Al Gore To Speak At Venter Institutes Sustainable Lab Grand Opening

first_imgThe J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research institute, today announced that former Vice President Al Gore will be the special guest speaker for their “Step into the Genome” Black Tie Grand Opening Fundraising Event on November 9, 2013.To celebrate the opening of the new sustainable, net zero carbon genomics laboratory in La Jolla, California, JCVI is also pleased to announce Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, as the headlining musical entertainment. William Close and the Earth Harp Collective and Jennifer Spingola and Jesse Malloy will kick off the evening event which begins at 6 p.m.Former Vice President Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”“We cannot think of a more appropriate person to commemorate the opening of our net zero carbon, ultra green genomics lab than Al Gore. His commitment to sustainability and his determination to educate the world about climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time, is unparalleled. We are honored that Al will join us in opening this one of a kind building and look forward to hearing from the authority on the climate crisis,” said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute.JCVI is also excited to announce headlining musical act Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. This band is fronted by San Diego’s own Karl Denson, a legendary saxophonist who has been moving minds and bodies for nearly three decades of relentless touring. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band, a founding member of The Greyboy Allstars and a member of dub rockers Slightly Stoopid. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe plays a mix of funk infused jazz.William Close and the Earth Harp Collective is the brainchild of William who is most famous for captivating audiences on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012, but he’s been fine tuning the “Earth Harp” since its creation in 1999. It is the world’s largest stringed instrument and is truly a musical marvel described as kinetic indulgence of musical invention.Roving violinist Jennifer Spingola accompanied by DJ Jesse Malloy will round out the musical entertainment. Spingola is an accomplished musician whose modern take on the violin has been turning heads around the world. She’ll be making use of all the space the new building has to offer as she plays along to melodic beats that DJ Jesse serves up.The gala is expected to draw approximately 250 guests who will experience the culinary wonders of Waters Catering. The Waters’ team has developed a “molecularly memorable” menu of delicious, science themed food and cocktail items to delight guests. The celebrity cocktail chef, Matthew Biancaniello will be on hand to “synthesize” specially crafted cocktails using innovative blends of alcohol and fine organic produce.The landscape of the newly designed space will be brought to life thanks to the event experts of ShowTec, Inc., using their tool box of technical paintbrushes to celebrate the unique architecture and science of JCVI. Crafted seating pods, stylish tablescapes and vibrant projection washes will create a one of a kind gala.This unique event will be the perfect event to showcase the beautiful glass, steel, concrete and wood JCVI sustainable lab which will be the new West Coast home to approximately 125 JCVI scientists and staff. The event is made possible only through the generous support from sponsors.To learn more about the net zero carbon building, JCVI and the opening gala click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Theatre community deserves informed honest critics

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: When writing a review, I avoid reading any other critic’s response to the work in question – like most reviewers, I imagine. But after I’ve filed, I’m Googling like crazy. Were my impressions similar to those of my counterparts?When it’s theatre I’m reviewing, the first critic I seek out is Colin Thomas. Thomas has been a theatre reviewer at Vancouver’s alt-weekly The Georgia Straight since I arrived in this city – and long before. He is a respected fixture, reviewing two to three shows a week with solid theatre knowledge, encyclopedic context, a sharp eye, fearless opinions – and fine writing to boot.Thomas stunned the local arts community this week with a blog post: “I just got fired from The Georgia Straight. Thirty years. No warning. No compensation,” it began. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook I know Thomas a bit, just from running into him at performances. I know him much better as a reader. I consider him the best theatre reviewer in Vancouver.In his post, Thomas detailed a meeting with two Straight editors – both of whom I also know (it’s a small community) – in which he says he was told letting him go was not their decision; they had fought it. As for the reason, it was suggested there may have been a confluence of factors – financial difficulties, and he’s not on staff, so his job is easier to cut – but also that there had been complaints from some companies. “You know: that you never like anything,” Thomas wrote in his account of the conversation.last_img read more

Games of Thrones baby names growing on us Wook at the wittle

first_imgThe Mother of Dragons helped inspire some baby names. HBO/Helen Sloan The top baby names of 2018 as logged by the US Social Security Administration are now out. You won’t find any geeky surprises on the top-10 lists, but the data on the rising popularity of names shows Game of Thrones and Star Wars fans are expressing their love of fantasy and sci-fi.A future generation of George R.R. Martin readers came into the world in 2018 bearing names like Khaleesi (up from 631 in 2017 to 549 in the rankings) and Yara (up from 986 to 672). Babies born in the US received “Ari,” “Ariyah” and “Aria” as names, though it’s hard to determine if those are Game of Thrones references. “Arya” ranked in the 119th spot for female names while “Aria” came in at 19th. Perhaps a lot of opera fans had babies last year. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Game of Thrones Star Wars,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Stephen King has his own idea for how Game of Thrones should end Game of Thrones star apologizes for evil deed Cersei made him do Post a comment Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See at Amazon See at Turo Rylo 57 Photos Chris Monroe/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET See it DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET $999 See It 0 $155 at Google Express Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $6 at Tidal Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TV and Movies Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET See It $210 at Best Buy Turo Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 See It Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read the AirPods review $59 at eBay Boost Mobile 7 Some characters didn’t even crack the top 1,000. You won’t find Cersei, Tyrion, Brienne, Sansa or Samwell on the list. Jon Snow isn’t getting much love, either. The spelling “Jon” logged in at 754 for male names, while “John” ranked in the 27th spot.On the Star Wars side of things, Kylo moved up from 1,152 in 2017 to 865 in 2018. Rey, however, still remains primarily a boy’s name. It didn’t even make the top-1,000 list for girls.The No. 1 names in 2018 were Liam for boys and Emma for girls. While Khaleesi gained ground, “Daenerys” is conspicuously missing. Maybe because it’s so hard to spell it right. We can blame George R.R. Martin for that one. $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Game of Thrones heads to the finish Tags The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Apple iPhone XS Tags $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read Google Home Hub reviewlast_img read more

How Investing in the Arts Could Drive Innovation in Houston

first_imgpexels.com Listen When we hear about “innovation,” we may automatically think of technology hubs like Silicon Valley or Austin. But what about arts and culture? How do they drive innovation?That’s what author and urban scholar and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett studies. She’s a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. She’s speaking at a Rice University event tonight about the importance of cities investing in innovation for a competitive advantage.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Currid-Halkett about how Houston can invest more in the arts and why she says we’ll ultimately come out ahead for doing so.The event is tonight from 7 to 8:30 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, located at 1001 Bissonnet Street.elizabethcurridhalkett.comElizabeth Currid-Halkett, chair in urban and regional planning at the University of South California’s Price School of Public Policy. Share 00:00 /09:43center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Live better with strawberries

first_imgStrawberries or garden strawberry, commonly known as Fragaria ananassa an edible fruit which is a hybrid species of French and Argentinean varieties, is cultivated across the globe. The fruit is juicy and hence keeps your body rehydrated during summers. Also, it is very useful for cognitive development and gives you a strong vision. 1.Vitamin C in strawberries strengthens the immunity system of the body. The content of vitamin C fights against cough, cold, flu and viral infections. Strawberries contain antioxidants which allow proper functioning of the cells in the body. Vitamin C, itself being an antioxidant, prevents inflammation and free radicals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf 2. Strawberry consists of an element called alpha-hydroxy acid which acts as a natural scrubber. Thus it can be used as a scrubber to remove the dead skin cells. Also, aspartic acid in strawberry removes the toxins from the skin. So experience complete rejuvenation and get the naturally embraceable glowing skin with strawberries to feel that touch! 3. Blessed with antioxidants, flavonoids, fibre, potassium, vitamin C and folate, strawberry is a great fruit to successfully fight against a variety of heart ailments. These essential nutrients help to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. Flavonoids help to regulate the proper functioning of arteries and prevent blood clotting even. Vitamin C is effective in making the heart muscles strong and efficient. Potassium and magnesium reduce the risk of high blood pressure. So, all the heart patients will surely embrace strawberries with joy!last_img read more

Staffordshire motorway service station rated best in England for second time

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Read MoreThere are 70 new jobs up for grabs at this local company (& this is how you can get one!) Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “Motorway users tell us they have a good experience when visiting service areas, but it’s clear that many do not feel the experience is good value for money. “They want pleasant, well maintained facilities with good quality food choices. “Motorway services continue to play an important safety role providing drivers with the opportunity to take a break. Drivers in the survey confirm they feel less stressed and are more alert after stopping at motorway services.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Read MoreWhat to do if you’ve bought a Rewind North 2019 ticket Norton Canes Services and Stafford South are both owned by Roadchef – with the company saying it had invested in new facilities and dining options at both sites. Commenting on the results, Mark Fox, CEO, said: “We’re thrilled at the success of our M6 sites in the recent Transport Focus survey, especially as Norton Canes has been recognised by customers as the top performing service area for the second year running. “We are proud to continue to invest in our sites, improving and adding facilities to suit all needs and restaurants to suit every taste. “The team works incredibly hard to ensure all our customers have a fantastic experience with us, and these results are a testament to Roadchef’s ongoing commitment to making Britain’s roads safer and motorists happier.” poll loadingWhich service station in North Staffordshire/South Cheshire do you think is the best?0+ VOTES SO FARStafford North (M6)Stafford South (M6)Keele North (M6)Keele South (M6)Sandbach North (M6)Sandbach South (M6)Hilton Park North (M6)Hilton Park South (M6)Knutsford North (M6)Knutsford South (M6)Norton Canes (M6 Toll)Tamworth (M42) Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorway service station in Staffordshire has been named the best in England for the second year running – according to the results of an annual survey. The Norton Canes Service station, on the M6 Toll Road, received a 99 per cent satisfaction rating after previously topping the list last year. Stafford North Services, on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junction 14 and junction 15, was ranked 4th best in England according to the annual survey carried out by Transport Focus, an independent watchdog. The survey looked at 111 of the 112 motorway service areas in England – with only Folkestone Services choosing not to participate – and around 11,600 surveys completed by members of the public while travelling and using the facilities. Read MoreMet Office issues yellow weather warning for rain in North Staffordshire and Cheshire Stafford South Services, which in the 2017 survey was rated second worst in the country, came in eighth overall in 2019 – although this is down from the list in 2018 when it came second. Other service stations along the M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire appeared throughout the list – with Sandbach Northbound finishing worst on 102nd. The worst ranked Staffordshire service station was Keele Southbound at 82nd. The worst ranked service station in England was the Severn Services off the M48 near Bristol. Service stations on the M6 in Staffordshire and Cheshire – and where they finished(Ranked highest to lowest – number is overall place in 111 surveyed service stations across England) 1. Norton Canes (M6 Toll – Staffordshire) 4. Stafford Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 8. Stafford Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 10. Hilton Park Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 37. Sandbach Southbound (M6 Cheshire) 40. Keele Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 48. Knutsford Southbound (M6 Cheshire) 62. Hilton Park Northbound (M6 Staffordshire) 82. Keele Southbound (M6 Staffordshire) 88. Knutsford Northbound (M6 Cheshire) 102. Sandbach Northbound (M6 Cheshire) (Ranks according to Transport Focus Survey in 2019 – as surveyed by approximately 11,600 members of the public) Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more