December 06, 2017

See below for:

  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Aerospace
  • Vulcan Productions
  • Allen Institute for Cell Science
  • Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Allen Distinguished Educators
  • Great Elephant Census
  • Smart City Challenge

 

Paul G Allen

First Underwater Footage Of The USS Ward: The Destroyer that Fired First American Shot in WWII – Just Before the Attack on Pearl Harbor

War History Online

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel has documented the USS Ward (Destroyer No. 139) in its final resting place near Ponson Island in the Philippines. The expedition team released video images just prior to the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The USS Ward was a Wickes-class destroyer that famously fired the first American shot in World War II at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 just outside of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship and its crew sighted and sank a Japanese midget submarine…

 

Paul G. Allen’s R/V Petrel Explores USS Ward Wreck

Sub Sea World News

The expedition team released video images just prior to the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Ward was a Wickes-class destroyer that famously fired the first American shot in World War II at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 just outside of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship and its crew sighted and sank a Japanese midget submarine.

The submarine they sank was one of five top secret Japanese vessels, each armed with two torpedoes that intended to penetrate the harbor under cover of darkness before the attack began. The enemy air attack on Pearl Harbor, and throughout Oahu, started about an hour after the USS Ward sank the midget submarine…

 

Research vessel searches for sunken U.S. battleship in Ormoc Bay

CNN

The research aims to “to provide valuable new data and actual discoveries for the benefit of naval and war historians, underwater archaeologists, stakeholder nations in addition to the Philippines,” the National Museum said. It added that it also sought to give this information to “the families of those who were lost” during the war.

The exploration is conducted in league with the National Museum of the Philippines and Navigea Ltd., which owns RV Petrel. The RV Petrel can explore a depth of about 6,000 meters. It uses a $6 million remotely operated underwater vehicle that sends images back to the surface. The team is supported by American businessman and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, and led by Robert Kraft, Allen’s Director of Subsea Operations…

 

Check out underwater footage of USS Ward ahead of Pearl Harbor anniversary

Naval Today

Funded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the expedition crew sent a remotely operated vehicle to the wreck of Wickes-class destroyer near Ponson Island in the Philippines on December 1.

USS Ward famously fired the first American shot in World War II at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 just outside of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship and its crew sighted and sank a Japanese midget submarine…

 

Paul G. Allen-Led Expedition Reveals First Underwater Footage of the USS Ward – the Destroyer that Fired First American Shots in World War II on Dec. 7, 1941 – Just Before the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Pettinga

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel has documented the USS Ward (Destroyer No. 139) in its final resting place near Ponson Island in the Philippines. The expedition team released video images just prior to the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The USS Ward was a Wickes-class destroyer that famously fired the first American shot in World War II at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941 just outside of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship and its crew sighted and sank a Japanese midget submarine…

 

Vulcan Aerospace

Charles Beames Joins York Space Systems as Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer

Sat PRNews

York Space Systems,  an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacture of standardized spacecraft platforms, today announced that Charles Beames has been elected to the York Space Systems Board of Directors as Executive Chairman and also joins the team as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).

A seasoned industry veteran, Beames joins the team from Vulcan Aerospace, where he led the development of its Stratolaunch satellite launch system and oversaw Vulcan’s space investment portfolio as President…

 

Vulcan Productions

#X-Ray Fashion Wins the Uniting for Climate Virtual Reality Pitch Competition

Thailand Press Release News

X-Ray Fashion emerged as a clear winner for the jury and receives as their prize the chance to put the idea into VR production thanks to philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions as Executive Producer partner of the competition.

“We are enthusiastic to once again partner with the Connect4Climate team to spark creators to deliver innovative climate solutions” says Carole Tomko, General Manager of Vulcan Productions. “X-Ray Fashion demonstrated not only a unique approach but strong calls to action showing consumers solutions. Leveraging the latest VR, 360 and technology for X Ray Fashionwill create immersive and transformative storytelling experience for audiences.”…

 

Allen Institute for Cell Science

Most Influential Seattleites of 2017: Rick Horwitz

Seattle Magazine

He left comfortable tenure at the University of Virginia about two years ago to lead the brand-new nonprofit Allen Institute for Cell Science here in Seattle—and he’s wasted no time. In April, Rick Horwitz, Ph.D., and his team opened the Allen Cell Explorer, a free scientific resource, accessible to anyone in the world, that has the potential to help speed up insights about drugs and diseases.

The Cell Explorer allows viewers to “see” inside microscopic photos of once-living cells. Forget parts of the cell you labeled in seventh-grade biology: mitochondria, nucleus, vacuole. “We don’t know where any of that is,” Horwitz explains. The inside of a cell is dynamic, moving and churning to conduct daily chores. The Explorer gives viewers ways to see 3-D images that are built using living cells, which are photographed in ways that expose specific structures at work…

 

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Demand for AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day

Bloomberg

Corporate recruiting at NIPS and elsewhere worries some academic computer scientists. Oren Etzioni, chief executive officer of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, is among those who fear a brain drain. “It’s a question for the whole ecosystem – who is going to train the next generation?” he said.

Isabelle Guyon, a professor at the University Paris-Saclay served as co-chair of this year’s conference. She said she had mixed feelings about the increased corporate presence at NIPS. While she said she was sad to see the atmosphere become academic, the companies “provide jobs for our graduates and inspiration for our researchers.”…

 

Allen Distinguished Educators

These 3D-printed Wi-Fi-connected gadgets don’t need batteries to work

Alphr

This “backscatter data” reflects ambient Wi-Fi signal, and can be decoded by a commercially available Wi-Fi receiver. This allows the system to communicate information about, for example, how fast the gears are turning and therefore how fast a connected process is occurring.

“As you pour detergent out of a Tide bottle, for instance, the speed at which the gears are turning tells you how much soap is flowing out,” said Shyam Gollakota, associate professor at Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering…

 

In First, 3-D Printed Objects Connect to WiFi Without Electronics

News Wise

Information — in the form of 1s and 0s — is encoded by the presence or absence of the tooth on a gear. Energy from a coiled spring drives the gear system, and the width and pattern of gear teeth control how long the backscatter switch makes contact with the antenna, creating patterns of reflected signals that can be decoded by a WiFi receiver.

“As you pour detergent out of a Tide bottle, for instance, the speed at which the gears are turning tells you how much soap is flowing out. The interaction between the 3-D printed switch and antenna wirelessly transmits that data,” said senior author Shyam Gollakota, an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. “Then the receiver can track how much detergent you have left and when it dips below a certain amount, it can automatically send a message to your Amazon app to order more.”…

 

Great Elephant Census

New Technology Platform Designed to Provide African Park Rangers Real-Time Tools to Protect Iconic Animal Species

Sat PRNews

Responding to the elephant poaching crisis illustrated in 2016’s Great Elephant Census (GEC), philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his team of technologists and conservation experts are partnering with park managers across Africa to provide a new technology platform to better protect this iconic species and other wildlife threatened by human activities.

The GEC documented an alarming 30 percent loss of savannah elephants over the past seven years primarily due to increased ivory poaching. This confirmed conservationists’ greatest fears and gives new importance to technology to aid in addressing this crisis…

 

Illegal ivory trade in West Nile pushes elephants to extinction

Daily Monitor25

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has recruited and trained 634 rangers in the last three years and set up an 80-man intelligence force to combat poaching across the country. However, these are not enough to curb the illegal trade.

There are about 5,000 elephants in the country, according to 2015 studies by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Great Elephant Census and UWA. Poaching and the illegal ivory trade contravene the Uganda Wildlife Act 1996 Section 24 (h), which prohibits and controls commercial enterprises within a wildlife conservation area…

 

Smart City Challenge

Urban Technology: The Business of Smart Cities

Start Up Magazine

Smart cities are a new approach to urban development. They hope to “solve tangled and wicked problems inherited in the rapid urbanization,” according to research from the Center for Technology in Government at the State University of New York at Albany.

Rapid urbanization is a crisis. Half of the world’s population lives in cities, with 10 percent living in the top 30 metropolises. Although cities occupy less than 2 percent of the landmass of the Earth, urban residents consume more than three-quarters of the world’s natural resources…