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Tesla Clears Antitrust Hurdle in $2.6 Billion Deal for SolarCity

Tesla Motors moved a step closer in its bid to buy SolarCity after federal regulators said the $2.6 billion deal doesn’t present antitrust concerns. Tesla announced plans to purchase the solar panel installer earlier this month, and Reuters says the Federal Trade Commission quickly signed off “because the merging companies have Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Tesla Clears Antitrust Hurdle in $2.6 Billion Deal for SolarCity →

Nootropics, Biohacking and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Productivity

Nootropics are trending right now. A crop of new companies are selling these so-called productivity or smart pills. The major customer base is a community of “biohackers” in Silicon Valley who hope nootropics will give them an edge in work and life. Birth of a Brand Even Read More … Source:: Newsfix – Science

With Gene Test, Some Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo: Study

Some early-stage, post-operative breast cancer patients meeting a certain genetic profile can avoid potentially dangerous and expensive chemotherapy with only a slightly lower survival rate, and without the cancer spreading, a major study published in The New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday has found. The study said that 46 percent Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading With Gene Test, Some Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo: Study →

State Fines East Bay MUD Over Oakland Cement Spill

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to fine the East Bay Municipal Utility District $426,000 for polluting a creek in Oakland’s Upper Rockridge neighborhood last year. EBMUD crews were working on a major pipeline replacement project near Glen Echo Creek on April 8, 2015, when a worker accidentally opened Read More … Source:: … Continue reading State Fines East Bay MUD Over Oakland Cement Spill →

Inside the Tech Center That Keeps Firefighting at the Cutting Edge

Here’s a sobering idea during one of the most destructive fire seasons in memory: over the next few decades, climate change is expected to supercharge fire risk in California. Researchers think summers will be hotter and drier, increasing the potential for big blazes. One study by the research group Climate Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Inside the Tech Center That Keeps Firefighting at the Cutting Edge →

Firefighters Contain Blue Cut Fire, Grapple With Other Blazes

Firefighters have reached full containment of a blaze east of Los Angeles that forced tens of thousands to evacuate their homes. At the same time, multiple wildfires continued to challenge crews throughout the state. California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Information declared the Blue Cut Fire 100 percent contained Tuesday Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Firefighters Contain Blue Cut Fire, Grapple With Other Blazes →

Residents in Drought-Stricken Town Finally Get Running Water

CA Water Boards on Twitter On hand today for the first connection of East Porterville residents to Porterville water. http://water.ca.gov/waterconditions/porterville.cfm …pic.twitter.com/HPidEGaekV When wells started going dry in the unincorporated Tulare County community of East Porterville two years ago, the area became a poster child for California’s drought. Hundreds of homes Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Residents in Drought-Stricken Town Finally Get Running Water →