Tech & Science http://kuow.org en Is A Robot Going To Take Your Job? http://kuow.org/post/robot-going-take-your-job <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew McAfee,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">principal research scientist at the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, about whether robots will replace humans in the job market.</span> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:19 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38953 at http://kuow.org Is A Robot Going To Take Your Job? It's Time For Comic-Con! http://kuow.org/post/its-time-comic-con <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=It%27s+Time+For+Comic-Con%21&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MjI2NzUxMDEyNzQyMTY5MjQ2YzkwNA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:00 +0000 editor 38920 at http://kuow.org Amazon Fire Phone: 'Showrooming On Steroids' http://kuow.org/post/amazon-fire-phone-showrooming-steroids <p>Go to a box store, hold your phone up to an item, and – ding! – your phone tells you how much the same item would cost on Amazon Prime. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:02:52 +0000 Ross Reynolds 38824 at http://kuow.org Amazon Fire Phone: 'Showrooming On Steroids' Dogs Understand Fairness, Get Jealous, Study Finds http://kuow.org/post/dogs-understand-fairness-get-jealous-study-finds Dogs have an intuitive understanding of fair play and become resentful if they feel that another dog is getting a better deal, a new study has found. <p>The study, in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,</em> looked at how dogs react when a buddy is rewarded for the same trick in an unequal way.<p>Friederike Range, a researcher at the University of Vienna in Austria, and her colleagues did a series of experiments with dogs who knew how to respond to the command "give the paw," or shake. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:24:56 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 38803 at http://kuow.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://kuow.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:26:34 +0000 editor 38755 at http://kuow.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Massive Layoffs At Microsoft A Test For Seattle Startup Culture http://kuow.org/post/massive-layoffs-microsoft-test-seattle-startup-culture <p>Last week, Microsoft began the biggest layoffs in the company’s history: 18,000 total expected in the next year. So far, about 1,300 local workers have been affected.</p><p>Jon Talton, business reporter for the Seattle Times, told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds on <em>The Record</em> that this event is a test for the local economy. He said the Seattle area is in the midst of an economic boom – driven by Amazon, Boeing’s 777X and 737, increased exports and low unemployment. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:31:36 +0000 Ross Reynolds, Andy Hurst & Amina Al-Sadi 38643 at http://kuow.org Massive Layoffs At Microsoft A Test For Seattle Startup Culture Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention http://kuow.org/post/sixth-graders-science-fair-finding-shocks-ecologists <em>(July 24, 2014: See the editor's note at the bottom of this page for an explanation of the story's new headline.)</em><p>When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.<p>Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:00 +0000 NPR Staff 38602 at http://kuow.org Sixth-Grader's Science Project Catches Ecologists' Attention As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North http://kuow.org/post/polar-icebox-shrinks-infectious-pathogens-move-north Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Infectious diseases may be spreading more quickly, thanks to global warming. Viruses that were kept in check by the polar ice box are being released. And as some animals move north to keep cool, they're bringing all sorts of parasites with them, from microbes to ticks. Christopher Solomon has written about this in the August issue of "Scientific American." And he joins me now from Montana Public Radio in Missoula. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 editor 38589 at http://kuow.org Bookstore Owner's 'Grudging Respect' For Online Subscription Service http://kuow.org/post/bookstore-owners-grudging-respect-online-subscription-service <p>Jeannie Yandel talks with business writer and Page 2 Books&nbsp;co-owner Bill Virgin about Amazon's new unlimited book subscription service, <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/18/amazon-officially-announces-kindle-unlimited-offering-reading-and-listening-for-9-99-a-month/">Kindle Unlimited</a>. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:23:47 +0000 Jeannie Yandel 38520 at http://kuow.org What Happens After A Layoff http://kuow.org/post/what-happens-after-layoff <p>Ross Reynolds talks with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/view/story.jhtml?id=534356761&amp;">Kevin Osborne</a>, vice president of client services at Waldron, a human resources consulting firm based in Seattle, about how downsizing companies may provide for laid off employees. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:23:36 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38532 at http://kuow.org What Happens After A Layoff An Update On The Microsoft Job Cuts And What It Means For The Region http://kuow.org/post/update-microsoft-job-cuts-and-what-it-means-region <p>Ross Reynolds talks to Todd Bishop, founder of Geekwire, about the announcement that Microsoft will be cutting 18,000 jobs over the next year, including 1,351 in the Seattle region. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:49:11 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 38463 at http://kuow.org Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field http://kuow.org/post/young-scientists-say-theyre-sexually-abused-field Many young scientists dream of their first trip to a remote research site — who wouldn't want to hang out with chimps like Jane Goodall, or sail to the Galapagos like Charles Darwin, exploring the world and advancing science?<p>But for many scientists, field research can endanger their health and safety.<p>In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.<p>Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:58:07 +0000 editor 38417 at http://kuow.org Rewiring Nerves So The Brain Can Move Prosthetic Limbs http://kuow.org/post/rewiring-nerves-so-brain-can-move-prosthetic-limbs <p>Marcie Sillman&nbsp;talks with Dr. Doug Smith, an orthopedic surgeon at Harborview and the University of Washington, about emerging technology in which nerves can be relocated in amputated limbs so the brain can control prosthetic devices. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:23:54 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Matthew Streib 38385 at http://kuow.org This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth http://kuow.org/post/dirty-little-weed-may-have-cleaned-ancient-teeth The menus of millennia past can be tough to crack, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:07:00 +0000 editor 38393 at http://kuow.org This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth How Much Time Do You Spend On Your Smartphone? Let's See http://kuow.org/post/how-much-time-do-you-spend-your-smartphone-lets-see <em>This post is part of our</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">Weekly Innovation series</a>,<em> in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share?</em><em> </em><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XkmQ6smYmKiQIL-W6leAp3KgpZf32G9qzL7O6JgwYos/viewform">Use this quick form</a>.<p>How much time are you spending on your phone? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:19:10 +0000 editor 38370 at http://kuow.org How Much Time Do You Spend On Your Smartphone? Let's See