Robot cars: panacea or plague?

The robot cars are coming, like it or not. And local researchers say Seattle better be prepared. From BMW to Ford, car companies say they…

Could data solve Seattle’s biggest problems?

Dreary winter weather, left-leaning politics, a tech-focused economy: These are all things Seattle and Vancouver (the one in B.C.) have in common. Sure, Seattle may…

A Northwest medical mystery — and the hunt for answers

It’s a mystery that has vexed medical researchers for years: Why some people’s immune systems misfire, attacking their own bodies. This type of misfire is…

Are we ready for oil spills in the Salish Sea?

On October 13, 2016 a 95-foot-long tug ran aground off the coast of Bella Bella, British Columbia, spilling an estimated 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel.…

Fossil fuel exports in the NW: Down but not out

Environmentalists are celebrating the recent news that Peter Goldmark, Washington State's public lands commissioner, decided against leasing state-owned land in Longview for Millennium Bulk Terminal’s…

A new, safer way to monitor the warming oceans

As the Earth warms with climate change, more than 90 percent of that heat is stored in the ocean, so it’s important for scientists to…

Best of 2016: Visiting the quietest place in the U.S.

I’m sitting with my back against a rotting, red log, my chin resting on my knees as I hug them in toward my chest. I…

Don’t look now, but they’ve invented self-driving bikes

It’s become abundantly clear that we’re hurtling toward a future in which cars drive themselves. Five or ten years hence, we’ll be able to sit…

This tech hub actually fights gentrification

“How might we create fertile ground for the African-American community to grow with the city’s current tech boom?” That’s the question that David Harris posed…

Hunting school offers lessons on life, death and the dinner table

Lying prone on the grass, I shuffle my elbows forward to position the rifle butt against my right shoulder. I close my left eye and…

Sewage could power jumbo jets, say local scientists

There are a lot of reasons to feel crappy about America right now — the fact that we just took a yuuge step back on…

Major coal train lawsuit settled by environmental groups, BNSF

After a week at trial and years of battles, the lawsuit brought on by a coalition of environmental groups against BNSF Railway was settled today,…

Tiny-house villages could shelter city’s homeless

Seattle is in the midst of what could be a dramatic shift in the way it helps people who are experiencing homelessness. A report released…

Here’s why it’s so hard to predict the weather in the Pacific Northwest

“This is a very dangerous storm,” the warning read in boldface font. At this point local meteorological celeb Cliff Mass’s post is infamous. His descriptors…
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