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How to Reduce the Eco-Footprint of Your Lunch: A Conversation with Cityblooms Founder Nick Halmos

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By Molly Ressler

Here in Santa Cruz, it takes little effort to find a wide variety of locally grown produce all year round. For many communities across the US, however, eating locally isn’t an option. Nick Halmos, CEO and founder of Cityblooms is combining technology and innovative urban farming techniques to change this and bring locally grown food to the masses.

Dark Energy, the Universe and Bridging Local Tech with Astronomy: a Conversation with UCSC’s Ryan J. Foley

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by Cat Johnson

According to his UCSC bio, Ryan J. Foley is an assistant professor of Physical & Biological Sciences in the university’s Astronomy & Astrophysics Department. The title is slightly intimidating and I’m not entirely sure what it means.

When I ask Foley what he says when someone casually asks him what he does for work, he jokes that it depends on whether or not he wants to talk to the person.

Disruptive thinking with Cruz Foam co-founder John Felts. 

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By Joel Hersch 

California’s technology sector comprises a vast range of products, but at first thought, many will think of things such as “apps,” “programming,” or “virtual reality.” So, as Surf City Santa Cruz unfurls its fledgling identity as a wonderful home for tech startups, what traits help to qualify an industry or new product as fitting within the “tech sector?”

Conversations with Robots: UCSC’s Marilyn Walker on the Future of AI

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Discussions about artificial intelligence tend to the extremes: AI is either going to transform life as we know it for the better, or else, as my brother in-law is convinced, we’re engineering robots that will destroy us.

Marilyn Walker, a Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz and a fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics, isn’t terribly worried. The way she sees it, we have a long way to go before anything dystopian is even a consideration.

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