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Allen Institute reorganizes brain science division, with added focus on neural computation

Seattle's Allen Institute is heading into a new phase of research into neuroscience — a phase that includes reorganizing its current activities as well as adding new ones. The Allen Institute for Brain Science, which is the largest division under the institute's umbrella, was established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2003 and has continued on its mission since Allen's death...

Boeing says it’ll redo uncrewed flight test of Starliner space taxi to space station

Boeing says it will redo the uncrewed test flight of its Starliner space taxi to the International Space Station, after months of reviewing what went wrong during a flight that fell short of the mark. NASA said it supported Boeing's decision. Last December's Starliner tryout, known as the Orbital Flight Test, failed to rendezvous with the space station when the craft's onboard flight...


MONDAY 6. APRIL 2020


Xplore wins award from Air Force to study navigational tools for moon missions

Seattle-based Xplore has won a $50,000 award from the Air Force to develop an architecture for keeping track of missions between Earth and the moon. The three-month study is being funded through the Air Force's AFWERX technology innovation program, a partnership involving the Air Force Research Laboratory and the National Security Innovation Network. The Air Force wants to develop systems for...


SATURDAY 4. APRIL 2020


Inside Kim Kardashian's Prison-Reform Machine

Kim Kardashian West breezed into a steakhouse in Washington, D.C., last month wearing a bright white outfit with a giant fabric flower on the lapel. Technically, it was a pantsuit, but tighter and more fabulous than its Beltway cousins.Inside the restaurant, Charlie Palmer, with its plate-glass windows overlooking the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, her sizable entourage roamed around an area...

It's Bedlam in the Mask Market, as Profiteers Out-Hustle Good Samaritans

Last month, Susan Houghtelling, a hospital supply-chain manager in upstate New York, was facing a shortfall of medical supplies when her inbox suddenly flooded with offers.There were advertisements for gallons of hand sanitizer, crates of isolation gowns and, most crucially, pallets of N95 masks -- perhaps the most sought-after product on the planet. All were for prices that were multiples higher...


FRIDAY 3. APRIL 2020


NASA goes back to the future and revives its formerly forbidden ‘worm’ logo

NASA is restoring a squiggly graphic representation of its acronym, known as "the Worm," to a place of prominence, 28 years after it was consigned to the dustbin of space history. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared that "the worm is back" today in a tweet — and revealed that it's been painted on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that's due to launch NASA astronauts...


THURSDAY 2. APRIL 2020


Amid ‘rapidly evolving’ COVID-19 outbreak, Blue Origin’s launch plans spark debate

Discussions about future launch plans for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture have reportedly generated internal acrimony due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak — and that, in turn, has generated reassurances about safety. The acrimony is laid out in a report from The Verge, based on accounts from unnamed employees as well as an audio recording of a staff meeting at the...


WEDNESDAY 1. APRIL 2020


Japanese astronaut joins the crew for SpaceX Dragon mission to space station

The first non-American to be added to the crew for a SpaceX Dragon flight to the International Space Station is Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Noguchi first visited the space station in 2005 during the first space shuttle flight following the 2003 Columbia shuttle tragedy, and rode a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month orbital stay on the station in 2009-2010. For his next mission,...


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Univ. of Washington studies antimalarial drug’s use to head off COVID-19, with Gates Foundation’s aid

University of Washington researchers are among the leaders of a newly announced clinical trial investigating whether hydroxychloroquine, a drug that's commonly used to counter malaria and autoimmune disease, can prevent COVID-19. The multi-site trial, managed by UW in collaboration with New York University's Grossman School of Medicine, aims to determine definitively whether taking the...


SUNDAY 29. MARCH 2020



SATURDAY 28. MARCH 2020


Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping lanes, scientists say. The phenomenon already has increased ship strikes involving rare North Atlantic right whales...