As the costs of DNA sequencing and synthesis drop precipitously, a host of computer science-meets-biotech startups are cropping up in Silicon Valley. TeselaGen, which makes middleware for biotech labs that want to quickly design and iterate on new DNA constructs, is building tools that will help researchers set up and manage wetware experiments and interpret data from lab equipment. They and other...
Economist Izumi Devalier explains Fukushima's impact on Japan's economy three years after the disaster.
The US state of Colorado says it collected more than $2m in the first round of tax payments from newly legalized marijuana businesses.
A specialist unit should be set up aiming to make public inquiries more efficient, a Lords committee says.
SAN JOSE -- The Woodside girls soccer team lost three games the past two seasons, but that included the last game of the 2013-14 campaign -- the Central Coast Section Div.
Leanne Pittsford is cultivating her own "gay agenda" in 2014. With the successful culmination of the gay and lesbian community's two main federal policy goals, dismantling both "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), many have been wondering what the future agenda might entail. Those in the broader LGBT community who believe that repeal of DADT and DOMA came at the expense of addressing nationwide economic disparities faced by the community, especially queer men and women of color, believe that a more focused economic agenda is in order. This is where Pittsford enters the scene, as an entrepreneur, technology strategist, and tech investor. Lesbians Who Tech, an organization that she founded in December 2012, and for which she now serves as CEO, is a venture that aims to create an entrepreneurial space within the tech industry for lesbians, and women in general, who are also social advocates. The mission of Lesbians Who Tech is fourfold: to increase the visibility of lesbians within tech fields; to increase their visibility outside the queer women's community; to increase the number of queer women in tech; and to connect lesbians in tech to larger platforms concerning activism and social awareness. The organization recently discussed its mission at its inaugural summit, which took place from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the legendary Castro Theater in San Francisco, with over 600 queer women and their allies in attendance. In "The Social Good" session, for example, panelists and attendees debated how nonprofits can use technology to achieve their goals and work toward those goals. The diversity of speakers attests to the organization's dual agenda of increasing the number of women and lesbians in tech and infusing the tech industry with social activism. From digitalundivided's Kathryn Finney to National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendall, this diversity also speaks to the widespread interest in addressing gender inequality in the tech industry. Speaking with me, Pittsford emphasized the extent to which sexism pervades the tech industry. In response to recent data that revealed that women in tech make an average of 49 cents to each dollar that men make in Silicon Valley, she said, "Tech is sexist, but we had no idea how bad." Pittsford then explained how if you are a lesbian couple working in Silicon Valley, the economic disparity is doubled, even though there is no official data acknowledging that the LGBT community is discriminated against in the tech industry. The truth of the matter is that there are significant economic differences between the Ls, Gs, Bs, and Ts, a fact that is often overlooked because gay men are relatively more financially secure than lesbians and, even more significantly, the trans* community. This disparity becomes magnified when factors of race and ethnicity are added to the equation, as documented thoroughly in The Scholar & Feminist Online's publication "A New Queer Agenda." "Finding economic power in the lesbian community," Pittsford noted, has been a long-term interest of hers, which began earlier in her career while working for Equality California through her creation of the digital agency Start Somewhere, which assists nonprofits in utilizing technology. "Women not only have less money than their male counterparts," she explained, "but they haven't been as institutionally wealthy, so [they] don't have the tools to talk about it, and [they] don't even know how to feel about it." Lesbians Who Tech works to establish this space, literally: Originally conceptualized as a happy-hour meetup in San Francisco, the meetups have spread to 12 different cities stateside, as well as to three international cities, and include over 3,500 members. While San Francisco may serve as the organization's home base, Pittsford is looking to supplement the inaugural summit with a second in New York City, projected as a half-day conference this coming April.
Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night.
EUREKA, Calif. (AP) -- One of the largest earthquakes to hit California in decades rattled the state's northern coast, but its depth and distance from shore reduced the impact on land, where there were no reports of injuries or damage, scientists and authorities said on Monday.
Media titan Pierre Karl Péladeau instantly gives economic credentials to Pauline Marois' Parti Québécois. But his biggest impact could come in the next political battle - a potential third Quebec sovereignty referendum
What do you get when you mix a founding member of chart-topping women's choral group Mediaeval Baebes with a founding member of chart-topping psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker? It's amazing, and you can hear the results on When the World Had Four Corners, the brilliant, brand-new album, just released, by Tumblewild. The group, currently a duo and set to expand, consists of married couple Audrey Evans and Alonza Bevan, she of lyrics and lead vocals, he of bass, guitar, keys, etc. Alonza and I have met -- once, in L.A. -- when Alonza was touring with Aqualung (following his work with Johnny Marr and the Healers), and he had just picked up a tiny baby grand piano for the child Audrey and he were expecting. A few years later, that's their Lewis on their new album's cover, posing before the barn-turned-studio the couple have converted to record, among other things, the latest Kula Shaker album, and of course Tumblewild's When the World Had Four Corners. I congratulate them on both the boy and the album, and ask about "Revenge," their new single and video. Audrey picks up the other line and orchestrates. "Well, I can talk about the video," she says to Alonza, "and you can talk about the song, yeah?"
"I wanted to do a nice, dark, dirty blues number, really," reflects Alonza, "and Audrey came up with a great lyric. We constructed it in the studio -- played everything ourselves on that one. We wanted to chuck some un-bluesy intstruments into the blues soup, like the Indian tamboura, and stuff like that. And even the approach to the drums was kind of a bit more voodoo-tribal, as opposed to the blues thing. Musically it was just a big play on the blues, but mixing up a nice soup." Audrey chimes in on the visuals: "Well, we live not far -- we're lucky -- it's not far from an old steam train line. It's run by amateurs, so they just do it for fun. And you can pretty much go there and look at whatever you want: you can look at trains, you can get on a train -- so we turned up there. We had some Scottish friends over, and our friend Scott had a camera, and we just did it there and then."In one day. Not bad! Alonza laughs: "We got a lot of freebies on that one. Normally it costs quite a lot to get a steam train in a video."Audrey Evans & Alonza Bevan are Tumblewild Audrey and Alonza name-check Bonnie and Clyde as creative inspirations, which prompts Audrey to share some of her methodology: "All the songs we do, I can't sing about myself. Every song -- it's not a scene -- but it is inspired by something: by a photograph, or by a book I have read, or by fairy tales. And this one was kind of inspired by Dial M for Murder -- you know, the Hitchcock film. So it's got that, but then you add the bluesy kind of thing to it, so there's a theme to it, a kind of revenge theme. They both laugh, and Alonza riffs on "Hell hath no fury..." Then Audrey continues: "But also, the album is kind of influenced by the move we made, from London to this remote village in the middle of the woods, and kind of discovering our surroundings, and living a different life." "We feel a bit like outlaws here -- now that we've left London," adds Alonza. I ask if they fade in, or stick out. "We are 'les Anglais,'" he concedes. 'Oh: les Anglais.' They knew -- we hadn't been here more than a day, and we bumped into someone in another village, a few villages away, and we were chatting, and he said, 'Oh, you're the English.' And word had already spread. People around here are super-friendly. That was remarkable, coming from London."Fueling up with Tumblewild Does Alonza, being Welsh, take umbrage to being called "English"? "It's funny for me," he declares, "because I was brought up in England, but my parents were both Welsh -- and particularly my father, was very nationalist-Welsh, like they all are, really -- and just had a huge contempt for the English. It was a real dilemma for me, growing up, you know, within that English culture, while also having -- they killed our king, you see." I express condolences. "It's a funny, schizophrenic thing," continues Alonza. "As Audrey says, I'm only 'Welsh-ish.' When I try to tell her I'm Welsh, she explains that I'm 'Welsh-ish.'" "Yeah, a little bit of Welsh," laughs Audrey, returning to their change in environs. "It was amusing to come to the country -- we had that kind of romantic ideal of like, oh, lovely walks, meadows -- but we didn't think of, you know, basic things, like plumbing and heating." "Heating's a problem," admits Alonza. "Nothing to do with the album, but yeah, it's true: They don't have buttons here, or like a little dial you turn up when it gets cold, you just turn it, and it gets warmer? You kind of have to cut wood. You have to work for your warmth." The work has paid off. When the World Had Four Corners is terrific, already one of the great albums this year. We discuss a few tracks, and I ask if that's Lewis' baby-baby grand on the delicate "Elevator Girl." "No, that would be cool, wouldn't it?" responds Alonza. "It's actually very out-of-tune, that piano. That's a little glockenspiel -- it's something that Audrey rescued from an old school. It's sad, a lot of the music education of the early years is changing, so they're chucking out all those old little Fisher Price bells, and glockenspiels, and things like that -- but they sound great, they record great." He cites a Serge Gainsbourg inspiration (Hammond organ, et al) -- and lo! there's "Bonnie and Clyde" again. Consistent, these two. Audrey brings the backstory: "It's inspired by a Robert Frank photograph called 'Elevator Girl.' This girl, that's her job -- that's all she does, she's pushing buttons, and no one sees her. That photo takes that kind of loneliness, and it spoke to me -- so I decided to write a song about it." Detailing another: "'Lucinda' -- that song was inspired by a book called Water for Elephants (by Sara Gruen) -- they did a film afterwards -- and it's a story about a fat lady in the circus, and the man telling the story -- and that spoke to me -- how they used to 'red-light' people: they used to chuck them off the train!" Audrey shares her appreciation for Edward Hopper, then turns to a haunting, standout track. "'Sweet Bones' is actually 'The Grasshopper and the Ant,'" she says, and asks if I know what it is. (Pleasingly, I do: Aesop's fable.) "It's my favorite of Aesop's fables, and it used to terrify me as a kid! I thought, 'I really want to be an ant! But I know that I'm a grasshopper at heart.' Actually, I think I married a grasshopper." The two share a good chuckle. I ask how Alonza and Audrey -- the bass-man and the Baebe -- manage to merge their estimable talents. "We have very different musical tastes, to start with," explains Audrey. "And being husband and wife, it's weird to work with your husband. I just want to laugh all the time, or I just want to throw hissy-fits -- it's one or the other. But sometimes for me it just works. And I think the will of both of us wanting to do something, and enjoying each other's company, and respecting each other -- like each other's paths, where we come from." She laughs, "But like, when you started bringing the Hammond organ out--" Alonza rejoins, amused, "You hated it. You hated everything. Anything new I would try, you hated it." Audrey clarifies: "No! I want to keep things all simplistic -- like, fewer instruments -- I'm a big fan of letting a song breathe. So those were kind of our fighting points: Alonza always wanted to add another thing on. But then, it just worked: we do enjoying doing stuff together. And we do have a mutual love of blues music, or traditional kind of American folk music. And so for that it jelled, it kind of worked." "Kind of" is an understatement. When the World Had Four Corners is rich and rewarding, an album of gems. We close with Audrey and Alonza weighing in on the art form itself: "I'm a huge music fan," notes Audrey. "I think I prefer even listening to music to singing or playing myself. But I just can't see my life without music. I guess it's like a natural progression -- I like other things: I love photography, and there's other art forms I love. But music -- I was bathed in it, I guess, from an early age." "Music, it's true," enthuses Alonza, "of all the art forms, it's the one that spoke to me the most -- the one that kind of moved you the most -- I guess when you're younger it's something that you just connect with -- more than you would with a piece of art, or even the movies or something. It becomes a soundtrack to your life. It's what you project onto the world."Photos courtesy of TumblewildWhen the World Had Four Corners downloadWhen the World Had Four Corners CDsTumblewild official website
Biologists with the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission returned a rehabilitated Florida panther to the wild on Monday.
The female panther, approximately 19 months old, was released on private property in southeast Hendry County, according to an FWC news release.
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers, is running Obamacare attack ads featuring a cancer patient who claimed her treatments were "unaffordable" under the new health law. On Monday, The Detroit News reported that the patient will actually save more than $1,000 a year.Julie Boonstra says in the anti-Obamacare ad that was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago, and her health care plan was canceled when Obamacare went into effect. "Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it's unaffordable," she said. Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That's $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra's premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That's a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year. According to The Detroit News, Boonstra said it "can't be true" that her new coverage is cheaper than her old. "I personally do not believe that," Boonstra said. The ads set out to target Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who faces former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) in a tight race for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat. Peters voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act. The billionaire Koch brothers have spent millions in attack ads in Michigan and beyond, prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to take a public stand against their tactics. Reid accused the Kochs of "trying to buy America," saying Republicans are "addicted to Koch." Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. The newspaper reported her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.
An 80-year-old 150 Mile House man is recuperating at home after an RCMP dog handler carried him to safety when he went missing on a local trail.
Stars forward Rich Peverley has been taken to hospital after collapsing on the bench during Monday's game in Dallas against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Stars forward Rich Peverley has been taken to hospital after collapsing on the bench during Monday's game in Dallas against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Sidney Crosby had a hand in both early goals and Pittsburgh converted on two of its first three shots Monday night, Chris Kunitz scored twice, and the Penguins beat Alex Ovechkin's struggling Washington Capitals 3-2.
In the final game of Mondays MIAA basketball semifinal action, Central Catholic took down Catholic Memorial, 79-66, to advance to the Division 1 state championship.
With just three weeks to go until the April 1 Democratic primary, the campaign for D.C. mayor all but started over on Monday, when prosecutors accused incumbent Vincent C. Gray of helping to orchestrate an illegal "shadow campaign" that helped propel him to office four years ago.
SAN JOSE -- Neighbors on Valparaiso Avenue in Atherton, the girls soccer teams at Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep now share more than a zip code after becoming co-champions of the Central Coast Section Div.
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