Inside a small, rectangular room at the University of Washington is a series of shelves filled with more than 300 high-tech tools. There’s a collection of drones, cameras, and tablets, and even a mobile EEG kit, able to measure a brain’s electrical activity and detect stress levels in disaster victims. Each one has been meticulously organized, labeled, and packed away in a protective case, ready to be sent hundreds or even thousands of miles to the next natural disaster. This is one of the three rooms that make up the RAPID Facility in Seattle, a first-of-its-kind center pushing the boundaries on natural disaster research, along with the world’s ability to mitigate the potentially catastrophic effects of these hazards. At a time when extreme weather, such as hurricanes and wildfires, is having a major impact on our daily lives, gaining this type of information is becoming especially vital, says Joseph Wartman, director of the RAPID Facility and geologic hazards … [Read more...] about A new arsenal of disaster-science tech aims to save lives by saving data
(Reuters) - Verily, Alphabet Inc's <GOOGL.O> life sciences division, on Thursday announced a $1 billion (791 million pounds) investment round led by private equity firm Silver Lake. Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat and Silver Lake Managing Director Egon Durban will be nominated to Verily's operating board, the company said. Verily's existing board members include Chief Executive Andrew Conrad, Alphabet executives Larry Page, Sergey Brin and David Drummond and Temasek senior managing director Fidah Alsagoff, a company spokeswoman said. Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan was among the new investors in the latest round. Verily, which was previously part of Google's research and development unit, received an $800 million investment from Singapore state investor Temasek in 2017. Verily said the new fund would support its investments, including in potential acquisitions and partnerships, and would advance its strategies that are complementary to its current portfolio. The … [Read more...] about Alphabet’s life science tech unit Verily raises $1 billion from investors
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Technology | Tech Workers Got Paid in Company Stock. They Used It to Agitate for Change. Supported by ByKate Conger Dec. 16, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley technology firms are known for giving stock to their workers, a form of compensation that often helps employees feel invested in their companies. But tech workers are now starting to use those shares to turn the tables on their employers. As many tech employees take a more activist approach to how their innovations are being deployed and increasingly speak out on a range of issues, some are using the stock as a way to demand changes at their companies. At Amazon, more than a dozen employees who had received stock grants recently exercised their rights as shareholders. In late November and early December, they filed identical shareholder … [Read more...] about Tech Workers Got Paid in Company Stock. They Used It to Agitate for Change.
Dec 16, 3:09 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury OpinionAnalysis By Marina Umaschi Bers 12/14/18 AT 4:26 AM Shopping for a new high-tech gift for the child in your life this holiday season? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the options. Bright boxes, colorful apps and cute plastic robots will promise that learning outcomes will improve if your child plays with x, y or z.You might be tempted to believe them. Maybe if your child plays with that robot, she’ll learn to code. Maybe if he plays with that computer game or that app, he’ll improve his literacy and math skills.If you like technology, you probably think it’s a good thing for children to be exposed to it at an early age. After all, studies show that by fifth grade, stereotypes regarding who is goodat math and science, technology and engineering are already formed.It’s important to get in there early to counter the … [Read more...] about Looking For A High-Tech Gift For A Young Child? Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens
Steven John, provided by Published 10:50 am CST, Friday, December 14, 2018 Samantha Lee / Business Insider The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Technology-themed toys are a great way for kids to enjoy themselves while also honing skills that will be useful in the job market of their adult lives. STEM toys encourage critical thinking, logic, problem solving, and are often good for hand-eye coordination and fine motor muscle development as well. Here are 15 great toys for techie kids younger than 10 that will have them entertained, engaged, and even educated, all through play. The problem with many of the STEM-themed, techie kids' toys out there these days is that they require parental assistance. I can't tell you how many times my son has been working on a robot assembly project, using a science kit, or playing with a coding app and … [Read more...] about 15 cool and unique tech gifts for kids that are also educational