Bio Roundup: Crazy ’16, Trials of ’17, Senate on Drugs & More

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You’ve probably seen the Internet memes. “When 2016 started, I looked like this. Insert picture of young Leo DiCaprio.] Now I look like this. Leo, with mountain beard, after mud-wrestling with a grizzly in The Revenant.]” ” In life science terms, let’s just say all our telomeres feel a lot shorter than 12 months ago.

Western Digital, Rambus In Patent Licensing Deal

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Rambus aid the agreement covers its patented memory technologies, including high-speed interfaces, memory architectures, resistive memory and security technologies, for use in Western Digital's flash products through 2021. Irvine-based Western Digital is in a patent licensing agreement with Sunnyvale-based Rambus , Rambus announced on Monday. Financial details of that agreement were not announced.

SpaceX Wins $112M Contract From NASA

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NASA announced late Tuesday that it has selected Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) , for a $112M mission to launch a water survey mission to space in April of 2021. According to NASA, SpaceX will provide launch services for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission, which is expected to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Lompoc.

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SpaceX Selected By DigitalGlobe For Satellite Constellation

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The two said that the first block of satellites for DigitalGlobe's WorldView Legion satellites will be launched in two separate flights in 2021, on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets. Hawthorne-based SpaceX has added another satellite customer, DigitalGlobe , to its queue of launch contracts, the two companies said Wednesday morning.

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Location-based virtual reality is increasing its footprint in the U.S.

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Analysts for the industry tracker Canalys forecast that the industry will sell nearly 10 million units in 2021, on par with the (shrinking) console market. Earlier this year, in a small, grey-walled storefront inside a very large mall in Torrance, Calif.

Embracing the Inevitable Changes of Self-Driving Vehicles

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and Europe Race to be First to Self-Driving Trucks Ford Plans Self-Driving Car for Ride Share Fleets in 2021 But when will the rubber meet the road, so to speak, for autonomous vehicles?

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