Monthly Archives: October 2017

Seattle wins UNESCO’s laurel for literature

It only makes sense that Seattle is now officially one of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature, considering that it’s home to the world’s biggest bookseller (Amazon) as well as America’s most well-read citizens (at least according to Amazon). One might even ask what … Continue reading

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Scientists can weave data into your clothing

Want to wear your password on your sleeve? Computer scientists from the University of Washington can make it so. A research team led by UW’s Shyam Gollakota has demonstrated a method for encoding digital data, including ID tags and security keys, into … Continue reading

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SpaceX executes Sweet 16 launch (plus landing)

SpaceX executed its 16th Falcon 9 rocket launch of the year today, sending the Koreasat-5A telecommunications satellite into orbit and then having the first-stage booster fly itself back to an oceangoing launch pad. The mission marked a doubling of SpaceX’s … Continue reading

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Data harvested from bits of living human brains

Zapping brain cells from living human tissue? It sounds like a creepy Halloween tale, but for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, it’s a clever way to understand more fully how the brain works — and potentially bring healing to future … Continue reading

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Northern lights could flare up if you’re lucky

The chances of seeing the northern lights are higher for the next couple of nights, but Western Washington’s trademark fall weather could cloud things over. Literally. We’re talking about two types of weather here: The space weather side of the … Continue reading

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Humans and robots kick off 777X jet production

EVERETT, Wash. — With the rat-a-tat-tat of a robotic riveter, Boeing celebrated the official kickoff for production of its next-generation 777X wide-body jet. Today’s ceremony brought more than 200 Boeing workers (plus a busload of journalists) to the building where the support … Continue reading

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Scientists seek treaty to save famous space places

What’s the best way to preserve the Apollo footprints on the moon, the Face on Mars, or the mysterious “white spots” on the dwarf planet Ceres? A pair of researchers argue that there ought to be an international treaty. They say the Antarctic Treaty, which … Continue reading

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‘Modernist Bread’ finds new twists in ancient food

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Did you ever try inflating bread dough with a bicycle pump? Gourmet technologist Nathan Myhrvold did — and after thumbing through the 2,642 pages of his latest opus, “Modernist Bread,” you just might, too. Like “Modernist Cuisine,” his earlier work, the new five-volume set of … Continue reading

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Satellites track the West’s fading mountain glaciers

Elevation readings captured by satellites confirm that glaciers in the western United States are fading away at a worrisome rate. The fade-out isn’t a surprise, considering the rise in global mean temperatures that’s ascribed to climate change. The new twist … Continue reading

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NASA spacewalkers install new HD camera

NASA astronauts finished up this month’s trio of spacewalks with a nearly seven-hour-long outing today — highlighted by the installation of a new HD camera on the International Space Station’s exterior, plus the replacement of a faulty camera-light assembly on the end … Continue reading

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