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Dim The Lights
10:13 am
Tue December 31, 2013

The End Of The Bulb As We Know It? Not Quite

Bruce Cudmore is the purchasing manager at Carr Sales
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 10:09 am

January 1 is the end of the era of your standard, soft white Edison-designed incandescent bulb in the United States. Or at least, in theory.

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Health
12:22 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Can A Fruit Fly Help Explain Autism?

A newly discovered neural circuit in the brain of the common fruit fly seems to serve as a sort of "volume control," turning up and down the perception of sound and light.
Nicholas Monu iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 7:54 am

For President Obama, 2013 wasn't just the year of Obamacare. It was also the year of the brain.

In April, Obama announced his Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative — an effort to unlock "the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears."

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Retail Shopping
2:44 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

The Stores Are Watching You

Flickr Photo/Fujin

Jeannie Yandel talks with freelance journalist Max Strasser about the many ways in which retailers are collecting data on your habits.

Tech Trash
12:03 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Washington Recycles Millions Of Gadgets, But That's Barely Keeping Up

A worker at Total Reclaim pulls apart what has become known as "tech trash." Although Washington state recycles 100,000 pounds every day, it's still just a drop in the bucket.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jamala Henderson

The loading dock at Total Reclaim in Seattle is piled high with electronic discards: phones, old TVs and computer carcasses. It is also deafening: Computer boards are shredded, and trucks roar in with new loads.

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Technology
3:28 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Paying For Lunch With Your Palm: Biometric Technology In Schools

Flickr Photo/CPOA

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry about the concerns behind using biometric technology in schools, like using fingerprints to identify students.

Government Surveillance
4:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Tech Giants Say Enough Spying, Rep. DelBene Agrees

US Rep. Suzan DelBene

Ross Reynolds talks with US Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., about a bill called the USA Freedom Act that would reign in government surveillance capabilities.

Digital Campaigns
4:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

What Makes A Successful Digital Activist?

Members of the Digital Activism Research Project.
Courtesy of Digital Activism Research Project

Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Philip Howard, leader of the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington, about his research on digital activist.

Latest Snowden Revelations
7:41 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Orc And Dagger: U.S., U.K. Reportedly Spied On Gamers Online

Gamers play at an IT fair in Germany. The NSA and a British counterpart have deployed agents into several virtual worlds, according to reports, including the online game World of Warcraft.
Johannes Eisele AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:14 am

U.S. and British intelligence agencies have worked to infiltrate networks of violence-prone individuals who might unite for a common cause. And in some cases, the spies are also targeting networks that aren't regional terrorist cells — they're online gaming communities, according to the latest revelation from documents given to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Cracking The Code
11:44 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Live Event: Discussion About Gender And Tech

KUOW's Jamala Henderson attended a conference about encouraging young women to pursue careers in tech on Wednesday. Below are a collection of tweets -- many of them from Jamala -- that emerged from the conference. 

Website Upgrades
12:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over

iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 3:31 am

One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.

Federal officials said more than 1 million users logged in on Monday, and nearly that many on Tuesday.

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Author Interview
3:51 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Dogfight: The Deeply Personal Battle Between Apple And Google

Fred Vogelstein's book "Dogfight."

David Hyde talks with Wired contributing editor Fred Vogelstein about his new book "Dogfight: How Google and Apple Went to War and Started a Revolution."  The book chronicles the contentious relationship between Apple's Steve Jobs and Google's Eric Schmidt and shows how it has shaped smartphone and tablet technology.

Technology
3:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

How Can You Make A Gun? Get A 3-D Printer And A Blueprint

A 3-D printer.
Flickr Photo/tracy the astonishing

David Hyde talks with Tom Campbell, associate director of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, about the advent of 3-D printed guns.

Cracking The Code
9:11 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Encouraging Girls, Women To Pursue Jobs In Tech

Elizabeth Brace, right, works on coding at a University of Washington camp.
Credit Courtesy of Megan Fu

It’s summertime in Seattle, and deep inside a basement classroom of the Paul Allen computer science building at the University of Washington, Justin Bieber is being deconstructed.

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Computer Security
3:45 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

That Time Adam Penenberg Asked To Be Hacked

Reporter Adam Penenberg.
From Adam Penenberg's Facebook page.

David Hyde talks with reporter and NYU professor Adam Penenberg about what happened when Penenberg challenged hackers to investigate him.

Technology
3:54 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

An App To Curate News To Your Taste

Ross Reynolds sits down in the studio with Cory Bergman, co-founder and general manager of the new NBC-owned Breaking News app that allows users to curate news alerts by their interests.

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