Tech

Mini microscope could detect cancer right in the operating room

When a doctor determines a patient has a brain tumor, the next step is usually surgery. Knife in hand, the surgeon is soon presented with…

Did Obama “green light” a trillion-dollar industry in Puget Sound?

Our region was built on ludicrous-sounding “get rich quick” schemes. Long before software and airplanes, Seattle’s economy ran on timber. But it was the Klondike…

Positive disruption: Puget Sound’s best civic tech projects of 2015

Technology, the sector, may be responsible for Seattle’s rapid growth over the last several years, giving new urgency to conversations about equity, affordability, and the…

Livestream of the year: Local man both robbed and arrested in single minute

When Amazon bought Twitch for $970 million last year, I’ll admit to being baffled. Twitch is a company that offers an online platform dedicated to…

Hacking the feds: A local man’s crimes reveal a global scam

As architect of a major scam network, Bryan Seely tried to make amends by committing federal crimes.

Activists want to unionize Uber. Here are the challenges they face.

This Friday, Obama strategist-turned-Uber spokesman David Plouffe will be in town to deliver a speech entitled “Uber and the Future of Work”. The event is…

How competitive is Seattle with other cities?

Amid all this talk of Seattle’s soul, the city seems to lack a thermometer by which to holistically measure what it really means to live and…

The most transformative local retail company? It may not be Amazon

If you were so inclined, you could order a bag of chips, a gallon of orange juice, and an umbrella-equipped lawn chair from Amazon Prime Now, and…

Who will pay to clean up massive T-Mobile hack?

It seemed like old times, only worse. Once again, there was a corporate data breach. Once again, the personal information of unwitting consumers was siphoned…

Apprentice program to train more local, diverse workforce for tech industry

Necessity is the mother of invention. As the state tech economy continues to boom, the education system hasn’t come close to keeping pace with the jobs being…

Smartypants guide to the FullConTech Conference

As Washington’s tech sector continues its rapid growth, are we adapting fast enough? That’s the central question that participants in Tuesday’s FullConTech conference will address.…

Hipster Barbie, #ThatPNWlife, and social media’s plastic moments

“Pictures or it didn’t happen.” It’s the sort of thing you text a friend when they claim some dubious achievement, like meeting Bill Murray in…

Q&A: Councilmember Sawant on public broadband and a socialist Microsoft

There are politicians who seem to inspire strong reactions in people almost exclusively, with little ground between full-fledged supporters and opponents. In Seattle, that politician…

Socialist councilmember Sawant calls for a new tech revolution

With the exception of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the most prominent socialist in American politics. In her years of…

Link between birth control and breast cancer, but no clear answers

Over the past decade, the number of breast cancer diagnoses in the U.S. has fallen, even as they’ve increased globally. The drop can be attributed,…

A children’s treasury of Amazon employee horror stories

Once upon a time, union workers ruled the land of Puget Sound. With guaranteed weekends, 40 hour work weeks, and paid overtime, they made their…

‘A quiet crisis’: The rise of acidic soil in Washington

Gary Wegner first noticed the problem in 1991, when a field on his family’s farm west of Spokane produced one-fourth the usual amount of wheat.…

The local origins of Minecraft: A conversation with indie gamer Zachary Barth

The figures don’t lie: Minecraft is not just the biggest game of recent memory, but stacks up against the biggest of all time. Since its…

Digital surveillance firm has local police contacts, leaked emails reveal

A digital tool to monitor “all the devices,” whether they be smartphones or laptop computers. One that is “invisible to the user, evades antivirus and…

Trained in Seattle, a doctor brings new life to his homeland

Making a major impact in your country, improving the lives of countless people. Few ever have the opportunity. Dr. Nixon Niyonzima, a young Ugandan physician, is…

Amazon exaggerates its support for affordable housing

This month, Amazon informed the Associated Press that it had “given the city [of Seattle] tens of millions of dollars for affordable housing” for a story that…

In Hanford, the hunt for black holes and gravity waves enters new era

In 2000, Betsy Weaver got hooked on a vision of things unseen. As a student at Washington State University, Weaver’s physics program was visited by…

Is this the world’s most troubling app?

At a coffee shop near Amazon’s headquarters, I am surrounded by sickness. A case of pink eye lurks nearby, there can be no doubt. Fevers…

Following setbacks, municipal broadband supporters continue urging action

A recent city-commissioned study has cast doubts whether a publicly-owned, municipal fiber network will ever be built in Seattle, depicting it as too pricey without a…

Broadband for all: 8 next steps for Seattle

The City of Seattle will not build a municipal fiber broadband network, which would create access to high-speed Internet for all of the city’s residents.  …