Gov. Kim Reynolds will make a presentation and sit for a “fireside chat” with organizer Ben McDougal at the 1 Million Cups Des Moines gathering March 14 at the Science Center of Iowa, co-sponsored by 1 Million Cups Midwest. The gathering for innovators and startup companies runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Parking at the […]
Clay & Milk reports that lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require net neutrality in Iowa. Iowa House File 2287 would prohibit communications service providers from slowing down internet traffic based on content, applications, services or the use of certain devices. It also would ban interfering with someone’s use of a broadband service.
Successful Farming tells the story of Premium Standard Farms, which sought to modernize hog confinements in Iowa decades ago but was chased off to Missouri after working on a development near Ledges State Park.
We all know about pet therapy, but a group of hospitals is deploying canines in an official feel-good mission for patients, Radio Iowa reports. The hospitals in Iowa and Nebraska are offering “wag therapy.” Kris Wiley, a mental health practitioner at CHI Health in Omaha-Council Bluffs, says pooch power is real. “Research has shown that it can […]
From Samsung’s virtual reality experience to robots carrying the Olympic torch, technology has been on display prominently at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. NBC reports here.
Ames, the northern headwaters of the growing Cultivation Corridor, is looking to bookend the west-side research center — the doubling-in-size Iowa State University Research Park — with the city’s first major industrial park. The man in the middle, Ames Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Culhane, said the 1,350-acre industrial park on the east edge of town, […]
Cognizant, a large tech company with a downtown Des Moines office, is making a $100 million play in STEM with the creation of a nonprofit foundation. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and it’s a big deal in Iowa, where the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Future Ready Iowa, the Iowa Business Council, and […]
Iowa City-based IDx, an artificial intelligence diagnostics company working on a system to detect a leading cause of blindness, has won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for expedited review. IDx-DR uses AI to check for diabetic retinopathy. The FDA ruled the system is a “breakthrough device” that qualifies for expedited review. That designation is […]
Successful Farming reports that farms are turning to technology at a time when laborers can be hard to find. In the Corn Belt, that can mean bigger rigs with more automation — though some startups are working on smaller units that drive themselves. In California, Driscoll’s is developing robotics to pick strawberries — typically the job […]
Iowa State University’s Keith Vorst is working with major corporations to find new uses for recycled plastics to save money, keep the materials out of landfills and reduce pollution. Vorst, an associate professor of food science and human nutrition, leads the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium. “We’re creating technologies that will have companies mining landfills and the […]