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    Earthquake experts lay out latest outlook for the ‘Really Big One’ that’ll hit Seattle
    <img width="790" height="534" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Cascadia tsunami simulation"><br>Earthquake experts say current building codes don’t reflect the riskiest features of the Seattle area’s geology — but the outlook for survivability looks a lot better if the Really Big One can just hold off for a few more years. That’s the bottom line from a session focusing on Seattle’s seismic hazards, presented at ground zero today during the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting. The session — titled “Is the Coast Toast?” — followed up on a 2015 New Yorker article that painted a grim picture of the possibilities, based on studies of the Pacific Northwest’s… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Third time’s the charm: Cygnus cargo ship finally gets launched to the space station
    <img width="1044" height="738" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Cygnus launch"><br>Northrop Grumman’s robotic Cygnus cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station after two launch postponements. The Cygnus lifted from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 3:21 p.m. ET (12:21 p.m. PT) today atop Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. The launch was delayed twice: The first attempt was scrubbed six days ago due to an issue with ground support equipment, and a second attempt scheduled for Friday was called off due to excessively high upper-level winds. Almost four tons’ worth of payloads are packed inside the cylindrical spacecraft — including fresh fruit, cheddar and manchego cheese, and… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    GeekWire Podcast: We (almost) hacked the election; Amazon vs. Trump; cashless stadiums
    <img width="1260" height="1260" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast: Voting online is fast, convenient and also … vulnerable. In the wake of the Iowa caucuses app fiasco, we tried voting online in a Seattle regional election. While there are valid concerns about security in web voting, organizations behind this test are confident it will be safe and are moving ahead with the technology. We voted with a smartphone in a Seattle-area election, and this is what we discovered Amazon’s latest front in its battle for a lucrative U.S. military contract has it taking on President Trump. The company… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Stripe closes Seattle office for two days as precaution after learning employee had contact with coronavirus patient
    <img width="1243" height="1260" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Payments technology company Stripe closed its Seattle engineering office for two days this week as a precaution after learning Wednesday that an employee visiting from Singapore had contact, before arriving in the United States, with someone who was subsequently diagnosed with coronavirus, the disease known as COVID-19. There’s no indication that the Stripe employee or any others have the disease, according to the company. Stripe confirmed the temporary closure in response to GeekWire’s inquiry Friday evening. The company also closed its Singapore office during the same time frame, for the same reason. “There are no Stripe employees who have been… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Why Bill Gates thinks gene editing and artificial intelligence could save the world
    <img width="1260" height="840" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Bill Gates"><br>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 they are available to everyone on the planet. And I’m very excited about this,” Gates said in Seattle during a keynote address at the annual meeting of… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Bill Gates warns that coronavirus impact could be ‘very, very dramatic,’ outlines long-term solutions
    <img width="1260" height="836" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Bill Gates spoke with broad optimism about the potential for technology to address some of the globe’s biggest challenges, but struck an ominous tone Friday in discussing the threat posed by the coronavirus as the outbreak outpaces the best efforts of doctors and health workers. The impact could be “very, very dramatic,” particularly if it spreads to areas like sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, the billionaire philanthropist said, addressing a standing-room-only audience during his keynote address at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Seattle. He called it “potentially a very bad situation.” As he… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Amazon stops working with several small delivery contractors, forcing companies to lay off hundreds
    <img width="1260" height="945" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>Amazon is ending relationships with a number of small delivery contractors across the U.S., forcing companies to lay off hundreds of workers. Bloomberg first reported Friday morning that Bear Down Logistics, an Amazon delivery partner, was shutting down operations in five states and cutting 400 jobs. Then on Friday afternoon, a WARN notice filed with the state of Washington showed that Seattle-based Delivery Force, a “last mile supplier for Amazon,” was laying off 272 workers. In an emailed statement sent to GeekWire, Amazon said these companies did not meet safety or performance requirements. Amazon works with a number of independent… <a href="">Read More</a>
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    Washington state data privacy bill passes in Senate
    <img width="900" height="601" src="" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt=""><br>A bill that would give Washington state consumers new data privacy rights and establish regulations on companies developing facial recognition technology passed in the state Senate on Friday. The bill would require companies that process large amounts of personal data to allow consumers in Washington state to access, correct, delete, and transfer that information. It would also compel companies that develop facial recognition software, like Microsoft and Amazon, to make their APIs available for third-party testing to determine whether there are issues of accuracy or bias. The legislation now has to clear the House in Washington state in order to… <a href="">Read More</a>

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