Tech

Google’s Northwest data centers will be powered by solar and wind

This story was produced by Northwest Public Radio/ EarthFix. Data centers that house YouTube videos and Gmail messages need power constantly. Google announced Tuesday that…

The new safe sex: How one HIV drug is changing lives

Joanne Stekler still remembers the day a colleague rushed into her office at the Duke University School of Medicine, exclaiming, “Oh, my gosh! Have you…

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…

UW, family rewriting neuromuscular research

Physicians and researchers at the UW Medicine Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine have partnered up with a nonprofit foundation in one of the leading…

Seattle company is nation’s friendliest for new mothers

In a recent report tracking paid parental leave policies at the country’s largest employers, four Puget Sound companies were featured – and the national frontrunner is a…

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…

Seattle’s tech boom is just getting started

Think we are in a tech boom right now? Just wait. That boom could get a lot louder as the big San Francisco Bay Area…

Just how secure is Seattle’s economy?

Each morning on his way to work at City Hall, city budget director Ben Noble bikes past two under-construction office towers. Both are slated for…

Free annual health clinic at KeyArena offers marathon of medicine

“You can’t do more good in less time than in this place.” That’s what one practitioner said at last year’s Seattle/King County Clinic at Seattle…

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…

“Digital prophet” or con man? Shingy is in Seattle

David “Shingy” Shing is America Online's Digital Prophet (yes that’s his real title) and he’s back in town this week for the Seattle Interactive Conference, where…

STEM programs find sexist culture hard to shake

Candice Natiello still recalls a particular experience she had a couple of years ago, when she was a student at the University of Washington Bothell.…

Can this app boost workers’ scheduling power?

Earlier this month, Seattle became the second U.S. city to pass “Secure Scheduling” legislation, regulating how employers communicate with their employees in order to help make workers’…

Girls who code: How images can help shatter tech’s gender stereotypes

Sex sells, or so the saying goes. So it should come as no surprise that in 2007, the top-selling image for the search term “woman”…

Meet the artist who let a deer loose in a California gangland

Brent Watanabe will be presenting at Crosscut's third Arts Salon, discussing the intersection of art and tech, on Tues., September 20. If you happened to…

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…

Taming the Northwest’s beloved huckleberry

Despite his attempts, Nathan Tarlyn is a frustrated huckleberry picker. He ventures out, looking for the wild berry that's treasured throughout the Pacific Northwest, but…

A President Hillary Clinton could challenge Comcast, CenturyLink dominance

On Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray joined 41 other mayors and city leaders in an open letter to the mayors of Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC.…

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.…

Seattle’s $20 million gaming showdown is still underground

It’s draft day inside KeyArena. The young male competitors peck at PC keyboards in soundproof glass booths, selecting their screen avatars for virtual combat. With…

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…