Silicon Valley Who?

To No One's Surprise, Seattle Is a Rich Tech Startup City

Young, wide-eyed tech bros can sleep a little better knowing they’re making more money than Jeff Bezos—sort of.

06/25/2019 By Lily Hansen

Explainer

What the Heck Is Blockchain?

If cryptocurrency is virtual cash, blockchain is the security—and it’s only getting bigger.

05/29/2019 By Philip Kiefer

Waste Not

The Life-Changing Magic of Recycling Right

Seattle startup Ridwell takes what the city’s blue bins won’t.

05/29/2019 By Rosin Saez

Mr. Beanless

Is Coffeeless Coffee the Next Impossible Burger?

The founders of Atomo have created a purportedly more sustainable coffee—in a lab, without using a single bean.

05/29/2019 By Stefan Milne

Burn Notice

Washington’s Wildfire Season Is Starting Earlier and Ending Later

Does that mean another summer of hazy skies for Seattle?

05/29/2019 By Ciara O'Rourke

Brain Teasers

This Robot Is a Mind Reader

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence has transformed Pictionary into a training ground for human-compatible AI.

04/23/2019 By Aly Brady

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