Sightings & Happenings Around Town

The Next Big Idea Could Come From Biohackers

People are genetically engineering their own cells in their kitchens, injecting modified viruses into their bodies and surgically implanting homemade sensors under their skin. The “do-it-yourself” mentality has entered the realm of medicine. And, surprisingly, the FBI supports it.

Dec 18, 2017 Brandon Zipp

The Capital Region’s Food Systems 101

How nonprofits improve local health, the environment and economy

In America’s farm-to-fork capital, it’s easy to place attention on the fork side of the story – the amazing chefs and restaurants feeding us. Yet, there’s a complicated web of grassroots services, part of a larger food system, which covers everything including health, environment, economy, social justice and more. Nonprofits provide core services that keep this delicate system moving toward a better community. Comstock’s explores this side of Sacramento’s local food network.

Dec 15, 2017 Amber Stott

Upgrade to 5G Costs $200 Billion a Year and May Not Be Worth It

In the wildest dreams of wireless engineers, the mobile network of the future controls our cars, lets our refrigerators talk to the grocery store to order more milk, and provides fast, reliable broadband connections to our homes so we can sever ties with cable companies.

Dec 19, 2017 Olga Kharif and Scott Moritz

Buzzwords: Influencer

In recent years, with the rise of social networking, the business world has embraced a modern form of evangelism, making the word synonymous with an entirely new brand of evangelist: the influencer.

Dec 14, 2017 Jennifer Newman

In California’s Wildfires, a Looming Threat to Climate Goals

Beyond the devastation and personal tragedy of the fires that have ravaged California in recent months,  another disaster looms: an alarming uptick in unhealthy air and the sudden release of the carbon dioxide that drives climate change.

Dec 14, 2017 Julie Cart

Dilemma of the Month: Drug Testing New Hires

We drug test new hires at my company. When a potential employee’s test comes back positive it’s easy enough to rescind the offer, but we had a candidate have a test returned “negative but diluted” and we rescinded the offer. The candidate had already given two weeks’ notice at his current company and they won’t take him back. Did we do the right thing?

Dec 7, 2017 Suzanne Lucas

Art Exposed: Benwar Shepard

Comstock’s caught up with Benwar Shepard to discuss what’s in store for 2018 as he embarks on his Creative Economy parade project, works on a new studio album with the Element Brass Band, and fathers a brand new baby. 

Dec 7, 2017 Andru Defeye

Nominations: 2018 Salute to Women in Leadership

Comstock’s is now accepting nominations for its fourth annual salute to women in leadership. We’re looking for top-tier executives that make a demonstrated difference in their industries, companies, communities and the next generation of the workforce.