The National Science Foundation awarded a five-year, $2 million grant to researchers at Iowa State University who developed a new machine-learning and mathematical modeling to plant breeding and farm management practices. Researchers plan to focus on three areas: harnessing mathematical models to better predict traits of crops; genomic selection, or the decisions plant breeders make […]

MidAmerican Energy is adding hundreds of smart sensors to electric lines in an effort to identify the source of power outages faster and send crews directly to the source, MidAmerican Energy announced on Wednesday. The devices, called remote fault indicators, attach to power lines and transmit outage and location details to MidAmerican Energy control room […]

Des Moines Area Community College has opened enrollment for its new Facebook and Digital Marketing Certificate. The certificate program is part of Facebook’s initiative to train 1 million people across the U.S. by 2020; the company has partnered with DMACC to arm individuals and small businesses with social media and digital marketing skills. Facebook has […]

Registration is open now for the fall session of Greater Des Moines Partnership’s biannual Raising Capital Seminar, scheduled this month for Sept. 27.  Sponsored by BrownWinick Law Firm, the day-long seminar takes participants from the basics of pitch decks to the intricacies of term sheets and negotiations, said Mike Colwell, executive director of entrepreneurial initiatives at […]

VENTUREBEAT: Imagine opening your mailbox and receiving a paper deed, proclaiming your legal ownership to every piece of digital, medical and locational data you have ever generated. Now imagine that paper deed has the blockchain technology behind it to allow you to protect or lease that data to any organization seeking its use. A new […]

Heidi Nebel, intellectual property attorney and chair of the Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees & Sease PLC, will be speaking on a panel at the Association of Technology Managers Leadership Forum in San Diego, California, McKee, Voorhees & Sease announced this month. Nebel and her fellow panelists will speak on “The Current […]

A group of eastern Iowa researchers have been granted a utility patent for a new “range-shifting” device to improve potential radiosurgery for certain types of brain cancer, the Corridor Business Journal reports. The device, which resembles a domed helmet, is designed for use in stereotactic radio surgery. The piece was created by Dongxu Wang, a […]

Danielle Feinberg, Pixar Animation Studio’s director of photography for lighting, is bringing her experience on movies like “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo” to Iowa State University’s campus on Thursday with her lecture “The Art of Science: Bringing Imagined Worlds to Life,” reports the Iowa State Daily. Feinberg, who will speak at […]

Kent Corporation announced the opening of a new Kent Innovation Center on the Research Park campus at the Iowa State University, the company announced in a press release. Kent Corporation will be able to collaborate with more than 90 Iowa companies through Kent Corporation’s Enterprise Innovation Group, the company said in a statement. Jeff Underwood, […]