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How Amazon earned Seattle’s scorn — and whether it’s deserved

In over eight years of meetings with voters, Seattle city councilmember Mike O’Brien has never heard a nice story about Amazon. Sitting in church basements…

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David Harris is a dot connector. In 2009, Harris was feeling unfulfilled with his job at Microsoft so he left to become STEM Integration Program…

Amazon earned Seattle’s hostility

Amazon’s recent announcement that it plans to open a second headquarters “fully equal” to its Seattle campus has triggered a depressingly predictable flood of panic…

At City Hall, a massive department is mired in chaos

Last summer, a Seattle police officer called in to say his in-car network was down. No driving or arrest records could be checked. There was no…

State Legislature plans for the world of 5G

How fast Washington can boost its internet speeds and capabilities largely boils down to utility poles: unglamorous wood logs, stuck in the ground and usually…

For women in science, the challenges are personal

When Emily Levesque was 2 years old, her older brother was assigned a school project on Halley's Comet. It was 1986, and the comet was…

How Seattle’s March for Science came to be

What started out as the internet’s distraught reaction to the Trump administration's proposed environmental budget-cuts and Scott Pruitt's nomination to head of the EPA is materializing…

The Pokemon Go autopsy: It got people outside

The Pokemon Go craze took hold of the world last July. Children in Sweden, parents in Bangkok, college students in Seattle. Everyone was intrigued and…

Washington fights for internet privacy that Congress took away

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a law that allows internet providers to sell your personal information without your permission. On Tuesday, Washington legislators from…

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…

A co-working space — with sippy cups

Early last year, I toured three spiffy co-working spaces downtown, looking for a shared office space. I had spent most of my early career employed…

Can you hear me now? Legislature may help phone service

A massive new cellular network — with up to 1,200 transmitters in Downtown Seattle alone — could be on the way, possibly with a big…

O Trump! Have you sent Seattle’s tech to Canada?

It was a Friday afternoon when Donald Trump issued his most controversial order, banning immigration from seven countries. Reaction was swift, as thousands of protesters…

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…

Seattle’s hills are the worst. Here’s a way to cope.

Seattle’s hills can be daunting for anyone, sometimes even for drivers. And then there are all those construction sites that may push walkers or those…

How former Seahawk Ricardo Lockette got religion on science

Science saves lives. That's the message former Seahawk Ricardo Lockette brought to a recent summit on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Washington…

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…

How a video game is keeping native culture alive

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Since its launch in 2014, Never Alone, the first video game drawing on Indigenous culture, has been…

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…

This app tells you if your job listing is sexist

As many progressive pundits were predicting a presidential landslide for Hillary Clinton, Kieran Snyder, cofounder of Seattle-based startup Textio, was seeing a very different picture…

Robots: How long until they run this town?

The possibility that robots might one day run our lives has long been a fantasy and a fear. As a forward-looking tech-obsessed city, it should…

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…

Why tech companies aren’t hiring more local grads

It’s no secret that Washington state is home to some of the world’s top tech companies, yet these companies consistently struggle to find local talent.…