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Tech after death: Researchers work on new ways to handle your remains, in the flesh and online

It's hard enough protecting your personal information while you're alive, but you also have to worry about it after you die. For example, what will happen to all those postings and profiles you'll be leaving behind on social media? Researchers addressed that conundrum — as well as other issues at the intersection of technology and mortality — today in Seattle during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Faheem Hussain, an expert on technology ...
Tags: Science, Seattle, Arizona State University

Human composting could be the future of deathcare

Washington becomes first US state to legalise practice as interest in green burials surges in UKIt is viewed as a fitting end for a banana skin or a handful of spent coffee grounds. But now people are being urged to consider human composting and other environmentally friendly “deathcare” options.Speaking before a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Seattle on Sunday, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a professor of soil science and sustainable agriculture at Washin...
Tags: Science, Washington, Environment, US, World news, Death and dying, Seattle, Compost, Washington State University, Lynne Carpenter Boggs

Researchers create new tools to monitor water quality, measure water insecurity

A wife-husband team will present both high-tech and low-tech solutions for improving water security at this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Feb. 16. Northwestern University's Sera Young and Julius Lucks come from different ends of the science spectrum but meet in the middle to provide critical new information to approach this global issue.
Tags: Science, Seattle, Northwestern University s Sera Young, Julius Lucks

Stormy pattern takes a back seat to sunshine in the Northwest this week

After wetter-than-normal conditions in the Northwest for the start of 2020, drier conditions are on the way next week.Following stormy weather over the weekend, which will spread snow into the Rockies for the start of the new week, the waves of wet weather will cease in the Northwest.Some snow showers will linger early in the week across the highest elevations, although it will be noticeably drier by Tuesday. Even drier conditions are in store for the rest of the week."High pressure will sett...
Tags: Science, Canada, Auburn, Portland Oregon, Seattle, Accuweather, Cascades, Northwest, Rockies, Green River, BOISE Idaho, Spokane Washington, Northern Plains, LoBiondo, U S Seattle, DirecTV Frontier

Why Bill Gates thinks gene editing and artificial intelligence could save the world

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been working to improve the state of global health through his nonprofit foundation for 20 years, and today he told the nation's premier scientific gathering that advances in artificial intelligence and gene editing could accelerate those improvements exponentially in the years ahead. "We have an opportunity with the advance of tools like artificial intelligence and gene-based editing technologies to build this new generation of health solutions so that th...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Bill Gates, Seattle, Gates

Mold Linked to a Seventh Death at Seattle’s Children Hospital

Mold infestations at a Washington state hospital have claimed yet another life, according to the deceased’s family. On Wednesday, 5-month-old Elizabeth Hutt died, following months of complications from a mold infection her family says she contracted at Seattle’s Children Hospital. If accurate, it would be the seventh…Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Mold, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, Seattle, Children Hospital, Elizabeth Hutt, Seattle 's Children Hospital

Northwestern researcher examines substance use disorders in at-risk youth

Using data from the Northwestern Juvenile Project, Linda Teplin of Northwestern University will examine the persistence and progression of substance use disorders -- including opioid use disorder -- in delinquent youth in a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Seattle on Friday, Feb. 14.
Tags: Science, Seattle, Northwestern University, Linda Teplin

Trafficking industry hit as ‘sex worker’ chatbots fool thousands

Campaign to lure men seeking to buy sex triggers big decline in online searches in SeattleSex trafficking in a US city was significantly disrupted by a non-profit group that deployed decoy chatbots in conversations with tens of thousands of men.During a two-year period, Seattle Against Slavery posted fake online adverts that connected people with chatbots that initially posed as sex workers, before delivering a deterrence message. The campaign, which also involved placing more than 2m Google adv...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Prostitution, US, Society, World news, US news, Seattle, Sex trade, AAAS, Chatbots, SeattleSex, Seattle Against Slavery

How a space snowman called Arrokoth is shedding new light on planetary origins

The space snowman that was the focus of a close encounter with NASA's New Horizons probe last year is helping scientists answer a cosmic question: How did the building blocks of the solar system get their start? "This is a game-changer," said Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute and principal investigator for the New Horizons mission. Stern and other members of the New Horizons science team shared their latest findings about the snowman-shaped object now know...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Seattle, New Horizons, Stern, Alan Stern, American Association, Southwest Research Institute

2nd week of February to start on a quiet note across the Northwest

To say that it has been a wet start to the year across the Pacific Northwest would be an understatement, as numerous cities observed record stretches and amounts of wet weather. Looking ahead to the second week of February, a stretch of dry weather is finally in store for the region.The town of Forks, Washington, observed what seemed to be never-ending rainfall to start the year, breaking multiple January precipitation records, including most days with measurable precipitation (31) and wettest J...
Tags: Echo, Science, Oregon, Idaho, Portland, Seattle, Accuweather, Pacific Northwest, Cascades, Brown, Kate Brown, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Army National Guard, Ted S Warren, Forks Washington, DirecTV Frontier

Second week of February to start on a quiet note across the Northwest

To say that it has been a wet start to the year across the Pacific Northwest would be an understatement, as numerous cities observed record stretches and amounts of wet weather. Looking ahead to the second week of February, a stretch of dry weather is finally in store for the region.The town of Forks, Washington, observed what seemed to be never-ending rainfall to start the year, breaking multiple January precipitation records, including most days with measurable precipitation (31) and wettest J...
Tags: Science, Washington, Oregon, Portland, Seattle, Accuweather, Pacific Northwest, Cascades, Medford Oregon, Seattle Portland, Great Falls Montana, Ted S Warren, Forks Washington, DirecTV Frontier, Littlerock Washington, Pacific Ocean Places

Xplore partners with Nanoracks to set up opportunities for deep-space missions

Seattle-based Xplore says it's joining forces with Houston-based Nanoracks to create low-cost rideshare opportunities for payloads heading for the moon, Mars and other destinations beyond Earth orbit. The partnership takes advantage of the commercial approach to deep-space exploration that's being pioneered at NASA under Administrator Jim Bridenstine, said Lisa Rich, Xplore's chief operating officer and co-founder. "We're the perfect fit for Bridenstine's goal of NASA being o...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Houston, Seattle, GeekWire, NanoRacks, Jim Bridenstine, Xplore, Bridenstine, Lisa Rich Xplore

Scientists link mysterious snippets of DNA to cell growth and tumor suppression

Why do some strings of genetic code remain virtually unchanged despite tens of millions of years of evolutionary divergence? A newly published study that takes advantage of the gene-editing technique known as CRISPR has found that at least some of those DNA strings are essential to keep healthy cells growing and block the growth of tumor cells. The research, published today in Nature Genetics, is the "first study finding large-scale importance of these highly conserved elements," senior author R...
Tags: Science, Seattle, Bradley, Nature Genetics, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Rob Bradley

Autonomous Vehicles May Stop Looking Like Cars

Autonomous vehicles without steering wheels, EV tax credit update, and lower speed limits coming soon to a city near you (probably). All this and more in The Morning Shift for Monday, December 23, 2019. Read more...
Tags: Science, Tesla, Gm, Autonomous Cars, Seattle, Electric Cars

Nasa and Boeing confident Starliner capsule will land safely

Starliner capsule due to land in New Mexico on Sunday after failing in its mission to dock with the international space stationThe Nasa and Boeing team behind the un-crewed Starliner space capsule that failed on Friday in its mission to dock with the international space station has expressed confidence that they can land the faulty spacecraft in the US desert on Sunday. Related: Boeing's 737 Max troubles threaten booming Seattle-area economy Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Space, Science, US, World news, US news, Nasa, Airline Industry, New Mexico, Seattle, Boeing

First Mode forges $13.5M agreement with Anglo American to develop mining tech

First Mode, a Seattle engineering firm founded by veterans of the Planetary Resources asteroid mining venture, says it'll be working on innovations for the earthly mining industry under the terms of a three-year, $13.5 million agreement with Anglo American. The deal demonstrates that First Mode is branching out from space applications, a year after it was founded. The company has been providing design, engineering and system development services for projects including NASA's next Mars ro...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Seattle, Anglo

Movie-watching mice pose a mystery for brain scientists: What are all those neurons doing?

For years, neuroscientists have been monitoring the brain activity of mice as they looked at a wide range of images — including the film-noir classic "Touch of Evil" — in hopes of discovering deep insights about the workings of the visual system. Now they've come upon a plot twist worthy of director Orson Welles himself. The latest results, reported today in the journal Nature Neuroscience by researchers at Seattle's Allen Institute for Brain Science and at the University of Washington, ...
Tags: Science, Orson Welles, Seattle, University of Washington, Allen Institute for Brain Science

Brands of the decade: 2010–2019

Ten years ago, when social media and blogging were still new and a rational person was in the White House, I did something ambitious and presumptuous: I published a list of the Brands of the Decade.* And now it’s time to do it again. To qualify for my highly subjective top-12 list, a brand had to meet these guidelines: Founded during the second decade of the 21st century or shortly before or Had a significant impact on the way we do business or live our lives during this decade or ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Twitter, Spotify, Music, Science, Technology, London, Sweden, Pinterest, Instagram, Colorado, Film, Washington

SpaceX launches Dragon cargo craft with mighty mice and a tricky shipment for Seattle’s Spaceflight

A fresh SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a recycled robotic Dragon cargo capsule today, carrying 5,700 pounds of supplies, satellites and science to the International Space Station. In contrast with Wednesday's planned launch attempt, which was called off due to excessively high upper-level winds, today's countdown proceeded smoothly to liftoff at 12:29 p.m. ET (9:29 a.m. PT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Minutes after launch, the Falcon 9's first stage fell away a...
Tags: Spacex, Florida, Science, Seattle, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, SpaceX Falcon, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Expedition Titan uses mixed reality to turn Saturn’s mysterious moon into a thrill ride

It's doubtful anyone alive today will get to ride through the ice volcanoes of Saturn's largest moon — but you can do the next best thing at Seattle's Pacific Science Center, thanks to a mixed-reality experience called Expedition Titan. The walk-through production is the latest showcase for Hyperspace XR, a startup-in-residence that's pioneering the frontiers of mixed reality at the science center. That frontier is associated with other labels of immersive experiences, including ...
Tags: Science, Saturn, Seattle, Pacific Science Center

Scientists Created Fake Rhino Horn. But Should We Use It?

In Africa, 892 rhinos were poached for their horns in 2018, down from a high of 1,349 killed in 2015. The decline in deaths is encouraging, but conservationists agree that poaching still poses a dire threat to Africa's rhino population, which hovers around 24,500 animals.Now, in the hopes of driving down the value of rhino horn and reducing poaching even more, scientists have created a convincing artificial rhino horn made from horsehair."We're not trying to supplant boots-on-the-ground,...
Tags: Science, China, Africa, New York Times, University of Oxford, Vietnam, Johnson, Seattle, Wildaid, Chen, Fudan University, Wake Forest University, Lynn Johnson, Vollrath, Peter Knights, Solomon Hsiang

Study suggests AI’s disruptive effect on jobs will hit higher on economic and education scales

When experts talk about the disruptive effects of artificial intelligence, they tend to focus on low-paid laborers — but a newly published study suggests higher-paid, more highly educated workers will be increasingly exposed to job challenges. The study puts Seattle toward the top of the list for AI-related job disruption. The analysis, which draws on work by researchers at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution, makes use of a novel technique that connects AI-related patents with the...
Tags: Google, Science, Stanford, Seattle, Brookings Institution, Stanford University, Michael Webb

We may see Northern Lights from Seattle area Wednesday night, but no such luck for Unicorn Meteor Shower

If the clear, cold weather holds, Washingtonians on both sides of the mountains could be in for a rare treat when minor geomagnetic storms set the stage for a view of the Northern Lights.
Tags: Outdoors, Science, News, Seattle, Local News, Northwest, Puget Sound, Eastside, Unicorn Meteor Shower

How the Seattle area became a hotspot for satellite builders — and what comes next

Seattle may not be the best place to put a launch pad, but the region is turning into one of the most prolific satellite production centers in the United States. "How many of you know that Washington state is actually one of the world's leading satellite manufacturers?" Roger Myers, a longtime aerospace executive who is currently president-elect of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, asked during a session of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region's Economic Leadership Forum on Mond...
Tags: Science, Colorado, California, Washington, United States, Lockheed Martin, Seattle, Boeing, Roger Myers, Washington State Academy of Sciences

Watch Mercury move across the sun online — or in the sky, if you’re lucky and careful

The planets will be aligned on Monday for a rare astronomical event known as the transit of Mercury, and skywatching fans are sure to see it even if the skies are cloudy, thanks to this little thing called the internet. For folks in Western Washington, watching the action online will be the best bet when the tiny black dot of Mercury's disk crosses the sun. Mercury will make its first contact at 4:35 a.m. PT, when the skies will still be dark in Seattle. It'll be another two and a half h...
Tags: Science, Seattle, Western Washington

Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 November, 2019

My dog Sophie, watching for Amazon delivery drivers. See story, below. Good morningIt has been a busy week this week, with some of the fruits of my labors appearing in the form of not one or two but three articles appended to this morning’s newsletter.  These are the first three articles in what currently is projected to become a nine part series on dash cams.There has been more interest in this topic than I’d guessed, and perhaps that interest is well placed.  As I mention in the first part o...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Science, Fcc, Microsoft, Hotels, China, Miscellaneous, US, San Francisco, Newsletter, Bbc, David, Beijing, Canada, Current Affairs

2019’s Allen Distinguished Investigators will focus on the mysteries of our cells

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a division of Seattle's Allen Institute, is making a total of $7.5 million in awards to its latest class of five biomedical researchers. The themes for this year's Allen Distinguished Investigators focus on stem cell therapies and single-cell interactions in their native environments. “The field of stem cell biology has the potential to change how we treat diseases by helping precision medicine, and there’s so much we still don’t understand about the in...
Tags: Science, Seattle, Allen, Allen Institute, Paul G Allen Frontiers Group, Frontiers Group, Kathy Richmond

Rare clear skies might give Seattle a chance to see Mercury in transit

Western Washington sky watchers may get a rare chance to see Mercury cross the path of the sun, and the National Weather Service says we may have clear skies to view the planet's transit. Here's how to safely watch.
Tags: Outdoors, Weather, National Weather Service, Science, News, Washington, Nation, Seattle, Local News, Northwest

'Innocence Is Shattered:' A Storied Mormon Family Reels After Mexico Murders

QUEEN CREEK, Arizona -- The message popped up on the family WhatsApp thread just after noon."Howie's wife and four kids have been killed," it said. "Christina and Donna and their kids are not accounted for. Were traveling with them."Aaron Staddon married into the diaspora of Mormon families who have long lived in the rural valleys of northern Mexico, and he shuddered when he read through the haunting thread of messages coming from south of the border."My heart just sank," said Staddon, 44, w...
Tags: Facebook, Utah, Science, Mexico, America, United States, North Dakota, New York Times, Arizona, Mormon, Portland Oregon, Seattle, Sonora, Phoenix, Joel, Christina

Spaceflight and Rocket Lab will put a Japanese shooting-star satellite into orbit

Seattle-based Spaceflight says it's handling the pre-launch logistics for a Japanese satellite that's designed to spray artificial shooting stars into the sky. Tokyo-based ALE's spacecraft is just one of seven satellites due to be sent into orbit from New Zealand as early as Nov. 25, aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle. It'll be the 10th Electron launch, earning the nickname "Running Out of Fingers." It'll also be the first launch to test the guidance and navigation h...
Tags: Science, New Zealand, Tokyo, Seattle, Electron

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