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Online Support Groups
12:01 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Through The Internet, Gay Teens Connected To Larger Community

Emily Kitfield, 16, says she's not sure if she would have been able to come out to her parents and community without being able to reach out to others online.
Courtesy of Emily Kitfield

In the past 20 years, the Internet has significantly impacted what it means to grow up as a gay kid in this country.

Before the Web, many gay young people grew up in what seemed to be isolation, particularly those in small towns. But with the advent of online chat rooms and Websites dedicated to gay culture, communities formed, and that demographic began finding new support.

That change can be seen in the experiences of two women who grew up in the same town, two decades apart.

'The Only One'

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Technology
3:43 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

How Good Ideas Spread: A New Social Science Based On Big Data

Alex “Sandy” Pentland's book "Social Physics."

David Hyde talks with Alex “Sandy” Pentland, a professor and data scientist at MIT, about his new book "Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons From A New Science."

Health
1:32 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

What California's Rule Change On Flame Retardants Means For Washington

Flickr Photo/Totomaru

Marcie Sillman interviews KQED's Amy Standen about the battle over flame retardants in California and what it could mean for Washington state.

Buffering Headaches
12:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Author: When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind'

Susan Crawford says that in cities like Seoul and Stockholm, high-speed, high-capacity networks are taken for granted. "It really is astonishing what's going on in America," she says. "We're falling way behind in the pack of developed nations when it comes to high-speed Internet access, capacity and prices."
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:41 am

For an increasing number of Americans, access to high-speed Internet has become an essential part of our lives. We do work, email friends, find restaurants, watch videos and movies, and check the weather. And the Internet is increasingly used for important services, like video medical consults and online education, and is relied upon by businesses for critical operations.

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EarthFix Reports
9:20 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Floating Wind Farm Off Southern Oregon Coast Gets A Green Light

An illustration of floating offshore wind turbines.
Courtesy of Principle Power Inc.

A Seattle company that wants to build a floating wind farm off the shore of Southern Oregon got a green light from some high-ranking officials on Wednesday.

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EarthFix Reports
8:58 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Energy Storage Battery Heads To The Market

Private companies are now interested in putting batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid into commercial production. A battery developed in the Northwest has been licensed by three companies.
Courtesy of UniEnergy Technologies

Clarification 2/6/2014: An earlier version of this report described the storage capacity of a 100-megawatt battery system that has since been disputed by a source for this story.

The push to build supersized batteries capable of storing unused energy for later use on the grid is taking a big step forward: Private companies are interested in moving the technology out of the laboratory and into commercial production.

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Microsoft Names New CEO
10:47 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Analyst: Nadella 'Not A Marquee Name' But 'Solid Choice' For Microsoft CEO

Microsoft names Satya Nadella as its new CEO.
Flickr Photo/Heisenberg Media (CC BY-NC-ND)

Microsoft has confirmed that Satya Nadella, 46, will be its new CEO as of Tuesday.

Todd Bishop, co-founder of the tech website Geekwire, said Nadella, who has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, will be making a big leap. “He’s been a strong business leader inside the company, but he’s never led an organization at this scale before,” Bishop said.

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Business & Technology
6:45 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Microsoft Picks Insider Nadella As CEO; Gates Takes New Role

Satya Nadella, Microsoft's next CEO.
Stephen Brashear AP

Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that Satya Nadella, who has risen through the tech company's ranks since he joined it in 1992, is its new CEO.

Nadella has most recently been executive vice president of Microsoft's "cloud and enterprise" group.

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Business & Technology
6:31 am
Tue February 4, 2014

8 Things Worth Knowing About Microsoft's New CEO, Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella, the Indian-born, Wisconsin-educated Microsoft veteran, is now its big boss.
LeWeb13 Flickr

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:30 am

While it's never been considered a "cool" company, Microsoft is still a force — worth $300 billion, and Windows operating systems still run on a big chunk of the world's computers. While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, outgoing leader Steve Ballmer took the reins in 2000. And Tuesday, the board chose an internal candidate — 46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella — to head the company.

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Microsoft CEO Rumors
11:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Microsoft May Be Considering 'Epic Change'

Satya Nadella has been at Microsoft since 1992.
Wikipedia Photo/ Le Web Paris 2013 (CC BY)

Published reports have recently speculated that long-time Microsoft executive Satya Nadella is about to be named the company's new CEO.

But who is this man, and why is the Microsoft board of directors so interested in him?

KUOW's Lisa Brooks spoke with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about Nadella and other rumors around Bill Gates' status as board chair.

Health
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

How Crunching Big Data Could Save Our Lives

Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington.
Courtesy of Daniela Witten

Marcie Sillman speaks with Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington, about why she is teaching machines to read the data inside human bodies. 

Health
4:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Science Check: Don't Trust Everything You Read

Not all science is solid, says columnist George Johnson.
Flickr Photo/International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Steve Scher talks with New York Times' Raw Data columnist George Johnson about the trouble of irreproducible studies.

Tech News
3:26 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Seattle Tops Denver In 'Startup Bowl'

Seattle area's technology community is much stronger than Colorado, Geekwire's Todd Bishop says.
Flickr Photo/UK Ministry of Defence

Steve Scher compares the strength of the technology communities in Colorado and Seattle with Todd Bishop of Geekwire.

Technology
1:09 am
Fri January 24, 2014

At 30, The Original Mac Is Still An Archetype Of Innovation

A 1984 Apple Macintosh Classic was on display at the Museum for Art and Industry in Hamburg, Germany, in 2011.
Philipp Guelland dapd

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:58 am

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Agriculture
12:48 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

How Drones And Satellites Can Boost The Biofuel Crop

High-tech cameras, sensors, aircraft and satellites could more accurately predict crop yields and increase the cost-effectiveness of biofuels. Dan Long holds the small aircraft equipped with cameras, while John Sulik holds the controls.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 9:47 am

Northwest farmers are trying to get into the business of biofuels.

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