WSU launches health science incubator to build, grow startups in Spokane

Washington State University has launched a new incubator to grow early-stage health care and life science startup companies.

Spinout Space in Spokane – also known as sp3nw – will offer startups assistance with grant preparation; operational and intellectual property support; and legal and marketing services in the Ignite Northwest building at 120 N. Pine St., according to a news release.

It also will provide startups with a offices, lab space and an opportunity to interact with WSU faculty, a mentor network of established entrepreneurs and nearly three dozen consultants, investor groups and service providers. 

The network of consultants and mentors will aid in the process of commercializing health care products, while driving economic and job growth in the region, according to the news release.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded sp3nw with a $250,000 grant that will go toward attracting and retaining biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies,

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Following Apple Award Win, Shanghai Developers Of Genshin Impact Hopes To Build Its Own ‘Marvel Universe’

When Forrest Liu and his Shanghai-based video game developer company MiHoYo decided in 2017 to build a new mobile game to accompany its successful action RPG (role-playing game) Honkai Impact series, he envisioned an open-world style adventure, in which users can roam freely with their virtual characters.

The problem was, while open-world games have been all the rage in the console and PC space, it had never been done before in the mobile gaming space.

“It seemed like an impossible task,” Liu says. But after three years of development and “over 100 million yuan spent on the project,” the open-world mobile game Genshin Impact made its debut this past September.

It helped that MiHoYo, which was cofounded by Liu and two former college classmates in 2011, already had the smash hit Honkai series, so it wasn’t hard finding investors

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The cutest Mars rover in the galaxy is one you can build for yourself

This perky little rover uses 3D-printed parts and runs on a Raspberry Pi computer.


Most Mars rovers are kind of cute anyway (hello, NASA Curiosity), but they’re about to be outdone by a new kid on the block: the ExoMy rover, a model Mars vehicle you can build for yourself from 3D-printed components.

ExoMy is based on the Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover from the European Space Agency. ESA has made the ExoMy open-source plans available free online through GitHub.

“We focused on making the design as affordable and accessible as possible,” ESA’s Miro Voellmy said in a statement on Monday. “It uses a Raspberry Pi computer and off-the-shelf electronic parts available online and at any hobby shop.”  

The agency estimates it will cost between $300 and $600 to make the rover, which

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S&P Nears $44 Billion IHS Markit Deal to Build Data Giant

(Bloomberg) — S&P Global Inc. is in advanced talks to buy IHS Markit Ltd. for about $44 billion, a deal that would accelerate the wave of consolidation among Wall Street’s biggest data providers.


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An announcement could come as early as Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter, who declined to be identified because the information isn’t public. IHS Markit was valued at $36.9 billion at the close of New York trading on Friday, after climbing to a record earlier in the week. S&P has a market capitalization of $82 billion after climbing 25% in New York this year.

The proposed tie-up of S&P with IHS Markit, a research firm with more than 5,000 analysts, data scientists, financial experts and industry specialists, is part of a race for scale as the industry’s largest players try to capitalize on surging demand for data and analytics in increasingly computerized

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Early Docker build demonstrates incoming Apple Silicon support

The virtualization software Docker is getting closer to being usable by developers on an Apple Silicon Mac, with an early version of the tool confirmed as being able to run on the new chip architecture.

Mentioned in Apple’s launch of its Apple Silicon Mac lineup, Docker has yet to fully make the transition from being usable on Intel Macs to versions using M1. In a tweet, it seems the work to make the transition is making progress.

Docker VP of engineering Jean-Laurent Morlhorn shared a post on Twitter by developer Dave Scott, showing a version of Docker that is working on an M1 Mac. In commenting on the screenshot, Morlhorn adds it is a “super early version of Docker Desktop running on Apple Silicon.”

While the post is a good sign for users of the tool, it doesn’t mean it will be released imminently with Apple Silicon

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Karnataka launches the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative to build innovation and technology ecosystem beyond the c

In the run up to the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 — the flagship technology summit organised by the Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka — the launch of the Beyond Bengaluru initiative was announced. Beyond Bengaluru, which will be an integral part of the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020, is focused towards building an innovation and technology ecosystem in the state of Karnataka.

The programme takes root in the new IT policy 2020 – 2025, which aims to boost IT penetration and innovation in the state holistically. The programme aims at enhancing growth in the IT /ITES, Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), Electronic System Design Manufacturing (ESDM), and Telecom sector industries located at the upcoming cities of Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubbali – Dharwad and Shivamogga.

The state’s efforts in building economic and industry clusters

Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan,

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Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology collaborates with IBM to build future-ready skills and enhance employability

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and IBM India Pvt Ltd on Thursday announced a collaboration to set up an education and skilling ecosystem that creates critical thinkers, problem-solvers, and next-generation innovators through the Common Services Centre (CSC) Academy.

The CSC Academy, part of the Common Services Centre (CSC) scheme of the Government of India’s Digital India programme and IBM, along with their implementation partners CSR Box, Uva Jagriti Sansthan and Jeevitam, will foster the capability and development of learners with diverse backgrounds and educational needs.

As part of the collaboration, IBM will curate and provide content from its key skilling programs – SkillsBuild and STEM for Girls – to be used for the training services and in community-development programmes that are currently being conducted across the 6000 CSC Academies. The IBM programmes offer courses and project-based learning in various technologies including Cloud & AI.

The CSC Academy

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How Volvo Uses Gaming Tech to Build Safer Vehicles

Since Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point safety belt in 1959 that became a standard feature on all modern cars and helped save countless lives, Volvo has become synonymous with safety.

The company knows that when developing new autonomous technologies and safety features such as collision avoidance, it is paramount to cover all possible scenarios that drivers could encounter on the road.

To do this, the carmaker’s engineers use what they call “the ultimate driving simulator”, a setup that would make any hardcore gamer jealous.

It features a moving driving seat, a steering wheel with enhanced haptic feedback, the innovative XR-1 Developer Edition VR headset provided by Finnish experts Varjo, and a full-body Teslasuit that also provides accurate haptic feedback.

The real-time 3D software is provided by Unity Technologies, the company behind the world’s most popular video game development platforms. It enables Volvo developers to create extremely realistic virtual

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Tech Leaders Come Together to Build Out the Future of AI in Customer Support

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Forethought, an AI enterprise company, today unveiled its Customer Advisory Board. The group comprises industry leaders that advise on the future of AI in enterprise. Given each party’s breadth of experience, the collaboration seeks to expand market knowledge and the future of exceptional customer support when powered by AI. 

With COVID-19, people around the globe transitioned to a digital-first world and customer support queues filled to the brim, with tickets piling up to 5x their usual numbers. Industry leaders, like Pinterest and Carta, partnered with Forethought to help reduce ticket resolution times and enable customer support agents to focus on more complex customer concerns. 

“Customer experience is at the heart of every business and has a big impact on how customers engage with the company and their loyalty,” said Gerald Hastie, Head of Global Customer Ops at Pinterest. “As an industry,

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Relativity Space raises $500M to speed up plan to build and launch 3D-printed rockets

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Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis stands alongside a 3D-printed rocket component. (Relativity Space Photo)

Relativity Space says it’s brought in another $500 million in investment to speed up its effort to build entire orbital-class rockets using 3D printing.

The startup — which was founded in Seattle less than five years ago and is now headquartered in Long Beach, Calif. — has attracted more than $685 million from investors so far, and is said to have a total valuation in excess of $2 billion.

That rise to unicorn status has sparked comparisons to another California-based space venture, SpaceX, even though Relativity has yet to launch a rocket.

In a news release, Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis said his company is on track to execute the first launch of its Terran 1 rocket from Florida next year, thanks to existing capital on its balance sheet.

“With this new Series D funding, we

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