Monthly Archives: January 2017

After hottest year, are milder days ahead?

Today’s outlook for climate trends is a good-news, bad-news situation for the Pacific Northwest. First, the bad news: NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say 2016 ranked as the hottest year on record in terms of global mean … Continue reading

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Obama says ‘new cyber age’ needs new tools

In the wake of a presidential campaign marred by hacking and social-media skulduggery, President Barack Obama says America’s digital architecture will have to be fine-tuned to preserve democracy. The issue arose today during Obama’s final White House press conference – just two … Continue reading

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Complex life may have gotten a false start

Researchers say multicellular life could have arisen in Earth’s oceans more than 2 billion years ago, only to fall victim to a drop in oxygen levels. That scenario is based on a study of concentrations of the element selenium of sedimentary shale, … Continue reading

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Wild-haired moth named after Donald Trump

Donald Trump isn’t even sworn in as president yet, but he already has a species named after him: a micro-moth with a bushy head of yellowish-white scales. Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is found in a habitat that, ironically, stretches across the U.S.-Mexico … Continue reading

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Boeing is in the middle of NASA-Russia deal

NASA is considering a convoluted arrangement to reserve five more seats on Russian Soyuz capsules heading to and from the International Space Station, with the Boeing Co. as the middleman. The plan to reserve more trips to orbit would give … Continue reading

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Treasure Truck wins patent amid big ambitions

If you’re thinking about building a knockoff of Amazon’s Treasure Truck, the funky delivery vehicle for flash deals ranging from cameras to candy, consider yourself warned: The design is now patented. The patent was issued today, covering the ornamental design for … Continue reading

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Amazon patents self-driving lane control system

There’s been a lot of speculation about Amazon’s interest in self-driving delivery trucks, and a newly issued patent suggests that the Seattle-based retailer is putting a lot of thought into how such a system would work. The patent, issued today, … Continue reading

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