Ginny Ruffner’s modern alchemy — from glass art to virtual reality

Ginny Ruffner presented at Crosscut's third Arts Salon, discussing the intersection of art and tech, on Tues., September 20. In the mid-1980s, glass was the…

Tree-planting robots could save Northwest forests

In the summer of 2015, Grant Canary, an entrepreneur with two startups under his belt who was looking for his next venture, was brainstorming ways…

Zika has arrived in the Northwest. Will it spread?

Doctors confirmed the eighth case of Zika in King County this week, bringing the total number of infections found in Washington State up to 24.…

Forget Pokemon Go. New tech incubator takes VR to the next level

If you’ve hung out by Lake Union, Westlake, or Green Lake at any point over the past three weeks, you’ve likely seen person after person…

In the future, we’ll all eat worms

Virginia Emery loves bugs. She loves them so much that last summer, Emery built a 100-square-foot barn in her backyard in Ballard for the sole…

New tech could restore some quiet to noisy oceans

Forty feet below the surface of Puget Sound, a marbled murrelet dives for its catch. The water is cold, dark — and incredibly noisy. A…

Seattle’s space pioneers still searching for a business plan

The sky’s the limit on a burgeoning new industry in the Seattle area. No, not even the sky: These businesses have their eyes set on…

Can oyster farms make Puget Sound a little more wild?

This is the last of a series of stories about Washington's oyster industry. The series starts here. Oysters were on the menu at the “Clean Oceans…

Ghost shrimp, oyster herpes and global warming’s evil twin

This is the third story in a series about Washington’s oyster industry. The series starts here. Driving down the coast on Highway 1 en route…

The surprisingly complex business of putting heaven on the half shell

This is the second in a series of stories about Washington’s oyster industry. Read part 1 here. Glucking down the muddy shore of Steamboat Island…

The raw truth about Washington’s oysters

Oysters: Some people love them, some people hate them, but this week, all shall celebrate them. Yes, Washington Shellfish Week is upon us, as declared…

Meet the Northwest’s environmental justice champions

There’s a movement afoot in Seattle. It’s a new breed of environmentalism, one that aims to put people who normally get left out of the…

Is Washington ready for the next big oil spill?

On a calm, clear afternoon in December 1985, the Arco Anchorage made a routine stop in Port Angeles, Washington. The crew was killing time, waiting…

It took a whole team of UW scientists to make this cute cat pic

An Instagram post here, a YouTube video there, a few thousand financial transactions over there. We live in the world of big data — and…

New report: West Coast waters face double threat

It’s been called global warming’s evil twin. Scientists have pegged it as the culprit behind low shellfish harvests, and some researchers warn that it will…