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8:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Seattle: Up In The Computing Clouds

Computer servers in California
Credit Flickr photo / Roy Kaltschmidt (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal technology reporter Shira Ovide about Seattle's role in cloud computing.

Heartbleed
10:13 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Five Hospitals In Washington And Oregon Among Victims Of Computer Hack

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 9:56 am

A national hospital chain says it suspects Chinese hackers breached its computer system earlier this year. Patients whose doctors work with any of five hospitals in the Northwest might have had financial data stolen.

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Venture Capitalism
3:04 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Why Invest Millions In Companies That Are Just Beginning?

Jeannie Yandel speaks with entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer about what investors look for when scoping out new projects.

Startup accelerator TechStars just started its fifth installment in Seattle, after having chosen ten startup companies out of a pool of 600 for a three-month crash course on development and pitching in the University District.

Good Reads
2:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A Book Pick To Get You As Obsessed With Ants As Sherman Alexie

Author Sherman Alexie in the KUOW studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Arwen Nicks gets book recommendations from authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter.

Alexie has recently become an unofficial ant expert after reading Mark W. Moffett's "Adventures Among Ants," saying that they are the only other species to go to war.

Walter's pick is a novel by Jenny Offil called "Dept. of Speculation."

Science
2:24 am
Sun August 17, 2014

The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Angelo Mosso's "human circulation balance" machine worked like a seesaw to measure blood flow changes to the brain.
Stefano Sandrone et al., Brain

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 7:56 pm

Everyone points to the Wright Brothers as the inventors of human flight. But centuries earlier, it was Leonardo da Vinci who imagined human flight, recognizing how birds used concepts like lift and wing shape to glide high above us.

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Technology
3:27 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

How Libraries Fit Into E-Book Culture

Libraries now offer electronic ways to experience literature beyond paper and ink.
Flickr Photo/Lynn Gardner (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Geoffrey Fowler, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, about the advantages and challenges libraries have  in the e-book market.

Research Project
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Tracking Cells From Well To Diseased

Marcie Sillman talks to Dr. Leroy Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology, about the the 100k Wellness Project. The project, which started a year ago, hopes to track what happens at the cellular level when a person goes from well to diseased. 

Tech Culture
11:46 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

Respondents in a survey of women with engineering degrees said that many companies did not provide opportunities for women like them to advance and develop.
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Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 5:57 am

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a lack of mentors. But psychologists who delved deeper into the issue with a new study found that the biggest pushbacks female engineers receive come from the environments they work in.

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All Tech Considered
2:30 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

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Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 10:37 am

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Tech News
2:07 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The 'Cold War' Brewing Between Amazon And Hachette

Credit Flickr Photo/Guillermo Esteves (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news. Amazon is in a battle with Hatchete over books and with Disney over the pre-order option on movies yet to be released. Also, data from an app suggests that, yes, there does appear to be a "Seattle freeze."

Technology
8:57 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Where Can Drones Fly? Legal Limits Are Up In the Air

Steve Cohen and his students fly a drone at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. The FAA prohibits drones from flying above 400 feet or from being used for commercial gain.
Sarah Gonzalez WNYC

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 7:38 pm

It's getting easier for the average civilian to own drones.

The word may bring to mind million-dollar jets that carry bombs, but a drone is any aircraft that doesn't have passengers or a pilot onboard. Some look like sophisticated remote-control helicopters and model airplanes.

They're available online and in stores, some for less than $100. But whether and where owners are allowed to fly those drones falls in a legal gray area.

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Bombus occidentalis
8:55 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Buzzworthy Breeding To Bring Back Bumble Bees

Preparing to inseminate a queen bee.
Megan Asche

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 10:20 am

Some scientists are going to great lengths to help the agreeable Western bumble bee make a comeback.

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Obituary
2:41 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Doctor Remembered For Dedication To Fighting Deadly Ebola

Dr. Sheik Humar Khan, who died of the disease he was helping to fight, posed for a picture in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on June 25.
Umaru Fofana Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:12 am

Doctors and health workers in West Africa are especially vulnerable as they continue to battle to control the spread of Ebola, and dozens of them are dying.

The low for Sierra Leone came with the death of the country's campaigning "Ebola doctor," Dr. Sheik Humar Khan. Khan cared for dozens of patients before testing positive for Ebola and dying of the lethal virus late last month.

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Election Turnout
3:32 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Is Voting Still Too Hard?

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Ross Reynolds speaks with political science professor Michael Alvarez about why less than 30 percent of eligible voters in Seattle voted in the August 5 primary. They discuss how to better engage the average voter, which includes something suspiciously like OKCupid.

Public Etiquette
9:02 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Your Waiter Wants You To Put Down Your Phone

Seriously, do you need to send that text right now?
Anna Bryukhanova iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 12:28 pm

You know how frustrating it is when you can't catch your waiter's eye? He may be thinking the same thing about you.

Diners distracted by their phones have become a real pain in the restaurant business, interfering with the flow of transactions and generally slowing things down.

"I would say probably 7 out of 10 people play with their phones throughout their meals," says Catherine Roberts, general manager of Hogs and Rocks, a ham and oyster bar in San Francisco's Mission District. "People are definitely on their phones excessively. It does gum things up."

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