Author Interview

Clive Thompson Explores What Drives Coders

"I really wanted to help shed some light on the fabric of today's digital world by showing the lives and the psychologies of the people that are weaving it."

04/02/2019 By Stefan Milne

Waste of Space

Spacesuit Costs Spokane-Born Astronaut Her Spot in All-Woman Spacewalk

The last-minute change has the internet wondering why they can't just make a smaller spacesuit—but it's not quite that simple.

03/27/2019 By Philip Kiefer

Quote Unquote

UW Scientist Justin Penn Is More Than a Doomsayer

"To intentionally misquote John Lennon, 'Extinction is over! If you want it.’"

03/26/2019 By Jessica Voelker

The Big Opt Out

How Is Measles Still a Problem in Washington?

Amid the state’s largest measles outbreak in decades, some parents still choose not to immunize.

03/26/2019 By Aly Brady

End of the Line

Two New Seattle Apps Promise Shorter Wait Times

But do they really spell "death" to the traditional queue?

11/20/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Virtually Here

Why Is Amazon Going Crazy with Brick-and-Mortar?

In the last three years, the online retailer has moved diversely into physical locations. What’s the deal?

10/16/2018 By Stefan Milne

#NoFilter, No Glory

How Instagram Has Changed Outdoor Spaces

In the last few years, the app has affected the demand for—and safety in—the great outdoors.

09/11/2018 By Sydney Parker

Feature

Stranger Genes: How Seattle Scientists Are Advancing Gene Editing

Researchers are getting closer to figuring out the ultimate medical solution to incurable diseases—changing genetic code itself.

07/17/2018 By Hayat Norimine Photography by Ian Bates

Explainer

Meet CBD, THC’s Non-Psychotropic Sibling

The cannabis extract is creating lots of buzz, but is the science there to back it up?

07/17/2018 By Stefan Milne

Diminutive Drones

The University of Washington’s Wireless Robotic Insect Takes Flight

For the first time, a robo-insect flies without a tether.

07/17/2018 By Rosin Saez

Domo Arigato, Mr. Robata

Robots Now Work at a Capitol Hill Restaurant

Junkichi Robata Izakaya is the second Seattle restaurant to employ AI-powered Sota robots.

06/19/2018 By Stefan Milne

Autos & Androids

Is the Puget Sound Region Ready for Driverless Cars?

"Your robot taxi will arrive soon."

05/22/2018 By Madeline Ostrander

Down the Hatch, Dudes

Male Oral Contraception Could Soon Be a Thing, According to the UW

A University of Washington endocrinologist says a men's version of The Pill is nigh.

04/23/2018 By Rosin Saez

Explainer

Why the Hanford Nuclear Cleanup Is Still Happening 73 Years Later

And what the project stands to lose thanks to budget cuts.

03/27/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Algorithm Nation

Artificial Intelligence Can Be Just as Biased as Humans

A growing group of data scientists is grappling with what’s fair—and how to fix it.

01/25/2018 By Ciara O'Rourke

Explainer

Get Real-Time Advice on Your Run with Sensoria's Smart Shoe

Want to run faster and farther? Maybe this Redmond company can help.

12/19/2017 By Ciara O'Rourke

Doors Wide Shut

Amazon Key Literally Lets Delivery Drivers Come Right Into Your Home

What do we risk when the door’s always open?

12/19/2017 By Allison Williams

Black Hole Fun

How Nobel-Winning LIGO Lab Detects Gravitational Waves

The LIGO Hanford facility was part of a breakthrough discovery that won the Nobel Prize in October after scientists “heard” ­ripples in space-time. This isn’t science fiction, though—it’s a cosmic thriller.

11/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Health Coding

A New Smartphone App Spots Signs of Cancer With a Snapshot

Promising smartphone app BiliScreen is using selfies for science.

10/17/2017 By Rosin Saez

Habitat

How to Make Your Home Smarter

Save time, energy, and your bank account with a few tech purchases—or go big and automate everything.

09/21/2017 By Darren Davis