Michigan Firm’s ‘Spider Silk’ Delivered to Military

ANN ARBOR — Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. (OTC: KBLB), the Ann Arbor-based company using gene splicing techniques to give silk the strength of spiderwebs, said Monday it had completed its initial deliveries to the United States Army of its Dragon Silk product for testing as a bullet-resistant material.

The product converted into material for ballistic testing by New Ipswitch, N.H.-based Warwick Mills Inc., a developer of advanced protective materials.

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M2 TechCast Features Cybersecurity, Tech Startups

ROYAL OAK — A look at cybersecurity trends for 2017, help for tech entrepreneurs, and a look at how legal cannabis could help the state’s budget woes.

That’s the lineup for the Monday, Dec. 19 M2 TechCast, live on the internet at 3 p.m. Eastern time today at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

The show will kick off with Keith Brophy, state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Centers, with a special guest entrepreneur helped by his SBA-based organization.

Next, Peter Schwartz from East Lansing-based software developers Supported Intelligence will discuss a report that shows how legalized cannabis sales could generate a lot of tax revenue for Michigan.

In Segment Three, Irene Spanos, director of economic development and community affairs for Oakland County, will explain the results of the 2016 Oakland County Economic Report.

The show will wrap up with cybersecurity expert Dan Lohrmann, who  will provide his Cyber Year in Review and cyber predictions for 2017.

Today’s show will be the last one of 2016 for the M2 TechCast, which is taking a two-week holiday break. The TechCast will return Monday, July 9 with a special show focused on mobile technology being displayed at the North American International Auto Show.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

AT&T Upgrades Network Around Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T has upgraded its network in several areas throughout Michigan to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.

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Michigan Tech Research Grants Rising

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s environmental science, atmospheric science and oceanography research expenditures ranked No. 1 among Michigan universities, David Reed, vice president for research, told Tech’s Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on Friday, Dec. 16.

Recently released National Science Foundation rankings of universities by total research expenditures also placed mechanical engineering research 23rd in the nation, making it the highest ranked of all research fields at Michigan Tech, Reed reported.

In the NSF research expenditure rankings, which covered fiscal year 2015, ended June 30, 2015, Tech ranked 116th in the nation among public universities, Reed said.

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Tech Firm Red Level Moves To Larger HQ In Novi

NOVI — The IT consulting firm Red Level is moving to a larger headquarters in Novi to accommodate the company’s rapid growth.

The move, taking place in January, will see Red Level moving from 6,500 square feet of leased space on Catherine Industrial Drive to an 18,000-square-foot, company-owned building at 40200 Grand River Avenue.

The company says that following renovation, the new space will boast a contemporary open floor plan, cutting edge collaboration areas and plenty of natural light – a welcoming work environment for the talented technology professionals the company attracts.

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DMC Performs First Robot-Assisted Total Knee Procedures in Michigan

DETROIT — The Detroit Medical Center announced that two teams of DMC physicians performed the first-ever “MAKOplasty” robotic total knee replacement surgeries in the state of Michigan.

The procedures took place simultaneously at both Harper University Hospital in Detroit and Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The breakthrough surgeries were completed using a robotic arm-assisted technology which ensures accurate alignment and placement of knee and hip implants for nearly perfect results. The DMC is the only hospital system in southeast Michigan to offer this technology.

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Firm Offers Free ‘Phone Call From Santa’

SHELBY TWP. — The countdown to Christmas is near and anticipation around globe mounts as children wait for Santa Claus to come.

And now, a Shelby Township company is offering parents an opportunity to give their children a very cool experience — a personalized phone call from Santa himself.

PackageFromSanta.com offers the phone call via a free app for iOS and Android smartphones that includes one free personalized call.

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Feds Establish Midwest Center for Connected and Automated Transportation

ANN ARBOR — Moving society to next-generation transportation systems will take more than technology, and a new $2.47 million center led by the University of Michigan will explore the full picture of how communities can best transition to connected and automated vehicles.

Six Midwestern higher-learning institutions, including the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College, are involved in the new U.S. Department of Transportation-funded Center for Connected and Automated Transportation. Other institutions that are part of the center are Purdue University, the University of Illinois, the University of Akron and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

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Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program Adds Coding, Design Classes

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs has announced its 2017 summer courses for middle and high school students, including several new explorations such as Coding for the Internet of Things, the World of Design, Global Discovery 101 and Computing Elements.

SYP includes pre-college explorations and competitive scholarship programs featuring hands-on activities, field trips and team projects in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, as well as business, social sciences and outdoor adventures.
The 2017 programs will include 40 explorations and seven competitive scholarship programs from students completing grades 6 through 11.

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October Health Spending Up 5.5%

ANN ARBOR — National health spending in October 2016 grew at an annual rate of 5.5 percent, driven up by the hospital component, which grew 6.6 percent, according to the monthly Health Sector Economic Indicators, published by the Ann Arbor-based Altarum Institute.

Unlike the past few years, the increase in prescription drug spending, only 3.5 percent growth, actually dampened the overall rate, despite a huge increase in prescription drug prices.

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