University of Washington

Researchers convert consumer electronics into sonars to covertly track activity of people

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a method to covertly track the activity of people in a room, and in some conditions, …

Surveillance

How Retinol Can Help With Pretty Much Every Skin Problem

Lobster-red skin, stinging sunburns, and flaky complexions have long been the stuff of retinol-use lore. So, it’s no wonder that some of us stay away from the stuff, thinking it's too harsh. Dermatologists swear by retinol, counting it as a must-have for just about everyone (second only to SPF), …

Skin Care

Don't fall into neo-Nazis' trap by confronting them | Opinion

<i>This article originally appeared on the</i> Conversation.<p>After the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, many people are asking themselves what …

Racism

GeekWire Calendar Picks: The business value of being a parent; tour The Riveter’s new Fremont location; and more

Being a working parent — and particularly a working mom — is hard. But can being a parent also make you a better business leader?<p>Julia Freeland …

Machines Taught by Photos Learn a Sexist View of Women

Last fall, University of Virginia computer-science professor Vicente Ordóñez noticed a pattern in some of the guesses made by image-recognition …

Women's News

Can Seattle avoid Bay Area problems? Researchers using data to predict how neighborhoods will evolve

Seattle is experiencing unrelenting population growth, driven largely by its booming technology industry. If policymakers are to avoid some of the …

San Francisco

Week In Geek Podcast: A scary game bot, snooping via smartphone, and Google’s Seattle startup deal

On this episode of the Week in Geek Podcast, we start with two fascinating tech advances with not-so-great implications for humanity.<p>First, …

Artificial Intelligence

Inside UW’s cutting-edge Clean Energy Testbeds, researchers seek breakthroughs to help the planet

The students and technicians in white lab coats look like they could be testing and developing processes and prototypes for just about anything. But …

Clean Energy

The Best Free Online JavaScript Classes

Anyone can improve their programming skills with these free online JavaScript classes. Whether you're getting started or just need a quick refresher, …

JavaScript

How A Pop Song Could “Watch” You Through Your TV

Your phone, TV, or connected device could become a sonar spy, as white hat hackers at the University of Washington give new meaning to bad music.<p>Forget your classic listening device: Researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated that phones, smart TVs, Amazon Echo-like assistants, …

Ben-Gurion University

One-third of Seattle drivers 'cruising' for parking, rides, study finds

More than one-third of drivers in Seattle are either searching for parking or are ridesharing drivers waiting for ride assignments. That's according …

University of British Columbia

A century ago, Jewish Salonica burned. It was rebuilt, only to be destroyed anew.

Destruction after the great fire in Salonica, Greece, Sept. 4, 1917. (Photo 12/ UIG via Getty Images)(JTA) — Exactly a century ago, on Aug. 18, 1917, …

History

DNA sequencing tools lack robust protections against cybersecurity risks

Rapid improvement in DNA sequencing has sparked a proliferation of medical and genetic tests that promise to reveal everything from one’s ancestry to …

DNA

Chiefs vs. Bengals is a showcase for NFL’s fastest players

Wide receivers Tyreek Hill and John Ross might be the two fastest players in the entire NFL and they’ll face off on Saturday in Cincinnati. The …

NFL

France’s Climate Science Grants Want To Make The Planet Great Again–And Thousands Have Applied

France’s response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord was to offer safe harbor for scientists and entrepreneurs who might lose funding in the U.S. For worried Americans, it might be a good deal.<p>In the past, a young American climate researcher with a PhD might have applied to work …

Climate

5 Effective Parenting Programs: Proven Systems To Reduce Bad Behavior In Kids

Parents can take birthing classes to know what to expect for labor, but there is no manual parenting guide that can ill-equip parents on how to care …

Education

Computers, Smartphones Can Be Used as a Sonar-Like Tracking System

New research published this week by researchers from the University of Washington shows how an attacker could track a user's movements using speakers …

Tracking Systems

First-Choice Majors of UW Confirmed Incoming Freshmen

The trend continues – at the University of Washington, and across the nation. The two charts shown here tell the story: they show the ten top …

Virginia clashes bring attention to anti-fascist movement

SEATTLE (AP) — The deadly white nationalist demonstration in Virginia has brought new attention to an anti-fascist movement whose black-clad, bandanna-wearing members have been a regular presence at protests around the country in the last year.<p>Members of the "antifa" movement were among those …

News (U.S.)

Daleiden Wins Legal Victory in University of Washington Fetal Tissue Investigation

Court asks lower court to justify extensive redactions in fetal tissue records.

Conservative View

Researchers Hacked Into DNA and Encoded it With Malware

Welcome to the World of Biohacking<p>Biologists pay scrupulous attention to DNA synthesis, not just out of a need for precision, but also as a …

DNA

Inside the battery-free cell phone of the future

The battery-free phone runs on ambient light and RF signals, though it's not enough to power your favorite game.<p>Batteries: You can't live with them, …

Batteries

Google sees a future in wearable-free health monitoring

Google and its Alphabet parent haven't been shy about their interest in digital health, and now they're taking that curiosity in an unusual but potentially very helpful direction. <i>GeekWire</i> reports that Google has acquired Senosis Health, a Seattle-area startup whose focus was on turning smartphones …

Digital Health

Alphabet snaps up smartphone-enabled screening tool developer

Google parent company, Alphabet, has snapped up digital health startup Senosis Health — a Seattle-based company that converts smartphones into …

Health Care

Potentially Habitable, Tidally-Locked Exoplanets May be Very Common, say New Study

Studies of low-mass, ultra-cool and ultra-dim red dwarf stars have turned up a wealth of extra-solar planets lately. These include the discoveries of …

Exoplanets

WaPo: Yeah, We Should Take These Minimum Wage Studies Seriously

They're screwing workers, folks

Conservative View

Cliff Mass Has Yet Another Bad Idea: Ignore White Supremacists

Mudede vs Mass continues. by Charles Mudede Scott Olson A tipper informed me late yesterday that an email sent to an academic listserv by local …

Racism

Google's latest acquisition could reduce your trips to the clinic

GeekWire reports that Google has acquired Senosis, a Seattle-based startup that’s been making mobile apps to identify and monitor health conditions without the need for additional hardware.<p>Fronted by Shwetak Patel, a computer science and electrical engineering professor at the University of …

Digital Health

Want to understand white privilege? Look at college golf teams like mine

It's time we talked about how colleges let affluent white students be supported by African-American student labor<p>More and more discussion has become centered around what white privilege is. But very little dialogue has taken place around white privilege in college sports and the labor of …

Lifestyle

National Radio Week: KEXP on the Social Impact of Community Radio

I know I’m not the only one in the United States to make a more determined attempt to find community, since, let’s say… November 9, 2016. And, while I’m usually in a bit of a climate action bubble, I was able to find the people, the joy and the feeling of real hope for the future by becoming more …