Author Archives: Alan Boyle

About Alan Boyle

Aerospace and science editor for GeekWire, 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.

Year in Aerospace: Past troubles, future triumphs

2019 was a tough year for the aerospace industry — a year when a control system flaw caused the second catastrophic crash of a 737 MAX jet and sparked a worldwide grounding of Boeing’s fastest-selling plane. Nine months after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed … Continue reading

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Did life emerge from carbonate-rich lakes?

Where did life on Earth get its start? In a newly published study, researchers from the University of Washington argue that carbonate-rich lakes would have been the best place for life’s chemical building blocks to come together. Get the news brief … Continue reading

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Chinese gene-editing scientist goes to prison

Chinese researcher He Jiankui, who stirred up a global controversy last year when he said his experiment produced twin baby girls with gene-edited traits, has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $430,000 fine, the state-run … Continue reading

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Year in Science: Sights never seen before 2019

What will people remember about the year 2019 in the year 3019? Just as they’re likely to recall 1969 as the year humans first walked on the moon, they might well hold up the first portrait of a black hole as … Continue reading

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A new endurance record for women in space

Every day for the next six weeks, NASA astronaut Christina Koch will be setting a new women’s record for continuous time in space. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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How the cloud lifts ‘The Expanse’ out of this world

It used to take a cast of thousands to create cinematic extravaganzas, but now the job can be done with a cast of dozens of artists and developers, plus thousands of cloud-connected computer servers. The proof of that can be … Continue reading

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FAA’s Remote ID would tighten leash on drones

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued proposed regulations that would require virtually all drones to transmit electronic identification codes while in flight. “Remote ID technologies will enhance safety and security by allowing the FAA, law enforcement, and federal security agencies to identify drones … Continue reading

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