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6:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Carmel Teens Advance in Ocean Health XPrize Competition

Jack Maughan (left) and Ethan Kurteff (right) with their pH sensor and the XPrize validation team.
Credit Lisa Walder

When Jack Maughan first told his friends Ethan Kurteff and Benek Robertson about the Wendy Schmitt Ocean Health XPrize, they had kind of a typical teen reaction.  “Jack walks up to us and is like, 'we can win $750,000' and that excited me,” says Ethan Kurteff with a laugh.

This XPrize competition aims to help solve ocean acidification, which happens when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide, and the seawater’s pH level drops. 

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6:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Woman who helped transform Portland to headline Fort Ord trails event

A new bike lane on Imjin Road on the former Fort Ord.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Portland, Oregon is well known as a bike friendly city, but it wasn’t always that way.  The woman who helped change the city from being car centric to the place with hundreds of miles of bike lanes, trails and walkways is Mia Birk.  

She’s the former bicycle coordinator for Portland, and now President of Alta Planning and Design – a company that works with communities across the country to create infrastructure so people can bike and walk as part of their daily lives. 

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6:45 am
Thu January 15, 2015

UCSC Linguists Use Modern Technology To Study Ancient Language

Dr. Jaye Padgett with metal headpiece used in study
Credit Doug McKnight

 

 

  

Right now there are about 6000 different languages are spoken around the world. But many linguists predict if nothing is done half of those will disappear within this century.  One of those languages is Irish or Gaelic. This nearly 2000 year old language is no longer the primary language in Ireland and is changing with every generation. So UC Santa Cruz researchers are trying to save it.

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9:48 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Are these Salinas Valley students exactly what Silicon Valley needs?

CSIT-in-3 students Daniel Diaz (left) and Brian De Anda map out options for reducing the size of a mobile app their team is building.
Credit Krista Almanzan

As most college kids are getting ready for their winter classes, students who want a career in tech are busy preparing for summer.  Right now they’re interviewing for internships. 

That’s where we find a unique class of college students we first met about a year ago.   They’re from the Salinas Valley, many the children of farm workers or immigrants themselves, who are working towards careers in Silicon Valley. 

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6:45 am
Thu January 1, 2015

In the New Year California Issues Driver's Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

An AB60 driver's license is picture on the left. It contains the words, "Federal Limits Apply."

On January 2nd , California becomes the tenth state to issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants after they pass the written test, the driving test and buy insurance.

The bill known as AB60 was written by State Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Watsonville.  He says the license will look like any California driver’s license except in the upper right  hand corner there are three words, “Federal Limits Apply”.  (see picture above)

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