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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.  …

The little white house. And the medical visionary who made a difference.

It sat on 18th Avenue in Squire Park, across from the backside of Providence Hospital. It was a little, white turn-of-the-century house — it could…

Puget Sound’s transportation future: Some key considerations

The Puget Sound's transportation problems abound, but possible fixes remain unresolved. As planners and civic leaders sit down to develop long-term plans, the question of…

The cause of death most “distinct” to the Northwest

First, the good news. The cause of death most distinctive to the Pacific Northwest, relative to the rest of the country, is exceedingly rare. The bad news:…

The end of Urbanspoon, Seattle’s original restaurant app

One of the most popular Seattle-made apps is no more. After more than 30 million downloads, local company Urbanspoon has been gobbled up (for a second…

Should Arctic drilling opponents take on Shell, or our own craving for crude?

Ok, admit it — you’re a little queasy about the recent “Paddle in Seattle” protests against Shell. It’s not that you questioned their cause: the…

Uber Seattle systems crash has its drivers uneasy

The Pioneer Square office of rideshare company Uber was shuttered Wednesday, a metal gate blocking the door and curtains covering the windows. A small white…

Video: Highlights from Civic Cocktail’s evening on SIFF and Civic Tech

How is tech reshaping our civic life? We put that question to a panel of local experts at last Wednesday’s Civic Cocktail. Cathy Wissink, Microsoft’s…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Thriving in the crossfire: Yelp’s woman in Seattle

Throwing yourself into the lion's den isn't for everyone. But that is pretty much Katy Hewitson's daily job as the public face of Yelp.com in Seattle,…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Tech and SIFF

How is technology reshaping — hopefully, improving — civic life? A panel of local experts will explore that question at next Wednesday's Civic Cocktail. It's a question…

Life science research: Is state losing focus?

Every April, there was to be a show of symmetry in Washington. This month, Big Tobacco made its annual delivery of millions of dollars to…

Premera cyberattack: How an ancient state law makes our data vulnerable

Odds are good you got one of these letters from Premera Blue Cross, too. The Mountlake Terrace-based health insurer sent them out to 6 million…

How Seattle can deal with the Ellen Pao setback

Ellen Pao has lost her gender discrimination lawsuit against venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins. Only time will tell if she and other professional women will…

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,…