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Call to Artists: LIFE 6.0 International Competition

September 26, 2003

The Telefonica Foundation in Madrid has announced the fifth competition on “art and artificial life.”

They are looking for outstanding electronic art projects employing techniques such as digital genetics, autonomous robotics, recursive chaotic algorithms, knowbots, computer viruses, embodied artificial intelligence, avatars, evolving behaviours and virtual ecosystems.

Call to Arms for an American-Led Green Revolution

September 10, 2008

Thomas L. Friedman’s latest book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” is a plea for a new Sputnik movement that will inspire a green revolution to counter global environmental disaster.

Call for moratorium on commercial nanomaterials

July 30, 2002

ETC Group (“dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights”) calls for “an immediate moratorium on commercial production of new nanomaterials [and for launching] a transparent global process for evaluating the socio-economic, health and environmental implications of the technology.” ETC Group cites an EPA meeting where it was claimed that “nanoparticles are showing up in the livers of research animals, can seep into… read more

Call for bioweapons database

February 20, 2002

A database that contains the genetic details of all the bacteria and viruses
that could be used in a bioterrorist attack should be established, leading American scientists have said.
Other initiatives include greater security in laboratories where dangerous
microbes are kept and the development of new ways of diagnosing infections.
The researchers have also urged the US Government to engage with other
nations on biological weapons.

The scientists made… read more

California’s taking the lead on self-driving cars

June 5, 2012


Intrigued by the idea of eliminating human error from driving, a California legislator has introduced a bill to clarify that driverless cars are street legal.

The technology has a supporter in state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-trained mechanical engineer. Padilla’s Senate Bill 1298 would make it clear under California law that autonomous vehicles can use the public roads.… read more

California’s new power source a solar farm

April 14, 2009
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California’s Pacific Gas & Electric has asked the California Public Utilities Commission for permission to buy 200 megawatts of electricity from Solaren’s orbiting power plant, which would beam electricity back to Earth by 2016.

California Utility Looks to Mojave Desert Project for Solar Power

February 12, 2009

Southern California Edison, the largest utility in California, has signed a deal to buy 1,300 megawatts of electricity (enough to power about 845,000 homes) starting in 2013, using solar power from seven immense arrays of mirrors, towers and turbines to be installed in the Mojave Desert.

California Scientists Demonstrate How to Use Advanced Fiber-Optic Backbone for Research

October 10, 2008

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) brought together about 100 researchers, campus administrators and networking infrastructure officials at the University of California, San Diego to explore breakthroughs in super-fast networking among research institutions in California to help scientists make new discoveries.

Falko Kuester, Calit2′s Professor of Visualization and Virtual Reality at UC San Diego, demonstrated the prototype for a system he calls the “HIPerVerse,” which allows… read more

California says ‘yes’ to stem-cell research

November 4, 2004

Californians said “yes” to Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, which will raise $3 billion.

The measure will create the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, to distribute the funds and establish research guidelines. It will amend the state constitution to guarantee biologists’ right to do embryonic stem-cell research, and protect the institute from interference or supervision by the legislature.

California passes driverless car bill

September 1, 2012

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Catching up with Nevada, it will be legal for autonomous cars to drive in California, probably within the next five years, if Gov. Brown signs SB 1298, just passed by the California Senate, the San Jose Mercury reports.

The bill charges the DMV by January 2015 with determining standards for vehicles and rules.

Automakers would have to get their vehicles approved by the state, and then licensed… read more

California Licenses 2 Companies to Offer Gene Services

August 21, 2008

California has granted business licenses to companies that offer consumers information about their genes: Navigenics and 23andMe, requiring doctors to be involved in ordering genetic tests.

Both offer services, costing from $1,000 to $2,500, that scan a person’s whole genome, providing a variety of information about the risk of various diseases.

New York State also has taken action against at least 31 genetic testing companies, saying they cannot… read more

California Academy of Sciences designs sustainability

September 29, 2008

A state-of-the-art digital dome planetarium, a stunning rain forest with live trees, birds and butterflies, and an aquarium highlight the just-opened California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Calico and AbbVie announce R&D collaboration

Plan R&D facility in S.F. Bay Area, may co-invest up to $1.5 billion to tackle age-related diseases
September 3, 2014

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Calico and drug company AbbVie announced today a novel R&D collaboration intended to “help the two companies discover, develop, and bring to market new therapies for patients with age-related diseases, including for neurodegeneration and cancer.”

Calico is the Google-backed life sciences company that is led by Arthur D. Levinson Ph.D. (former chairman and CEO of Genentech)… read more

Calgary woman recovering after robotic arm removes brain tumor

May 19, 2008

In the world’s first remote-control brain tumor operation, a Calgary surgeon used a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided robotic arm to remove a complex brain tumor.

Using two mechanical hands and real-time MRI to see microscopic details, the system, developed by the University of Calgary, allows a surgeon to control the robot at a computer workstation. Skills required are similar to those developed in video games: hand-eye coordination and highly… read more

Calculating the speed of sight

July 31, 2006

University of Pennsylvania researchers have found that a guinea pig retina transfers data at about 875 kilobits per second. Human retinas have about ten times as many ganglion cells, giving a bandwidth of 8.75 megabits per second per eye, comparable to Ethernet speed.

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