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5:13 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

San Antonio Selected As Potential Google Fiber Network Site

Mark Strama, Head of Google Fiber in Austin, stands with city leaders at the initial announcement of Fiber
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Google Fiber has selected San Antonio as one of nine metro areas to potentially receive its super fast internet connection.

With the ability to download 1 gigabyte per second, it’s already 100 times faster than what’s available for most homes in San Antonio. Google and the city announced that plans to bring Google Fiber to the Alamo city are in motion.

“It’ll mean faster internet speeds and also competition that will create lower rates so access is more affordable," said Mayor Julián Castro. "That’s good for business, it’s good for education.”

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Science & Technology
5:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Study On Renal Stents Could Save Millions In Medical Costs

Biliary stent.
Flickr user jill570641 cc

A San Antonio physician has completed a study that shows renal artery stents should no longer be recommended for patients with chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. The new recommendations are predicted to save millions of dollars in future medical costs.

Dr. William Henrich, president of San Antonio’s UT Health Science Center, found that millions of renal stents placed in older patients with kidney disease and high blood pressure may not have done any good -- and created billions of costs in Medicare dollars.

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The Source - November 6, 2013
1:28 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Source: The Answer Is In Your Genes | Innovation In San Antonio

The diagram of consciousness from Robert Fludd's "Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia."
Robert Fludd Public domain (copyrite expired)

In the first segment:

Your "senior moment" -- forgetting where your keys are -- reciting the wrong child's name -- is the result of normal aging, but what makes up normal is defined by what makes up you -- that is to say your genes affect the way your brain declines.

Studying extended families, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and Yale University published a study showing just how much that decline is influenced by your genetics.

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Local Business
4:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

New Startup To Train Students For Tech Jobs In San Antonio

Codeup staff, from top left: CEO Michael Girdley, Chris Turner, Director of Curriculum & Lead Instructor, Jason Straugh, CTO, and Samantha Atkins, Director of Operations
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A new bundle of joy has arrived at San Antonio's Geekdom, "the place where startups are born."

Michael Girdley's baby is a company called Codeup, and he's hoping it will be San Antonio's answer to every tech company's long-burning problem of not having enough qualified people to hire.

"Codeup is a nine week boot camp, and the idea is we take people who are non-techies and we turn them into web programmers with a job guarantee," Girdley said.

"We have tons of great jobs down here," said Girdley emphatically.

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Abortion In Texas
3:53 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Online Game Explores What It's Like To Be A Woman Getting An Abortion In Texas

Leah is one of the characters in Choice: Texas. Here she is as illustrated by our team's artist, Grace Jennings.
Choice: Texas

Two women from the Austin area are launching a new online video game where the gamer steps into the shoes of several women in different socioeconomic, geographic and demographic brackets who are all faced with getting an abortion under Texas abortion restrictions.

The game is called Choice: Texas and allows users to pick from a set of women with different life scenarios and then chose which direction they will take based on the state’s abortion restrictions.

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CodeHS
9:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

The First Step In Computer Programming Begins For Highlands Freshmen

A screenshot depiciting one of the more advanced beginner levels of CodeHS.
CodeHS.com

By end of this school year, freshmen at Highlands High School will have learned the basics of computer coding. A new program called CodeHS introduced this year aims to make these ninth graders fluent in programming.

"It is like another language," said Chelsea Cook, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet coordinator at Highlands. "It’s like learning how to read and wright, we’re learning how to code and program."

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Education & Technology
9:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Highlands Freshmen Begin Pathway To High-Tech Jobs

A screenshot of the first lession in CodeHS
CodeHS

Starting this year, all freshmen at San Antonio ISD's Highlands High School will learn how to code computer systems, the first program of its kind in Texas.

The web-based program that Highland is using is called CodeHS, but anyone can sign up to learn to code from home for a monthly access fee. Outside of the basic curriculum, the 400 incoming freshmen at Highlands will be required to take a course to learn the basics of coding.

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Business & Education
3:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Wounded Veteran Turns Injury into Innovation

Iraq War veteran Gary Walters shows the small the cooling device attached to his prosthesis
Eileen Pace TPR

A UTSA engineering and business student team has received the $100,000 prize in the Student Technology Venture Competition for its work on a device to help amputees.

The team developed a cooling device for prosthetics – and a way to market the product.

Before Gary Walters graduated with a Bachelors in Engineering Monday, he and his teammates had already started a company to market the device he designed for his engineering team’s Capstone project. 

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Health Care Technology
9:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

High-Tech Laser Treatment Removes Vocal Cord Polyps Without Surgery

Dr. Blake Simpson talks to a voice patient at UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center
UTHSC

A local physician is making history with an advanced technology to treat problems with vocal cords, and people are coming to San Antonio from around the country for the procedure.

Dr. Blake Simpson at UT Medicine San Antonio, the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, specializes in voice disorders and for the last six years has used a procedure to remove polyps and other growths on the vocal cords using a laser fiber.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
1:42 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Toyota USA Foundation Gives Boost To STEM Education

Toyota brought its trucks to The Pearl Monday to highlight its press conference announcing a $100,000 grant for the CORE4 STEM competition
Eileen Pace TPR

The Toyota USA Foundation announced it will contribute $100,000 to the annual CORE4 STEM Expo for students studying science, technology, engineering, and math.

toyota USA National Vice-President Pat Pineda said by 2018, 1.2 million STEM jobs will go unfilled.

"That’s because we don’t have enough people that have the requisite skills, and I think unfortunately we all know that this is a particularly acute problem in the Latino community," Pineda said.

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