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News Roundup – March 14, 2018

By Innovate Pasadena Staff — March 14, 2018

The latest in Pasadena design, technology, science, and innovation community news.

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Witness First Mars Launch from West Coast

Are you a digital creator, citizen journalist or active on social media? Do you have an idea for a unique way to share the story of the West Coast's first interplanetary rocket launch? Apply now to attend launch activities for NASA's InSight mission, May 3-5, at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California. Read More

You Don't Think Your Way Out of a Tiger Attack

New Caltech research shows the brain has separate "fear circuits" for dealing with immediate and distant threats. Read More

Gift Enables Transformative Advances in Health Care

The Heritage Medical Research Institute has extended its partnership with Caltech for a minimum of three more years. This renewed support will strengthen Caltech's ability to pioneer scientific and technological advancements in the life sciences so that patients living with debilitating conditions can live longer, healthier lives. Read More

Next NASA Mars Rover Reaches Key Manufacturing Milestone

NASA's Mars 2020 mission has begun the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of its development, on track for a July 2020 launch to Mars. Read More


Rockley Photonics Gets $40M

Pasadena, California and Oxford, UK-based Rockley Photonics has raised $40M in a funding round. The company says it has now raised a total of $100M. The newest round goes to expand the design and production of its high performance optical networking solutions, according to the firm. Read More

Miso Robotics' Officially Deploys At CaliBurger, Inks Sports Partnership

Pasadena-based robot developer Miso Robotics says it has officially launched its burger flipping robot, "Flippy", at CaliBurger's Pasadena location--and, separately, has inked a partnership to bring its robotics technology to the sports and entertainment venue market. Read More

Virtualitics grabs another $7M in funding to drive its VR data visualization platform

Pasadenaa-based Virtualitics has closed a $7 million Series B round led by Centricus with participation from The VR Fund. The startup is building a sort of “Excel for VR,” that lets people see data in a more immersive and collaborative way. Read More

Employees Decorating Other People's Cubicles Is Anything But a Waste of Time

When employees at Bluebeam go on vacation, sometimes they return to a surprise DIY art installation courtesy of their colleagues. Read More

LayerOne Coming to Pasadena

The LayerOne security conference which will be taking place May 25-27, 2018 at the Pasadena Hilton. The Call for Papers is open until the end of March and early bird tickets are available until April 1st.

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