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Environment
3:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

First Earth Day Organizer Offers Advice On Handling Eco-Complacency

Environmental activist Denis Hayes.
Credit Flickr Photo/cactusbones (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with environmental activist Denis Hayes about some Earth Day advice for people who have become eco-complacent. Hayes served as the national coordinator to organize the first Earth Day in 1970.

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Amazon
1:16 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Monica Chavez packs up a box at an Amazon.com fulfillment center Dec. 2, in Phoenix.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 3:38 pm

Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. In fact, few do.

Congress is considering a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act that would force many online sellers to collect sales taxes for the first time.

In the meantime, some states have already enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional brick-and-mortar stores do.

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Technology
3:21 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

How Microsoft's Windows Phone Stacks Up Against Its Competitors

Windows phone.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tayla Lyell (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about the Northwest tech industry and how the updates to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 will impact its place in the growing smartphone market.

Law Enforcement Technology
2:48 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

How UW's Age-Progression Software Could Help Find Missing Kids

A single photo of a child (far left) is age progressed (left in each pair) and compared to actual photos of the same person at the corresponding age (right in each pair).
Courtesy of the University of Washington

Ross Reynolds talks with Robert Lowery, vice president of the Missing Children Division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about the new automated age-progression software developed at the University of Washington.

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Biotech
10:28 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Bionic Bulldogs And Spider Goats: The Future Of Biotech's New Beasts

Artistic interpretation of the future of pets, the Genpet by Adam Brendejs.
Flickr Photo/Adam Brandejs

How is biotechnology changing our pets, our livestock and other wild things? Ross Reynolds talks with Emily Anthes, the author of "Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts," about how biotech will change our pets and livestock.

This interview originally aired on March 14, 2013.

OpenSSL Foundation
12:44 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Who Should Pay To Keep The Internet's Locks Secure?

A lock icon signifies an encrypted Internet connection. But thanks to a recently discovered (and now fixed) bug, it's been bleeding out information for a few years.
Mal Langsdon Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 10:01 am

The encryption code unlocked by the Heartbleed bug last week provided vital security for some of the most widely used websites on the Internet. Fortune 1000 companies rely on the open source code for their core business. But it turns out no one is paying for it.

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Anthropological Study
12:41 am
Mon April 21, 2014

For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 6:43 am

It's not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.

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Mexico City Quake
3:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Challenges To Predicting Earthquakes

Credit Flickr Photo/Richard Walker (CC BY-NC-ND)

Moments before the magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico, people received a text message warning on their phones.

Ross Reynolds talks with John Vidale, Washington state seismologist and UW professor, about the challenges to predicting earthquakes.

Technology
4:41 am
Thu April 17, 2014

To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:33 am

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.

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.

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. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know.

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Housing
10:41 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

Members of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and other activists protest outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. San Francisco officials are set to vote on a plan to start regulating employee shuttles for companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, charging a fee for those that use public bus stops and controlling where they load and unload. Private shuttle buses have created traffic problems, blocking public bus stops during peak commute hours. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

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.

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.

There was another protest on Friday, where protesters held signs with the name of a Google executive who is also a landlord. Activists say he’s unfairly evicting tenants.

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Culture Shift
9:34 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Millennial Work-Life Revolution In Seattle

Labs desks at WeWork can be rented for $300 per month and include additional access to investors, curated events, monthly demo days and office hours.
Credit Courtesy of WeWork

KUOW's Carolyn Adolph explores the work needs of the millennial generation.

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.

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Social Media
10:09 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Twitter Lessons From The Boston Marathon Bombings

Twitter exploded with misinformation during the Boston Marathon, but research Kate Starbird said that first response organizations were an example of good social media during a crisis.
Twitter Image/Boston Police Department

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.

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Psychology
3:24 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True?

Credit Flickr Photo/wajakemek | rashdanothman (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Jonathan Bricker about smartphone apps that claim to help users overcome addiction.

Computer Security
3:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Tech Security: How To Wipe Data From Your Computer

Credit Flickr Photo/Matthew (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Teresa Seyfried, program operations manager at the UW Surplus Store, about how to properly wipe data off of your computer before reselling or donating it.

Week In Review
3:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prop 1 Vote Looms, Public Internet Utility, And Mayor Murray's First 100 Days

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

King County Metro Transit's Proposition One 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 high-speed Internet service, and all that drilling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct is hurting at least one nearby business.

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.

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