The Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s main protest encampment has been evicted, but the battle over the Dakota Access pipeline rages on. According to the Guardian, Storebrand, Norway’s largest private investor, sold off almost $35 million worth of shares in three companies connected to the controversial pipeline. Storebrand specializes in sustainable, socially conscious investing, so it makes sense it would divest from firms tied to the controversial project. Storebrand is just one of a growing number of companies that have pulled funds from the construction of the pipeline, a project that’s garnered headlines around the world.


Drilling has already begun on the 1,172-mile-long Dakota Access pipeline, but the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes refuse to give up the fight. Storebrand’s actions are seen as a small victory for the local tribes. Whether or not it will be enough to stop the Dakota project or get the pipeline rerouted remains to be seen. Whatever the outcome, Storebrand’s decision to divest funds shows other companies and investors that their bottom line will suffer if they “finance environmentally racist projects.” At the very least, Storebrands’s actions serve as a warning to other private companies, which in turn might deter these sorts of “lightning rod” projects from getting underway in the future.


The Standing Rock Sioux’s tribe’s attempt to halt the Dakota Access project has attracted environmentalists and activists from around the world. Earlier in the year, large protest camps had numerous clashes with law enforcement and private security guards. While the Standing Rock Sioux tribe continues to fight the building of the Dakota Pipeline in federal court, maybe likeminded investors who follow Storefront’s lead will have the biggest impact in halting construction of the pipeline.


A paralyzed man is using his thoughts to control his arms and hands. Using this system, he is able to regain control over the hands that were previously paralyzed. The system works by decoding his thoughts and moving his limbs accordingly. For example, he thought about moving his arm, and it moved. He wanted to eat a pretzel and was able to do it. He was previously in a bike accident which damaged his spine and he was thus unable to move his arms, as his brain could not send signals to his limbs. This new system is an experimental system called BrainGate 2.

In other news, the HPV vaccine can definitely reduce cancers and other diseases caused by the virus, although some people still don’t want to take it. Doctors insist that it is very efficient. The big news is that the CDC has said to actually reduce the doses from three to two. This is because right now, fewer doses work just as well. This is also why it’s becoming more popular these days.

All this is from Clay Siegall’s blog. Clay Siegall has a PhD is and is founder and CEO of Seattle Genetics, which he founded in 1998. According to Bloomberg, he became president of Seattle Genetics in June of the year 2000, and he became CEO in the year 2002. Under his leadership, Seattle Genetics develops drugs and cures for cancer and other illnesses and conducts research to find cures for them. He also enters into strategic licensing alliances with other companies.

Dr. Clay Siegall has a lot of experience in the cancer research community. He worked at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute for a period of around six years before founding Seattle Genetics. Prior to that, he worked at both the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health for several years.