Board and Patron News

06/06/2011

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has announced a $50 million challenge grant from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation in support of its efforts to reshape drug development for Parkinson's disease.

06/06/2011

The director of the biggest blockbuster movie in history, James Cameron, still has his heart set on flying in space someday — and some reports suggest he might be up for a trip on the moon.But Cameron says his trip into Earth orbit or beyond won't be merely a joyride: It's got to have a bigger purpose, and part of that purpose would be to document the real-life wonders of the cosmos on film, much as he did in the fictional, computer-augmented setting of "Avatar."Cameron's spaceflight aspirations go back more than a decade: In the year 2000, reports emerged that he had gone through medical exams in preparation for a flight to Russia's Mir space station or the International Space Station. "We were putting together a 'filming mission,' a commercial space venture utilizing the capability of the Russian space system to get me up there with a camera," Cameron told me three years later.

06/15/2011

Elastec/American Marine (USA) has delivered two custom oil and debris skimming boats manufactured in Europe to a major client in Asia, the Carmi-based firm announced Monday.

The 10m/32ft craft is capable of collecting, storing and transporting recovered oil and debris, according to an Elastec news release.

07/19/2011

An unused pad at the nation's West Coast launch complex is being retrofitted to send up the world's most powerful rocket. Private rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies is spending between $20 million and $30 million to renovate the site that will be home to its Falcon Heavy, the largest rocket since the retired Saturn V that hurled astronauts to the moon.

07/19/2011

Tell Me More's series "Flying High: First In Their Class" looks back on some of the famous firsts the space-shuttle program produced. In this final installment, host Michel Martin speaks with Anousheh Ansari, the first woman to pay for a voyage to space, the first Iranian American to travel into space and first person to blog from the International Space Station.

07/21/2011

Elon Musk wants humans to live on other planets one day. But he's worried about the cost of getting there. So in 2002, he took the fortune he made in Internet start-ups and started his own rocket company. He called it SpaceX.

08/03/2011

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes the human race should aspire to colonize the solar system, rather than just making do with inhabiting planet Earth. "Are we on the path to becoming a multi-planet species or not?" Musk asked rhetorically at a recent conference on propulsion. "[Because] if we're not, it's really not that exciting after all."



08/03/2011

I find Peter to be one of those very rare and totally inspirational people who have the resume to prove that the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself. It is for this reason that I decided to post the full list of Peter’s Laws. I believe that we can all benefit from adopting these laws as guiding principles in our lives.

08/10/2011

Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Moon Express, announced a new era of commercial space exploration at a gala party at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., July 21. The date of the event coincided with the final return of NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis and the 42nd anniversary of Apollo 11.

09/09/2011

Peter Diamandis, the chairman of Singularity University and head of the X Prize Foundation, says that executives had better be aware of exponential technologies like the rapid advances in chips (Moore’s law), biotechnology, or connectivity so that they can use them to gain a competitive advantage.

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