Why Do Flickers Knock on Your House?

Why Do Flickers Knock on Your House?

“If I were a flicker, I would look at houses as big trees,” says Chris Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist.With all their knocking and rolling, flickers are an entertaining bird worth watching, but not worth losing your house for.

Forget Blood—Your Skin Might Know If You’re Sick

Forget Blood—Your Skin Might Know If You’re Sick

But in a paper published in January in Nature Biomedical Engineering, researchers from Washington University in St. Louis reported catching ISF biomarkers with disposable microneedle patches and measuring them up to about 800 times more sensitively than comparable biomarker tests.

Why This Year’s Super Bowl Will Look Like Madden IRL

Why This Year’s Super Bowl Will Look Like Madden IRL

Late last year, during the Fox broadcast of a matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Football Team, fans were treated to shots of end zone celebrations that felt ethereal, almost dreamlike.

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Earlier this year, Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru sent a Twitter message to University of Washington professor Emily Bender.“This article is a very solid and well-researched piece of work,” says Julien Cornebise, an honorary associate professor at University College London who has seen a draft of the paper.

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Now, in a paper posted online in July, Klein and his advisers at the University of Washington, Anna Karlin and Shayan Oveis Gharan, have finally achieved a goal computer scientists have pursued for nearly half a century: a better way to find approximate solutions to the traveling salesperson problem.

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

A giant white school bus known as Big Bertha puttered into a two-stoplight town far north on the Olympic Peninsula, in desperate need of a new battery, on the very day the town was on alert for a different bus, one full of violent antifa activists ready to riot.

The Rainbows of Bristol Bay

The Rainbows of Bristol Bay

at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, with a focus on studying the life histories of rainbow trout in streams and lakes of the Bristol Bay drainage.In the Bristol Bay watershed, lake-migrant rainbow trout swim alongside stream-resident forms.

Trump’s Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

Trump’s Executive Orders Hurt More Than TikTok and WeChat

“The Chinese government is the one that is actively in the banning business, and they’ve got a big head start on the Trump administration,” Donald Clarke, a Chinese law specialist at George Washington University wrote in a blog post.

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

In the coming days, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee will bring the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple to Washington and ask them about their anticompetitive business practices.

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

Now, the DHS "is preparing to advise the US telecom industry on steps it can take to prevent attacks on 5G cell towers following a rash of incidents in Western Europe fueled by the false claim that the technology spreads the pathogen causing Covid-19," The Washington Post reported last week.

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

“The only way that these sort of things can be effective, if we take that model from other countries, is if you test far more cases than come up positive,” says Sham Kakade, a computer scientist at the University of Washington and a coauthor of PACT, a similar set of contact tracing protocols.

Despite Coronavirus, Washington Isn't Worried About Its Primary

Despite Coronavirus, Washington Isn't Worried About Its Primary

An election plus a budding epidemic could be an equation for disaster: thousands of people crowded together in polling places, waiting in lines, touching the same door handles and voting machines—or, fearing the prospect of germs, bailing on the whole thing, driving down turnout.

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

UK Has a Plan to Corral Huawei. But Security Concerns Linger

Washington effectively bans carriers from using the company’s equipment in US networks and has long warned that Huawei could build backdoors into its products that could be accessed by the Chinese government, something the company denies it has done or would do.

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

The Commerce Department is, in fact, still weighing further AI software controls, and the Trump administration is increasingly scrutinizing how Silicon Valley interacts with China.“I don’t think any US government official expects to keep China from developing AI—they are doing quite well—but they don’t want companies like Google or Microsoft helping them,” says James Lewis, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington DC think tank.

Washington Must Bet Big on AI or Lose Its Global Clout

Washington Must Bet Big on AI or Lose Its Global Clout

The US government must spend $25 billion on artificial intelligence research by 2025, stem the loss of foreign AI talent, and find new ways to prevent critical AI technology from being stolen and exported, according to a policy report issued Tuesday.

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

Kristin Laidre, an animal ecologist at the University of Washington and a coauthor, says the melting summer sea ice is causing trouble for big mammals: polar bears, walruses, and seals.

How to Watch the November Democratic Debate

How to Watch the November Democratic Debate

Tonight’s debate will once again feature 10 of the top Democratic candidates, who will be taking the stage in Atlanta at 9 pm Eastern.The fifth Democratic debate is being cohosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

Computers Are Learning to Read—But They're Still Not So Smart

Computers Are Learning to Read—But They're Still Not So Smart

In an April 2018 paper coauthored with collaborators from the University of Washington and DeepMind, the Google-owned artificial intelligence company, Bowman introduced a battery of nine reading-comprehension tasks for computers called GLUE (General Language Understanding Evaluation).

NASA's New Space Suits Will Fit Men and Women Alike (for Once)

NASA's New Space Suits Will Fit Men and Women Alike (for Once)

To fit any size astronaut, the new suit comes with modular components across the chest and waist that can be cinched or expanded.“We need to learn to live and work on the surface of another world for long periods of time, and in order to do that we need space suits,” Bridenstine told a roomful of NASA employees, students, and reporters at NASA headquarters in Washington.

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

Muhammad Fahd, 34, and his co-conspirators allegedly paid AT&T employees more than $1 million in bribes over five years to install malware and spying devices at their offices in Washington, according to a Department of Justice indictment unsealed Monday.

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

European Union regulators have recently revealed a flurry of actions against US tech companies, starting last month with an investigation into chipmaker Broadcom over whether it used exclusivity agreements to fend off competitors.

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

The Democratic Debates Will Be About Climate—Disguised as Other Issues

Don’t tell anyone, but Jay Inslee is going to get a presidential debate focused on climate change .Inslee, the governor of Washington state and one of two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has been agitating for such a single-topic debate for months.

Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokémon Go—But Bigger

Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokémon Go—But Bigger

Back in the Minecraft offices in Redmond, Washington, where they shared a building with Halo studio 343 Industries, the team would put people in the HoloLens and then send AR sheep walking down the hallway toward them—“slowly, certainly not threateningly,” Persson says now, sitting in a conference room right next to that hallway.

Census Citizenship Question Riles Tech and Privacy Groups

Census Citizenship Question Riles Tech and Privacy Groups

"Our position is that collecting citizenship information from every person in the country and transferring it in bulk to another federal agency potentially for criminal law enforcement is a gross invasion of privacy that isn't justifiable," says John Davisson, counsel at EPIC.The organization filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Washington DC, laying out much the same argument.

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News

Beyoncé Is Back, Lyft Pumps the Brakes, and More News. Lyft has to pump the brakes on its e-bikes. A Lyft subsidiary had to pull its e-bikes from New York, Washington, and San Francisco after riders reported injuries from unexpectedly strong front brakes .

Male Birth Control Could Actually Happen. But Do Men Want It?

Male Birth Control Could Actually Happen. But Do Men Want It?

Now a professor at the University of Washington, Page oversees three studies of new contraceptive methods for men: a hormonal pill, which suppresses sperm production with a compound called DMU; an injection, modeled after the Depo-Provera shot for women; and the NES/T gel, which uses a type of progestin called nesterone in concert with testosterone.

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

Mueller—or the Southern District, or one of the other 18-plus investigations targeting the president—could dramatically alter the impeachment narrative in Washington in at least three ways: (1) by outlining clear evidence of a specific presidential crime, (2) a demonstrable, smoking-gun-included pattern of obstruction, or (3) demonstrable action taken to compromise American interests at the expense of advancing a foreign power’s goals, including actively conspiring with Russia in the 2016 campaign.

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

In a statement, An, the Google lobbyist, said he has no knowledge “of the author who goes by The Real DC.” Yelp vice president of public policy Luther Lowe denied any connection to the video or tweet.

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up' Elena Lacey; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images The breaking news hit a snowy Washington on Wednesday: Newly installed attorney general William Barr appears to be preparing to announce the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

The Government's New Weather Model Faces a Storm of Protest

For the past few weeks, the National Weather Service has been forecasting snowfall that ends up disappearing, according to Doug Kammerer, chief meteorologist at WRC-TV in Washington, DC.

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