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How a “game-changing” gift is supercharging UW research

As a top research institution, the University of Washington netted nearly $1.5 billion in federal funds last year to support its discovery efforts. So when…

Seattle Police prepare for a big computer upgrade

The Seattle Police Department is preparing to acquire a multi-million dollar computer system, which would provide powerful tools to manage and analyze data about both…

Calling All Nerds: How can we use our tech boom to create an equitable, integrated city?

Have an idea to make the Seattle area even more awesome? Want to get it in front of Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch and CrunchFund…

Inslee needs to light a fire on climate change

Second of two articles When Jay Inslee was a congressman, he authored a blueprint for a new moonshot for clean energy. He called it Apollo’s Fire. Inslee…

Seattle Steam Co., old utility with new ideas

Some of the Seattle Steam Company's equipment looks like scenery pulled from a factory-set in an old silent film. In the company's two buildings on Western Avenue…

Crosscut’s reinventing journalism. Meet the Community Idea Lab

Today Crosscut is launching its Community Idea Lab, a new way of practicing journalism that educates the community about a particular issue and incubates great…

Why app design is replacing computer science in public schools

Were teenagers by-and-large rational, computer science would be an easy sell. In what other industry is a 50-person company selling for $19 billion? What other industry…

The UX Doctor: Fixing Seattle’s new parking meters

Stuck card, connection failure, redundant charges — nearly every Seattle driver has had a frustrating experience with a parking pay station. So when the Seattle…

The Washington Mudslide: Should there be an ‘App for That’?

The horrific mudslide and loss of life in Snohomish County on March 22nd is an ongoing tragedy in Washington state. Six days after the disaster,…

Council puts limits on rideshare companies

A limit on rideshare vehicles for at least the next year is part of Seattle's City Council's new set of taxi and rideshare regulations approved…

Uber, Lyft release driver numbers as vote on ridesharing rules is postponed

Facing regulations they view as too stringent, Uber and Lyft have released information about the number of drivers using their ridesharing apps in Seattle. Last week, in…

Bertha blockage mania

Theories abound about what's blocking Big Bertha, Seattle's tunnel boring machine, the world's largest at that. The tunneling action is underground, of course, but it's…

This holiday season, give the gift of Crosscut

As a journalistic enterprise, we always like our stories to have a news hook. So, given that the holiday season is upon us we thought…

Why downtown would be safer as a surveillance state

Violent crime statistics tell us that Seattle is safer now than it was 10 or 12 years ago; that violent crime – even in the…

A 10-point tech plan for Ed Murray’s transition team

Washington state has an extraordinarily robust tech community, anchored not only by big companies like Microsoft and Amazon, but by the University of Washington and…

Directory resistance: The challenge of contacting local government

Animal shelters, jury duty, code compliance – you name it – we all need to contact the government now and then. You might expect that…

Council looks to tap the brakes on Seattle ride-sharing

Ride-share drivers using apps like Lyft, Sidecar and UberX to connect with passengers could soon face new city-imposed licensing and vehicle inspection requirements, if the City Council…

Don’t look now: Big Brothers are watching

It has become a commonplace joke on the phone that the NSA is probably listening in. The humor is a bit forced because it hides…

Hub Seattle’s Brian Howe: If I Were Mayor

Seattle mayor. It's a tough job, dogged by police reforms, a stretched budget and no end of public safety crises. And while there's mayoral criticism…

One Bus Away: Sound Transit’s new killer app?

On August 15, 2008, among items about federal rules for special game-day service and a New York Times piece on the return of trollies to American streets,…

Where the jobs are: State told to increase STEM degrees

The devil is in the details. The Washington Roundtable released a report Tuesday on the gap of jobs-versus-education in Washington and how to tackle that gap…

Seattle’s new waterfront cameras: The beginning of city-wide surveillance?

Rapid advances in technology are making all kinds of high-tech snooping easier and cheaper. As a result, the Seattle Police department and other local law…

Bill tackles problem you didn’t know you had: Flashmob robberies

Washington's Senate has taken a stand against flash mobs gone bad. The phenomenon worrying the Legislature is called a "flash rob." Nationwide, cases are growing…

Some Washington employers want to snoop in your Facebook

A group of business interests want to tweak a bill that would forbid employers from obtaining passwords to an employee or job seeker's social media…

Why Seattle needs drones

Drones don't frighten me. Military and law enforcement agencies with drones? Now that's scary. President Obama's nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, faced tough…