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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Is telepathy finally possible?

Brain-to-brain communication works. Sort of. Here's a look at what this new development means.

VOX

The future of net neutrality

What is net neutrality? And why does it matter? NPR's Elsie Hu explains.

KUOW-FM

A few reservations about self-driving cars

The idea of autonomous vehicles is exciting in theory — but will they be as hackable as cell phones?

THE ATLANTIC CITYLAB

CenturyLink trying to block municipal broadband?

Ansel Herz writes, "Last week, however, the powerful industry association USTelecom began lobbying against Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's drive to get rid of state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina — laws that the telecoms lobbied for — which block cities from expanding their municipal broadband programs. CenturyLink, along with AT&T and Verizon, are members of the group."

THE STRANGER

Celebrity picture leaks: Is the cloud secure?

With official investigations just starting, it's unclear how the large batch of photos from various celebrities leaked out.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

4 geniuses struggle to save world from progress

Some dangers worrying cosmologist Martin Rees and friends are immediate; some other threats, like Artificial Intelligence run amok, could be just 20 years away.

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

UW researcher may be on to something: Charging your phone with Wifi

Shyam Gollakota, a researcher at the UW, is working on a way to capture the "persistent signals" all around us and use them to power our devices. 

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL (SEATTLE)

Gamers are helping UW with ebola research

Months before the recent Ebola outbreak erupted in Western Africa scientists at the UW's Institute for Protein Design asked thousands of computer game enthusiasts worldwide to tackle an Ebola puzzle.

SEATTLE TIMES

See that mom on her smartphone at the park? Are you judging her?

"When I check my phone while watching my son at the park, I’m convinced I’m being judged. And I’m convinced I deserve it," writes Monica Guzman.

SEATTLE TIMES

Inside Seattle's female-only coding bootcamp

"Rather than hold a two-month intensive, the [Ada Developers Academy] program is a year-long approach to teach an all-female class how to code and how to work on a developer team."

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL
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