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About Alan Boyle

Award-winning science writer, creator of Cosmic Log, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

Electroimpact pays $485K in civil rights case

Aerospace firm Electroimpact agrees to pay $485K after AG finds ‘shocking’ discrimination… https://t.co/2olm6oEVfB via @seattletimes — WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) March 24, 2017 Mukilteo-based Electroimpact, one of Boeing’s best-known suppliers for aerospace tools and automation, will pay $485,000 after an investigation … Continue reading

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Treasury chief downplays AI impact on jobs

Experts say the potential impact of automation and artificial intelligence could be one of the biggest economic issues of the 21st century, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says it’s not on his radar screen. Mnuchin made his comments during a … Continue reading

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Spacewalkers get station ready for space taxis

Spacewalkers made progress today on preparations at the International Space Station for the arrival of the first commercial space taxis. During today’s operation, which lasted just over six and a half hours, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet … Continue reading

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Another look at Jeff Bezos’ gee-whiz frontier

We already knew that Amazon provided a rare public demonstration of its delivery drone dropping off some sunscreen at this week’s MARS 2017 conference in Palm Springs, Calif. We also knew that Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital rocket ship, which went … Continue reading

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Elon Musk teases Tesla Model 3 electric car

Tesla’s billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, is showing off a video of the company’s more affordable Model 3 electric car – but he’s also touting Tesla’s pricier models. A clip that shows a black release candidate version of the Model 3 zipping … Continue reading

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‘Life’ movie sparks reality check about Mars

Let sleeping Martians lie, particularly if they have a strong grip: That’s one of the lessons you could take away from “Life,” the first monster movie set on the International Space Station. The movie – which opens today and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, … Continue reading

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$12 million gift boosts UW chemistry

The University of Washington’s Department of Chemistry will be the beneficiary of a $12 million gift from an unusual source: one of its own professors. Most of the money committed by professor emeritus Larry Dalton and his wife, Nicole Boand, … Continue reading

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