Board and Patron News

05/19/2010

Google co-founder Sergey Brin couldn't make it to a science gala this past weekend, so he went as a robot he could control remotely. It's a little creepy and a little awesome. Brin was using a Willow Garage Texai robot, according to the blog Down The...

05/21/2010

Dr Craig Venter, a multi-millionaire pioneer in genetics, and his team have managed to make a completely new "synthetic" life form from a mix of chemicals. They manufactured a new chromosome from artificial DNA in a test tube, then transferred it into an...

05/25/2010

Last week, just one day after he stood alongside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the CEO of Toyota to announce plans for mass-producing his company's all-electric sedan at the NUMMI plant, Elon Musk turned his attention to preparing for the impending launch...

05/26/2010

In 1995, we reported the DNA sequences for the first two cellular genomes. Nowadays genome sequences, which contain the genetic instructions for an organism, are routinely obtained and deposited in computer databases. Last week, we reported that this...

05/26/2010

The renowned and provocative futurist is not only predicting our techno-future but also helping to create it. Ray Kurzweil, 62, launched Singularity University with X Prize founder Peter Diamandis, based on the themes in Kurzweil's best seller The...

06/07/2010

The Falcon 9, the first of a new generation of private rockets that could one day make space travel commonplace, successfully launched from Cape Canaveral on Friday. The 180-foot rocket put a model of its Dragon capsule into orbit about 160 miles up...

07/07/2010

The scope of Ray Kurzweil's endeavors and depth of his thinking elicits comparisons to Thomas Edison. Like the "Wizard of Menlo Park," he's a prolific inventor and serial entrepreneur. He's also an author, futurist and educator. Read more: http://www...

07/07/2010

Electric car company Tesla Motors makes a roadster that is faster than almost any Ferrari. Tesla sells this sleek two-seater for north of $100,000. Celebrities like actor Brad Pitt and California Gov. Arnold Shwarzenegger are fans. On June 29 Tesla ( TSLA...

07/30/2010

The first microbe to live entirely by artificial genetic instructions began proliferating in a test tube in late March at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md. Venter and his colleagues built a synthetic genome for a strain of the Mycoplasma...

07/30/2010

EARLY last year, Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors, strode into a giant hangar outside Los Angeles, in fitted jeans, leather boots and a designer jacket. With electronic dance music blaring, he whipped a black cover off a shiny silver car: a...

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