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Breakthrough Energy Ventures backs 7 companies

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the $1 billion energy innovation fund spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has revealed seven more companies in which it’s investing, including startups that aim to build fusion reactors, produce biofuels with microbes, and pull drinking water … Continue reading

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Paul Allen enlists machine learning as force for good

Paul Allen has made a name for himself as a co-founder of Microsoft, a supporter of artificial intelligence research and a contributor to causes such as wildlife conservation — so it only makes sense that the Seattle-area billionaire wants to use … Continue reading

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Boeing joins NSF to support STEM training

The National Science Foundation and Boeing say they’ve forged a $21 million partnership to accelerate skill development and increase diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, known collectively as STEM. Supported by $10 million in funding from … Continue reading

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DNA evidence zeroes in on 3 African ivory cartels

DNA evidence and lots of detective work have revealed the networks behind illegal trade in African elephant ivory, centering on three smuggling cartels in Kenya, Uganda and Togo. The case is laid out in a paper written by a team … Continue reading

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Seattle skyline turns blue for Allen Institute

If you see a lot of blue lights around Seattle landmarks this week, it’s not in honor of the Seahawks — this time, the color scheme is paying tribute to another one of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s pet projects, the Allen Institute. … Continue reading

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Conservationists mourn loss of sick orca

The emaciated and ailing killer whale known as J50 or Scarlet has disappeared from her family group, and experts presume that she’s dead. Nevertheless, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its partners are continuing the effort to find her, … Continue reading

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Scientists in a sub explore the Salish Sea

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — This week’s Salish Sea Expedition is unfolding amid the heavily trafficked waters off the San Juan Islands, but there’s still plenty of room here for scientific discoveries. For example, researchers riding a deep-water submersible called Cyclops 1 announced that … Continue reading

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