November 23, 2017

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  • Paul G Allen
  • Vulcan Aerospace
  • Vulcan Capital
  • Great Elephant Census
  • Smart City Challenge
  • EMP Museum


Paul G Allen

5 things to know Land Grab Edition: 154-acre parcel up for sale in Montco

Philadelphia Business Journal

You know how when you’re out socializing with your friends, maybe having a few, the question inevitably comes up: If you had $6.5 billion what would you buy? Of course, if the people out at the bar are Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen and Bill Gates, that question wouldn’t come up BUT let’s say for argument’s sake it does.

John George is back again with the answer. It’s a three-initial supplier of laboratory products in Radnor…


How this museum makes moldy machines work again, saving historic computers for the future

Geek Wire

Living Computers was originally created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen as a by-appointment-only collection of historically significant computers, from the 1960s to the present.

But in October 2012, the south-of-downtown Seattle location opened to the general public, with an emphasis, according to its website, on the “world’s largest collection of fully restored — and usable — supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers and microcomputers.”…


Vulcan Aerospace

Agreement With NASA Hints Stratolaunch May Develop Its Own Rocket Engine

Popular Mechanics

In May, Stratolaunch Systems revealed the largest aircraft in the world by wingspan, 385 feet from tip to tip. The gargantuan twin-fuselage, six-engine aircraft built by Scaled Composites is designed to carry rockets up into the atmosphere and drop them so the rockets can launch payloads to space using less fuel. Ground and engine testing is currently underway, and the six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines were all fired up for the first time in September.

The company hopes to conduct the first launch test from Stratolaunch in 2019, but exactly what type of rocket the megaplane will carry is still unclear. Currently, Stratolaunch plans to use Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rockets for the first launch tests, with the aircraft carrying as many as three at a time. The Pegasus XL is an old and expensive launch vehicle, however. First launched in 1996, the rocket has only flown five times in the last 10 years…


Vulcan Capital

Pixvana Raises $14 Million Series A to Accelerate the Creation and Delivery of Immersive Video Experiences

Business Wire

Pixvana, an XR (VR/AR/MR) technology startup, announced its Series A funding of $14 million led by Vulcan Capital with participation from new investors Raine Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Investments and Hearst Ventures, and existing investor Madrona Venture Group. Pixvana’s mission is to enable anyone to create and distribute next-generation video experiences.

SPIN Studio, Pixvana’s cloud-based storytelling platform, uniquely accelerates the production and delivery of interactive XR content at 8K resolution…


Great Elephant Census

Elephants return to the Plains of Camdeboo

Tourism Edition

 As part of this, the reserve has long held the goal of reintroducing elephants back to the Plains of Camdeboo, made famous by Eve Palmer’s 1966 book of the same name, an ode to this semi-arid landscape. This goal was even more significant given that the population of African elephants is currently in a state of crisis, having declined by an alarming 30% in just 10 years. Sarah cites the recent Great Elephant Census funded by Paul G. Allen, which shows that numbers continue to decrease because of poaching for ivory, human-wildlife conflict and habitat loss.

To safeguard the future of the species there is a need to manage elephants as part of meta-populations – a group of spatially-separated populations between which translocations can take place to ensure genetic diversity and to establish founder populations in areas where elephants previously occurred but have since been eradicated – such as the Karoo. “It’s a significant moment for so many reasons;” Sarah adds, “not least of which is the fact that the introduction is symbolically recreating ancient elephant migratory routes from the coast.”…


Smart City Challenge

iPolitics AM: Tories to challenge Morneau to ‘reveal’ more details on personal finances

I Politics

Before leaving the capital region, though, she’ll join Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson at the Bayview Yards for the local launch of the Smart City Challenge, the details of which will be revealed during a series of synchronized satellite events over the next few days, with Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi set to preside over the national launch in Calgary later today.

Also out and about today: Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains teams up with Nova Scotia Liberal MP Bill Casey for a morning appearance at Dalhousie University to highlight what he will describe as the “strides made in increasing the sustainability of Atlantic Canada’s Christmas tree and greenery industry,” thanks, in part, to an “investment” under the Atlantic Innovation Fund. Later this afternoon, the duo will drop by the Amherst-based headquarters of LED Roadway Lighting to outline a new initiative to “enhance small business growth capacity.”…


Columbus Just Changed its ‘Smart City’ Plan


The city of Columbus has altered the plans that earned it the Smart City Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Kristin Musulin reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved the changes to Columbus’ intended use of the $40 million in grant funding. The city has cut four projects, “an app for delivery drivers to reserve times for loading docks, bus collision avoidance sensors, smart street lights and enhanced permit parking,” according to Musulin. Now added to the larger list of projects is a new project that will “increase transportation help for prenatal doctor visits.”…


EMP Museum

MoPOP’s Jimi Hendrix 75 Event Finds Yet More Reasons to Hail the Guitar God

The Stranger

Seventy-five years later, Johnny Allen Hendrix, better known as Jimi Hendrix, has a whole day devoted to the man many consider rock’s greatest guitarist’s life, work, and legacy, complete with artifacts, films, and enough birthday cake “to feed 150 people,” according to Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator at or the Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP, formerly the Experience Music Project). Of course, Jimi won’t be on hand—he died in 1970.

Still, this birthday celebration, held on November 25, 10 am to 7 pm at MoPOP, hopes to both toast and reveal his brief yet eventful life…