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December 27, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN QUENTIN - North of Silicon Valley on a rocky promontory overlooking San Francisco Bay stands California's oldest prison. Inmates here are cut off from the innovation the nearby high-tech industry produces. They are not permitted on the Internet, and most have never touched a smartphone or a tablet. But two technology veterans - Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti - are bringing the promise of Silicon Valley to San Quentin State Prison by creating a high-tech incubator here called the Last Mile.
December 26, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
China watched this month as the nation's first lunar rover rolled across the moon's surface. It was a moment of national pride when images of the six-wheel rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, were transmitted live back to Earth, showing the red and gold Chinese flag on the moon for the first time. "Now as Jade Rabbit has made its touchdown on the moon surface," the state-run Xinhua news agency said, "the whole world again marvels at China's remarkable space capabilities. " The lunar triumph offered many Americans their first glimpse at an unfolding new space race involving countries with emerging economies.
December 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Two technologies acquired by Apple earlier in 2013 were revealed this week: BroadMap and Catch. Apple's acquisitions were reported by 9to5Mac and later confirmed by Apple to AllThingsD . BroadMap specialized in mapping data; Catch was a cloud-based note-taking app. In the case of BroadMap, Apple acquired the company's team and technology but not the actual company or its name. The BroadMap deal likely occurred in the first half of 2013, and Apple may be using the firm's technology to improve Apple Maps, according to 9to5Mac.
December 15, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
One by one, hour after hour Saturday in a ballroom at Cal State Los Angeles, residents, elected officials and activists from southeast Los Angeles pleaded with an air district hearing board to shut down a Vernon battery recycler accused of endangering hundreds of thousands of people because of unsafe arsenic and lead emissions. "I'm a mother, asking you, please, do something," said Sandra Martinez. "I go days without sleeping, worrying about my child dying in his sleep from asthma.
December 13, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A hard hit rattles a football player's helmet, prompting vibrations in an athletic trainer's pocket. If the trainer wasn't already, he (or she) starts watching the player for signs of a concussion. The wireless alert system from helmet maker Riddell is one of several technologies aimed at spotting potentially concussion-causing head impacts. But getting players and parents to try them remains a challenge. Westlake Village Westlake High purchased 25 sensors this summer and offered them to its 120 players for $150 on a first-come, first-served basis.
December 12, 2013
Re "Global Hawk flies into budget battle," Dec. 6 The Air Force's decision to curtail its use of the Global Hawk spy drone demonstrates how clouded decisions can become in today's fiscally constrained environment. Near-term decisions based on fiscal challenges have to be tempered with their long-term strategic impacts. The Air Force is well aware of this, and balancing the fiscal realities of today with long-term benefits has always been a significant challenge for all the armed services, the Global Hawk being a prime example.
December 12, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
Loneliness, hubris, depression and other fixtures of human frailty get amplified by technology in several of this year's most forward-thinking films. In "Her," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "Gravity," direct person-to-person contact comes across as old-fashioned 20th century behavior. Instead, characters connect with each other through ear buds, smartphones, message boards, passwords, radio transmissions, encrypted files, uploads, downloads and computer screens. For motion pictures that cast modern technology as the Great Enabler, it's all about the interface.
December 11, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Los Angeles-based Aecom Technology Corp. has appointed Michael S. Burke, who joined the company in 2005, as chief executive. Burke, 50, will succeed John M. Dionisio, 65, who has been nominated to be executive chairman of the company's board of directors. "I'm delighted and honored to have the opportunity to lead the 45,000 architects and engineers in our company," Burke said in a telephone interview. "We've had a great period of growth over the past eight years. " Burke was appointed chief financial officer in 2006 and president in 2011.
December 10, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced the Art + Technology Lab, which will provide grants and lab space to artists who want to experiment with new technologies. LACMA said the new program and lab space would encourage innovative ideas and foster collaboration across disciplines and industries. "The endeavor will award grants, in-kind support, and facilities at the museum to help artists take purposeful risks in order to explore new boundaries in both art and science," the museum said Tuesday in a press release.
December 10, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A train derailment that killed four passengers could have been averted if the train had been equipped with recommended technology to automatically slow speeding trains, federal investigators said in the latest push to pressure railroads to implement the system. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that investigators had found no problems with the speed sensors, brake controls or the so-called dead man's pedal -- a sort of emergency brake -- of the Metro-North train that derailed on Nov. 24 in the Bronx.
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