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Wyoming's State Broadband Gets Huge Speed Boost to 100 Gigabits http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Survey Roundup: More Companies Warming to Idea of Cyberinsurance
The survey of more than 100 risk managers found 82% saying the cyberinsurance policies available on the market are adequate to meet their coverage needs.
- USGS releases free updated digital maps of Montana
Missoula-based OnXMaps http://www.onxmaps.com/ vice president Rob Hart said his designers would be examining the new material to incorporate into the company’s popular GPS property boundary locators.
Come Home Montana
- Artificial Intelligence and Data Raises New Hope for Cancer Patients
It's among a growing number of companies and researchers applying smart algorithms and massive amounts of data to sift through gigantic stacks of medical research or the biology of the body itself for clues that could save the lives of cancer patients.
- Medicine's Big Problem with Big Data: Information Hoarding
The results of earlier research efforts or the experiences of individual patients are often trapped in the archives of pharmaceutical companies or the paper filing cabinets of doctors' offices.
- The Hot New Frontier of Energy Research Is Human Behavior - The potential savings are enormous
"In order to achieve our energy-saving goals, it can't just be technology by itself."
- Lingerie Startup Uses Big Data to Engineer the World's Best Bra
Data is the thing that allows many of the world's biggest companies to do what they do.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Software Process Support Specialist, Project Analyst/Process Support - Arrow Solutions Group
ASG is committed to finding the best professional talent to meet your IT or engineering needs. Our expertise can save you valuable time and money, as we take care of the entire process: recruiting, vetting, hiring and payroll, so you can focus on your business.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Support Analyst - City of Great Falls
Professional responsibility for providing support and/or administration of the City's software systems and network.
- How to act, sound and look like a leader
What exactly do you mean when you say "executive presence"?
Montana Economic Development
- Wilderness group selects Missoula, Montana's Monte Dolack work to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
A poster that's set to be seen across the country has a unique Missoula connection.
- Mapping company MyTopo expands into smartphones
"Within 5 years the concept of near real-time satellite imagery will become a reality. There are a whole slew of startups launching micro satellites to stream down imagery. So the idea of seeing custom imagery is coming."
- ViZn Energy Systems Wins Intersolar Europe's 2014 Electrical Energy Storage Award
ViZn's Zinc Redox Flow Battery is one of the most cost-effective, scalable and safe energy flow batteries on the market.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Report: Renewable energy poised to bring thousands of jobs to Montana
The renewable energy sector could create as many as 4,000 new jobs in Montana, if the recent Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for power plants are enacted.
TEDx Events in Montana
- MSU students selected to attend international retreat for social change
"We are honored to have been selected for this leadership and immersive dialogue training at Bucknell University," said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute who will also attend. "We hope to leave the retreat with improved decision making skills, understanding empathy at a deeper level, and increased knowledge about how to create action out of ideas."
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Today's TED Talk Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much
In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."
- Missoula officials showcase city's potential for developers
"Our showcase is really about telling folks Missoula is a great place to do business," Engen said. "We have the right economy, the right land, the right infrastructure and the right people."
- Bozeman energy audit suggests citywide changes
Completing the recommended projects would save the city 234 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year -- about 1 percent of the city's annual emissions, which is roughly equal to taking 45 cars off the road each year.
- The Most Important Question in Social Services: 'What Do You Need?'
For dealing with recidivism and other human services problems, focusing on each individual's situation yields the best results.
Incubators and R&D
- Boise goal: In five years, 1,000 new Downtown homes
There's a broader reason, too, that Brown believes Boise is ready for more urban housing: Americans, increasingly, want to live in cities.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Tech professor awarded material patent
Applications of such materials range from solar cells and touch screen displays to paintable films for electromagnetic shielding.
- The Silver Bullet to a U.S. Manufacturing Revival
First proposed in March 2012 and formally requested in President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes (NNMI) vision calls for the investment of $1 billion in a set of 15 manufacturing innovation hubs (en route to a projected 45).
- Employers go to college to guide worker training
Accounting, data analytics and advanced manufacturing companies are among those found on college campuses these days, their managers hoping to ensure they get employees with the right mix of technical and communication skills.
- Wyoming's State Broadband Gets Huge Speed Boost to 100 Gigabits
"This is part of the governor's initiative to increase quality of life," said the state's CIO, Flint Waters. "We want to diversify our economy. In order to continue to expand the workforce and keep Wyoming students in the state, we have to increase broadband capacity."
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Five questions about education with Bill Gates
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is taking heat from education groups, who say the Gates Foundation's philanthropic support comes with strings attached.
- A crisis of college readiness
In order to remain competitive as a nation, we must provide greater focus on reducing the number of entering students who require developmental work, ultimately increasing the pipeline of degree completers.
- Public Schools Are Hurting More in the Recovery Than in the Recession
The slow economic recovery is taking a toll on the nation's public schools, reversing a multi-decade trend of increased funding and pushing student-teacher ratios to their highest levels since 2000.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- MAPS releases documentary about Darby breakfast program
On March 21, Montana Gov. Bullock, Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and Billy Shore of "Share our Strength" came to award Darby Elementary School for their "After the Bell" innovative breakfast program.
Montana Education Excellence
- Loyola teen's program provides refurbished laptops to students
"Lately I've been keeping it within Loyola, and just asking for donations from that community," Nicholson said. "But I'm trying to take it a little bit further into the Missoula community."
- Opportunity for tech-minded middle-school students in Montana
Code Montana available on-line for free, now to all Montana middle school students, as well as those in high school.
Funding and Building your Business
- Libraries' choice: Change or fade into oblivion
As Americans spend more time online, both for work and play, public libraries are struggling to find ways to remain relevant, and they're discovering that they must reinvent themselves in sometimes fundamental ways.
- 9 things you need to know about the Great Falls budget
If you have ideas for new revenue streams or more questions about the budget, post them to our Facebook page and city reporter Jenn Rowell will work to answer them for you.
Energy and Climate Change
- Corporate attempts at innovation are overwhelmingly dying on the vine
"The more successful companies that we see are ones that approach innovation as a portfolio that they manage."
- Transatomic Power's Safer Reactor Eats Nuclear Waste
Their plan was to lower the cost of nuclear energy and tackle the meltdowns and radioactive waste that spook government officials and consumers.
- Juiced: Car Goes 1000 Miles on a Charge
If the companies can make the range extender affordable, we could see a lot more electric cars on the roads and a lot less anxiety.
- One man's invention could reduce emissions to near zero levels for natural gas compressors
Backed by a simulation, the inventor reported his filter could reduce emissions by 99 percent.
- How Karl Marx's 'Urban Metabolism' Is Helping Cities Go Green
The old approach to how humans interact with nature is getting new life in an effort to make cities more sustainable.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- State officials continue investigating Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services computer hack
The state has enlisted the services of Krohl Inc., a New York-based computer investigations firm, to get to the bottom of what happened and what and whose data, if any, was compromised.
- 6 Principles in Planning City-Level Sensor Projects
It's the kind of smart city project that would make any public official happy.
- Building Next Generation Networks to Handle Big Data, More Video, New Firewalls and an Exploding Number of Mobile Devices?
So how are organizations preparing for the coming 'new normal' in technological innovation? The topic of next generation networks is a complex one, but this brief ZDNet video provides a good tutorial to begin.
- 'Cut Bank', Montana prepares to be 'Fargo'-ed
"I've been reading the description, and it's a little scary. It's such a big film. I've heard all of the names. It's actually going to be a big deal. But any publicity is good publicity. It should be good for our town. As a chamber, we are preparing for it. Let's capitalize off of it and turn it into a positive. I can't see how it could not be good for tourism."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Lochsa - Carnage 2014 - If you like rafting, you've got to watch this!
Only a few dare....
- With this rifle, almost anyone can hit targets a kilometer away with ease
"With our rifles, the chance of hitting your target no matter how small and at extremely long range the first time around is as high as 80 percent."
- Montana Tech professor developing fly-fishing app for Google Glass
"Based on the time of year, it'll tell you the top five bugs, show your pick of flies," he said. "You'll get water temperature and stream flow."
- Driverless Cars Could Reduce Urban Traffic by 80 Percent
Driverless buses and shared cars could solve the "first mile, last mile" problem, he said, referring to the gap between a passenger's residence or destination and the nearest public transport stop.
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