in Kenya. A few years back, veteran East Africa correspondent for The Economist, Jonathan Ledgard, conceived the Flying Donkey challenge…

 

Great Elephant Census

China’s ban on domestic ivory trade is huge, but the battle isn’t won

The African Independent

China has published a notice that the processing and sale of ivory and ivory products “will be stopped by December 31, 2017”. China’s credible commitment to this end follows a decision taken at the latest Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference to end all domestic trade in ivory.

China has made announcements of intent before, in May and September 2015. Concrete action was missing in terms of the duration of the ban and a timetable for implementation. Now both are effectively in place…

 

Smart City Challenge

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $300M for UTC Grants

Construction Equipment Guide

The announcement includes awards of up to $72.5 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Subsequent awards using Federal FY17 to 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 Foxx…

 

Mayor Bell Touts Progess And Growth In ‘State Of The City’ Address

The Birmingham Times

Hours after delivering his “State of the City” address to a Kiwanis Club luncheon downtown Birmingham, Mayor William Bell presented the speech to community members at the Pratt City Library.

The mayor outlined a laundry list of accomplishments from neighborhood growth to public improvements to technology…

 

EMP Museum

Microsoft’s Kinect lights up radio station KEXP’s studios (Photos)

Puget Sound Business Journal

The Kinect technology from Redmond-based Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) constantly sensed the movements of lead singer and guitarist Will Toldeo and adjusted accordingly and constantly changes the lighting in the studio.

KEXP opened the Seattle Center studio in April. It’s a far cry from the station’s humble beginnings in 1972 as KCMU, a 10-watt college radio station in the University District…

Seattle Seahawks

Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks Owner Paul Allen, Cocoon House Raise $280,974 To Prevent Youth Homelessness

Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen and Cocoon House partnered to raise a total of $280, 974 to provide services and safe places for vulnerable youth in the Pacific Northwest region.

Cocoon House, a non-profit organization that provides housing and protection services for homeless and at-risk youth and their families, saw their donation total in December matched dollar-for-dollar by Paul Allen to help provide support that will save lives…

 

Ranking all 32 NFL front offices, from worst to first

Fox Sports

Paul Allen writing checks, John Schneider evaluating talent and Pete Carroll loudly giving opinions through chews of gum – it’s as effective a trio as in any NFL front office.

Keeping together the nucleus of the team for so long has been an achievement, and though Russell Wilson’s offense hasn’t been replenished as well as he’d like, one gets the feeling it’s only a matter of time…

January 12, 2016

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Paul G. Allen

Facing challenges at work? Here’s how you can overcome them

World Economic Forum

Toxic people. Successful people believe in a simple notion: you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Just think about it—some of the most successful companies in recent history were founded by brilliant pairs. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple lived in the same neighborhood, Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft met in prep school, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google met at Stanford.

Just as great people help you to reach your full potential, toxic people drag you right down with them. Whether it’s negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, toxic people create stress and strife that should be avoided at all costs…

 

Drone regulations: A caged nightingale

Business Live

The Rwandan system envisages a network of drone ports to and from which UAVs will fly regular geofenced routes (using smartphone messaging technology) delivering their lightweight yet valuable cargo. It is a collaboration between California-based drone start-up Zipline and US package-delivery firm United Parcel Service (UPS). Zipline is backed by venture capital from the likes of Google Ventures and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

There were also moves in Kenya. A few years back, veteran East Africa correspondent for The Economist, Jonathan Ledgard, conceived the Flying Donkey challenge…

 

Great Elephant Census

China’s ban on domestic ivory trade is huge, but the battle isn’t won

The African Independent

China has published a notice that the processing and sale of ivory and ivory products “will be stopped by December 31, 2017”. China’s credible commitment to this end follows a decision taken at the latest Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference to end all domestic trade in ivory.

China has made announcements of intent before, in May and September 2015. Concrete action was missing in terms of the duration of the ban and a timetable for implementation. Now both are effectively in place…

 

Smart City Challenge

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $300M for UTC Grants

Construction Equipment Guide

The announcement includes awards of up to $72.5 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Subsequent awards using Federal FY17 to 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 Foxx…

 

Mayor Bell Touts Progess And Growth In ‘State Of The City’ Address

The Birmingham Times

Hours after delivering his “State of the City” address to a Kiwanis Club luncheon downtown Birmingham, Mayor William Bell presented the speech to community members at the Pratt City Library.

The mayor outlined a laundry list of accomplishments from neighborhood growth to public improvements to technology…

 

EMP Museum

Microsoft’s Kinect lights up radio station KEXP’s studios (Photos)

Puget Sound Business Journal

The Kinect technology from Redmond-based Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) constantly sensed the movements of lead singer and guitarist Will Toldeo and adjusted accordingly and constantly changes the lighting in the studio.

KEXP opened the Seattle Center studio in April. It’s a far cry from the station’s humble beginnings in 1972 as KCMU, a 10-watt college radio station in the University District…

Seattle Seahawks

Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks Owner Paul Allen, Cocoon House Raise $280,974 To Prevent Youth Homelessness

Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen and Cocoon House partnered to raise a total of $280, 974 to provide services and safe places for vulnerable youth in the Pacific Northwest region.

Cocoon House, a non-profit organization that provides housing and protection services for homeless and at-risk youth and their families, saw their donation total in December matched dollar-for-dollar by Paul Allen to help provide support that will save lives…

 

Ranking all 32 NFL front offices, from worst to first

Fox Sports

Paul Allen writing checks, John Schneider evaluating talent and Pete Carroll loudly giving opinions through chews of gum – it’s as effective a trio as in any NFL front office.

Keeping together the nucleus of the team for so long has been an achievement, and though Russell Wilson’s offense hasn’t been replenished as well as he’d like, one gets the feeling it’s only a matter of time…

January 11, 2016

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Paul G. Allen

Bill Gates’ rise to fame in 90 seconds

The Telegraph

In the mid-1970s, when typewriters and carbon paper were commonplace, two young computer enthusiasts, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, set out to make their vision of personal computing a reality. Four decades later, Microsoft has become one of the most powerful and profitable technology companies in history, and its founder, Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in the world.

This video is part of a series which charts the lives and careers of leaders in the technology sector, taking in their early successes, greatest defeats and the innovations that made them famous…

 

Digital revolution was created by hackers, geniuses and geeks

HakiPensheni Monitor Online

The origin of the tech industry and the advancements that have created the worlds wealthiest people is summed up beautifully in the words of Brutus in Shakespeare’s ‘‘Julius Caesar’’, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.”

In recognizing the motivation in men and taking action with perfect timing, you can have your name emblazoned in the history books and make a few shiling in the process...

 

Zillow’s $5M Gift Powers UW CSE Building Toward Construction Start

Xconomy

Construction on the University of Washington’s second computer science building could start as soon as Friday if the university’s leadership approves a bridge loan of up to $25 million to finance the project while remaining anticipated private contributions materialize.

Those private contributions have come in large, highly-touted chunks, and lower-profile though still significant commitments from individuals and corporations that have so far kept themselves anonymous…

 

Big Zillow gift: $5 million toward new UW computer-science building

The Seattle Times

Zillow Group on Tuesday became the latest Seattle tech company to make a multimillion-dollar contribution to the construction of a new computer-science building on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.

If the UW Regents approve the building’s budget and funding plan on Thursday, as expected, construction will begin immediately, said UW computer-science professor Ed Lazowska, one of the leaders of the fundraising campaign…

 

Vulcan Aerospace

Space Coast could see more than 30 launches in 2017

Click Orlando

The Space Coast could see as many as 32 launches by five different rockets in 2017, the vice commander of the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing said Tuesday.

That would easily surpass the 23 launch operations supported in 2016, the Eastern Range’s busiest year in two decades, News 6 partner Florida Today reported…

 

Vulcan Productions

Documentary tackles a serious subject

Burlington County Times

“Racing Extinction,” a 2015 documentary, explores the animal that has proved most dangerous and destructive to nature: humans.

While mankind is responsible for countless works of art, science and humanity, humankind is also to blame for the extinction of many other species…

 

Great Elephant Census

UWA must do more to stop stray elephants

The Daily Monitor

The Acholi paramount chief Rwot David Onen Acana II last week declared that he and his people will hunt and kill the elephants in the area that are destroying acres of farmland.

The chief said the destruction by the animals has left residents hungry and without money to provide for basic needs. Of course it is worrying to hear that…

 

Smart City Challenge

$Mayor Ginther: Columbus could see self-driving cars in 5 years

The Columbus Dispatch

Get used to the idea of self-driving cars because they could be on the streets of Columbus in five years, said Mayor Andrew Ginther.

He made the comment Monday during a panel discussion of mayors organized by Ford Motor Co. at the North American International Auto Show. Also participating were the mayors of Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit…

 

Cities team with Texas for autonomous research

Just Auto

Cities and regions are partnering with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the University of Texas at Austin’s Centre for Transportation Research (CTR) and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), to form the Texas Automated Vehicle (AV) Proving Ground Partnership.

“The closed-course facilities and real-world urban and rural test sites we can offer, including land- and sea-port applications and unmanned aircraft systems, provide a variety of environments where automated vehicle challenges can be tested and proven,” said TTI agency director, Greg Winfree…

 

Self-driving shuttles could roll out on Treasure Island by 2020

San Francisco Business Times

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority will test self-driving shuttles on Treasure Island, as well as introduce a toll system from the Bay Bridge to the island.

The projects are supported by a $11 million federal grant awarded to the City of San Francisco last week to implement six transportation projects, with the goal of reducing traffic congestion…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta, here they come: Avid Seahawks fans include United Airlines pilot Wallace Watts (Photos)

Puget Sound Business Journal

None is more devoted than United Airlines pilot Wallace Watts, who flies international routes in a Boeing 787, and has been a fan of Seahawks since he started going to the Kingdome to watch the Hawks in 1986.

But he has been a rabid and recognizable fan for the last four years. “Really ever since Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll,” he says…

January 10, 2016

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Paul G. Allen

How the rich are taking social duty to next level

Daily Nation

Imagine a school without teachers, no books, no tests or exams and no exit timelines. All that makes the school what it is are computers and Internet.

Here students, who pay no fees, are called innovators. They swap ideas with graduates from top-of-the league universities like Stanford or MIT. What is intriguing is that some of the students dropped out of high school…

 

From baroque to O’Keefe, five centuries of masterworks at NOMA

Gambit Weekly

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection features 39 paintings by old and modern masters spanning five centuries. The Microsoft co-founder’s collection features a stellar array of big names, and the New Orleans Museum of Art is its only Southern venue.

Needless to say, there is a lot to see, but be prepared for a few quirks. The “Seeing Nature” part of the title should be taken very literally, because this show is less about landscapes than it is about how artists have been “seeing nature” over the ages…

 

Contributory or Disruptive: Do New Forms of Philanthropy Erode Democracy?

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Public contention about philanthropy erupted in the months before and after the recent US elections. At the center of the discussions were two presidential candidates whose foundations became emblematic of the cases that were made against their qualifications.

To many, Trump’s foundation, with its slew of legal and ethical controversies including self-dealing and a failure to honor charitable pledges, was demonstrative of the candidate’s avarice and narcissism. Clinton’s foundation, having received large donations from corporations and foreign governments, struck many as evidence of her “crookedness.”…

 

What Does 120 Years of Market Action Tell Us About the Future?

Equities

The January Barometer is a theory that if the market posts positive results for the month, stocks are apt to be up for the year; since 1950 the indicator has been accurate over 80% of the time. According to the Stock Trader’s Almanac, if the first five days of January are profitable, the likelihood of a money-making year is better than 80%.

As of this writing, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard and Poor’s 500 are heading in the right direction. Hopefully, these early green shoots will prove to be a meaningful harvest for the year ahead. In this letter, I will address the market’s current state of affairs and how we arrived at this point…

 

Great Elephant Census

These groups are stopping the sixth extinction — and they need your help

Gant News

The project on mass extinction showed that three quarters of all species could disappear in the next couple centuries if we humans don’t drastically change our relationship with nature. “I have read your Vanishing page on CNN.

I was so surprised about what is happening in the world,” a 13-year-old wrote in an email to me. “I am shook and devastated. I knew that some animals were going extinct but not three quarters of all animals. I was wondering if you know any opportunities for teenagers or young adults to work or help stop the sixth mass extinction…

 

These groups are stopping the sixth extinction — and they need your help

CNN

The audience response to CNN’s “Vanishing” series has been overwhelming. The project on mass extinction showed that three quarters of all species could disappear in the next couple centuries if we humans don’t drastically change our relationship with nature.

“I have read your Vanishing page on CNN. I was so surprised about what is happening in the world,” a 13-year-old wrote in an email to me. “I am shook and devastated. I knew that some animals were going extinct but not three quarters of all animals. I was wondering if you know any opportunities for teenagers or young adults to work or help stop the sixth mass extinction…

 

Smart City Challenge

Top 5 Issues for 2017: Transportation & Infrastructure Policy: The Future is Now (for Autonomous Vehicles)

The Council of State Governments

After years of saying they were still years away, autonomous vehicles and other technologies are here—or nearly here (at least to some degree). Uber has a fleet of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh. Uber’s self-driving truck company, Otto, recently delivered a truck full of beer in Colorado. So now the question becomes how will state governments respond and how will they need to respond?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued guidelines last summer for states to consider in drafting autonomous vehicle legislation. But in trying to encourage the development of these technologies and perhaps reap an economic windfall, states will need to guard against doing more harm than good through legislation and regulation…

 

Columbus Is Showing Up Smart

Columbus CEO

Winning the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge was not the first independent proclamation of Columbus’ smarts. Columbus rose above 400 cities from around the world to be named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year by Intelligent Community Forum, a think tank for 21st century economic and social development.

ICF bases the designation on how cities and regions use information and communications technology to grow prosperity, solve social problems and enrich quality of life. Columbus was among the top seven intelligent communities as ranked by ICF in 2014 and 2013…

 

DOT opens dataset on Smart City Challenge ideas

GCN

To share the lessons and innovations the Department of Transportation gleaned from the applicant cities to its Smart City Challenge, it has released a summary report and created an online dataset of submissions of the seven finalists that features the challenge addressed, proposed project category and project description.

The agency received submissions from 78 cities with ideas on improving ride sharing, planning for autonomous vehicles, increasing electric vehicle use and advancing data gathering, storage and analysis…

 

San Francisco lands federal advanced transportation tech grant

Metro Magazine

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to announce $11 million in federal funding for six innovative projects in San Francisco aimed at reducing traffic congestion and creating a safer and more efficient transportation system.

“Technology is transforming the way we move around our country and the most exciting innovation is happening at the local level,” said Foxx…

 

Detroit Auto Show: Mayor Ginther on working with Trump, Smart City Challenge win

Columbus Business First

Four Democratic mayors sat down at the North American International Auto Show to discuss mobility and the city of tomorrow, but it was inevitable where the topic would turn – President-elect Donald Trump.

“I think there’s going to be more opportunities than we may have thought,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said on a panel as part of the 2017 North American International Auto Show. “Particularly in regards to infrastructure.”…

 

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks, Blazers owner claims he found long-lost sunken WWII battleship

The Fox Sports

The Seattle Seahawks’ inability to find the end zone late in Super Bowl XLIX cost them a second consecutive Super Bowl. Little more than a month later, their owner has struck pay dirt, and the prize is quite a bit more impressive than the Lombardi Trophy.

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, representatives for the owner of the Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers said Wednesday…