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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…

Data dive: Fake Twitter followers abound in local politics, media

Like so much about Twitter, the prevalence of fake accounts on the service is a strange and mostly pointless thing to think about. But because I gravitate…

In the future, we’ll all eat worms

Virginia Emery loves bugs. She loves them so much that last summer, Emery built a 100-square-foot barn in her backyard in Ballard for the sole…

Who’s fixing tech’s diversity problems?

The picture is by now familiar: Many tech companies are very white and very male. Women leave tech companies at a higher rate than men.…

New tech could restore some quiet to noisy oceans

Forty feet below the surface of Puget Sound, a marbled murrelet dives for its catch. The water is cold, dark — and incredibly noisy. A…

Its workforce graying, industry looks to prep young people for trades

Jonathan Ly wants to work in the aerospace industry some day. Ly, 17, wears his hair in a ponytail and plays ultimate frisbee. He grew…

Canada pours millions into megaquake warning system

When The Big One is on its way, people in British Columbia may be the first to know. In June, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) started creating a system…

Seattle’s space pioneers still searching for a business plan

The sky’s the limit on a burgeoning new industry in the Seattle area. No, not even the sky: These businesses have their eyes set on…

Tech-soaked Seattle needs its artists

Seattle, a city of engineers going back a century to the founding of Boeing, seems in overdrive, growing big bright shiny buildings to house ever more tech services,…

Why Washington kids aren’t getting our best jobs

This is the first in a series of stories from Crosscut that will take a look at STEM education in the state and how it…