Tech & Science http://kuow.org en The Challenges To Predicting Earthquakes http://kuow.org/post/challenges-predicting-earthquakes <p></p><p>Moments before the magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico, people received a text message warning on their phones.</p><p>Ross Reynolds talks with John Vidale, Washington state seismologist and UW professor, about the challenges to predicting earthquakes. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:20:08 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 32817 at http://kuow.org The Challenges To Predicting Earthquakes How Do Babies Perceive Fairness? The Answer Might Surprise You http://kuow.org/post/how-do-babies-perceive-fairness-answer-might-surprise-you <p></p><p>David Hyde talks with Jessica Sommerville, psychology professor at the University of Washington, about her recent <a href="http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/04/14/babies-prefer-fairness-but-only-if-it-benefits-them-in-choosing-a-playmate/">study that explores how babies perceive justice</a>.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:16:46 +0000 David Hyde & Andy Hurst 32816 at http://kuow.org How Do Babies Perceive Fairness? The Answer Might Surprise You To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move http://kuow.org/post/increase-productivity-ups-monitors-drivers-every-move The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.<p>On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.<p>But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Jacob Goldstein 32718 at http://kuow.org To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System http://kuow.org/post/sichuan-peppers-buzz-may-reveal-secrets-nervous-system The Sichuan peppercorn is known to give some Chinese dishes a pleasant tingling feeling.<p>What's not so pleasant is that pins-and-needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — or when people who suffer from <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm">paresthesia</a> experience constant tingling in their limbs.<p><a href="http://mcb.berkeley.edu/index.php?option=com_mcbfaculty&name=bautistad">Diana Bautista</a>, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, wondered: Could these sensations be connected?<p>Bautista says a lot of what we know come Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Ike Sriskandarajah 32709 at http://kuow.org Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom http://kuow.org/post/tensions-build-san-francisco-amid-tech-boom As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, partly fueled by an influx of tech workers and companies, some activists say that not all city residents are reaping the benefits.<p>Google bus protests are becoming an increasingly regular occurrence in San Francisco, with activists targeting the bus that takes Google workers from San Francisco to Silicon Valley.<p>There was another protest on Friday, where protesters held signs with the name of a Google executive who is also a landlord. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:41:28 +0000 editor 32663 at http://kuow.org Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom The Millennial Work-Life Revolution In Seattle http://kuow.org/post/millennial-work-life-revolution-seattle <p></p><p></p><p>The millennial generation is taking control over how they work and how they live. The group, currently about 18 to 33 years old, is adopting technology that is disrupting old structures and writing the playbook on how to take advantage of technological change. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:34:03 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 32591 at http://kuow.org The Millennial Work-Life Revolution In Seattle Twitter Lessons From The Boston Marathon Bombings http://kuow.org/post/twitter-lessons-boston-marathon-bombings <p>When the deadly Boston Marathon bombings happened a year ago, people flocked to social media sites like Twitter for information. But that led to some problems, including the misidentification of one of the suspected bombers and other reports that turned out to be false. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:09:43 +0000 Jamala Henderson 32577 at http://kuow.org Twitter Lessons From The Boston Marathon Bombings There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? http://kuow.org/post/theres-blood-moon-eclipse-tonight-will-you-be-able-see-it It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/11/301958755/total-eclipse-of-the-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america">we wrote last week</a>, the total eclipse of the moon — the first visible from North America since 2010 — will start a few minutes before 1 a.m. EDT and slowly continue over the next two hours until it peaks (reaches totality) about 3 a.m. Tuesday. On the West Coast, it starts about 10 p.m. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:06:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32494 at http://kuow.org There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True? http://kuow.org/post/apps-kick-addictions-sound-too-good-be-true <p>Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Jonathan Bricker about smartphone apps that claim to help users overcome addiction. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:24:32 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Ross Reynolds 32404 at http://kuow.org Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True? Tech Security: How To Wipe Data From Your Computer http://kuow.org/post/tech-security-how-wipe-data-your-computer <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Teresa Seyfried, program operations manager at the <a href="http://www.washington.edu/facilities/finadmin/movingandsurplus/inventory/">UW Surplus Store</a>, about how to properly wipe data off of your computer before reselling or donating it. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:13:35 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Christine Streich 32407 at http://kuow.org Tech Security: How To Wipe Data From Your Computer Prop 1 Vote Looms, Public Internet Utility, And Mayor Murray's First 100 Days http://kuow.org/post/prop-1-vote-looms-public-internet-utility-and-mayor-murrays-first-100-days <p></p><p><a href="http://kuow.org/post/prop-1-debate-king-countys-plan-fund-metro-transit">King County Metro Transit's Proposition One</a> would raise taxes to prevent bus service cuts and fund some road projects. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is calling the need for a more reliable <a href="http://kuow.org/post/seattle-reconsidering-building-city-owned-broadband-network">high-speed Internet service</a>, and all that drilling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct is hurting at least one nearby business.</p><p>Steve Scher talks over those stories and more of the week's news news analyst Joni Balter, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:01:14 +0000 Steve Scher & Jason Pagano 32402 at http://kuow.org Prop 1 Vote Looms, Public Internet Utility, And Mayor Murray's First 100 Days Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics http://kuow.org/post/even-very-weak-signal-brain-might-help-paraplegics <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJYzwuYKijU</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:33:28 +0000 editor 32295 at http://kuow.org Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet http://kuow.org/post/what-do-now-heartbleed-bug-exposed-internet With a name like Heartbleed, it's no surprise it's bad. A vulnerability in OpenSSL — the Internet's most commonly used cryptographic library — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/08/300602785/the-security-bug-that-affects-most-of-the-internet-explained">has been bleeding out information</a>, 64 kilobytes at a time, since March 2012.<p>"I would classify it as possibly the top bug that has hit the Internet that I've encountered, because of it being so widespread, because it's so hard to detect," says Andy Grant, a security analyst at iSEC Partners.<p>Are you affected? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:51:08 +0000 Elise Hu 32239 at http://kuow.org What To Do Now That The Heartbleed Bug Exposed The Internet The Security Bug That Affects Most Of The Internet, Explained http://kuow.org/post/security-bug-affects-most-internet-explained <strong><em>Editor's Note</em></strong>: <em>A very serious bug with a scary name, <a href="http://heartbleed.com/">Heartbleed</a>, <a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/critical-crypto-bug-in-openssl-opens-two-thirds-of-the-web-to-eavesdropping/">was discovered and disclosed this week</a>. The bug affects OpenSSL, a popular cryptographic library that is used to secure a huge chunk of the Internet's traffic. Even if you have never heard of OpenSSL, chances are, </em><em>it's</em><em> helped secure your data in some way. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:19:00 +0000 editor 32134 at http://kuow.org The Security Bug That Affects Most Of The Internet, Explained Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How http://kuow.org/post/windows-xp-users-its-time-upgrade-heres-how Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.<p>An estimated quarter of PC users are still running XP, despite Microsoft's notices that this day would come. Part of the reason many users haven't migrated is Microsoft's uneven record of improving its operating systems as new ones roll out. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Elise Hu 32108 at http://kuow.org Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How