Lazada, Uber and Netflix team up ahead of Amazon’s expected entry into Southeast Asia

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 Amazon isn’t in Southeast Asia yet — the e-commerce giant pushed back plans to enter early this year — but that isn’t stopping future rival Lazada teaming up with a range of companies to offer an Amazon Prime-style membership package in advance of the U.S. e-commerce giant’s arrival. Lazada, the e-commerce firm that is majority owned by China’s Alibaba,… Read More

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Doctor Who review: Bill and the Timelord must grin and bear it in Smile

“There’s a giant smiley abattoir, and I’m having this childish impulse to blow it up.”
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Watch ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye’s epic defense of science at ‘March for Science’ in Washington, D.C.

Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” the television personality and former Boeing engineer who got his start in Seattle TV sketch comedy, gave a rousing speech in defense of science at the March for Science today in Washington, D.C. — to the traditional chant of “Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill!” from the crowd. Watch his address above and continue reading for a transcript. Bill Nye, Planetary Society CEO and host of “Bill Nye Saves The World.” Greetings, greetings, follow citizens! We are marching today to remind people everywhere — our lawmakers, especially — of the significance of science for our health and prosperity. The process of science… Read More
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Doctor Who review: Bill and the Timelord must grin and bear it in Smile

“There’s a giant smiley abattoir, and I’m having this childish impulse to blow it up.”
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Scenes from the ‘other Washington’: D.C.’s March for Science sparks a chain reaction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The scenery for the world’s most watched March for Science may have featured the political icons of the nation’s capital, but the weather was pure Seattle. Today’s rally brought thousands of people to the National Mall for hours’ worth of teach-ins and speeches, despite a Seattle-style drizzle. Bill Nye the Science Guy, a co-chair for the national March for Science movement, struck on the theme of the day when he noted that many policymakers in Washington and around the world were “deliberately and actively suppressing science.” He also noted the stereotypical view of scientists as detached nerds who dwell… Read More
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‘The oceans are rising and so are we.’ Photos, tweets, and more from Seattle’s March for Science

It’s a soggy Seattle Saturday but that didn’t deter thousands of activists from marching for climate research and sound science policy today. A huge assembly marched from Cal Anderson park in Capitol Hill to the International Fountain at Seattle Center, many chanting “the oceans are rising and so are we.” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray came out to show their support. Seattle’s March for Science is one of countless events taking place across the country in honor of Earth Day. Many of the people bracing the fickle April elements are protesting President Trump’s actions related to climate change… Read More
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Week in Geek: Facebook tries telepathic typing, inside an Amazon greenhouse, and more

Are you ready to type with just your brain? Facebook revealed this week that it’s working with a team of more than 60 scientists around the world to develop what it calls a “silent speech” interface to decode human thoughts and convert them to text. We debate the potential benefits and risks of this futuristic technology on this episode of the Week in Geek, our weekly tech news podcast. In other news, Google parent Alphabet is looking for 10,000 volunteers around the world to share personal medical information over the course of four years. The goal is to get a big-picture look at human health and track possible… Read More
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This week in Seattle: The mayoral race heats up; Scoop partners with the city to promote carpooling; Earth Day celebrations kick off; and Gov. Inslee calls for a special session. Seattle celebrates Earth Day like the nature freaks we are Happy Earth Day! There are events all around town today celebrating this gorgeous blue planet we call home. Champions of government-sponsored science research and policies that support those programs will March for Science at Cal Anderson Park. Local, sustainable food advocates should head over to MOHAI for the Edible City Science Fair. The Student Conservation Association is planning a day… Read More
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Seahawks star Russell Wilson, astronaut Buzz Aldrin share inspiration with students at WE Day

Write down your goals, listen more, and dream big. These are good pieces of advice for anyone, really, but they held special importance for more than 15,000 students who gathered inside an energetic Key Arena on Friday in Seattle for WE Day, an annual event that celebrates youth empowerment. WE Day events, hosted by non-profit WE, are attended annually by more than 200,000 students from more than 10,000 schools in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Students earn tickets by participating in local WE Schools programs. There were several celebrities who spoke on stage Friday in Seattle, including space icon Buzz Aldrin. The Apollo… Read More
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Upstream Music Fest + Summit releases app with key features for diving into inaugural Seattle event

Attendees of the upcoming Upstream Music Fest + Summit in Seattle can now prep for the big event with a new app that is packed with features that should aid in helping people discover and connect with more than 300 artists. The inaugural Upstream, conceived of by music nut and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, runs May 11-13 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. The event is made up of a summit, with keynote speakers and discussions and workshops centered around the modern business of music, and a festival, with hundreds of emerging acts from the Pacific Northwest. The app, powered by Amazon… Read More
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Geek of the Week: CIDR president John Aitchison could have been a pro sailor, but chose to cure deadly diseases instead

John Aitchison is a man of many talents. “Growing up, I wanted to be a professional sailor, but that seemed crazy — and it probably was,” he told GeekWire. “So I went to university to find another, hopefully more productive, passion.” And boy, was he successful. Aitchison found a passion for biotechnology and went on to be a founding member of the Institute for Systems Biology, where his research on the tiny structures that make up cells has helped us understand how diseases work. He later moved to the Center for Infectious Disease Research, and on Thursday he was appointed the Center’s… Read More
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University of Washington among top schools at turning ideas into patents and startups, study says

Coming up with a great idea for a new technology or startup is one thing. But turning that idea into a commercially viable product or company is a whole different ballgame. It turns out the University of Washington is pretty good at the latter. According to a new report from the Milken Institute, UW is ranked seventh among U.S. universities in commercializing ideas that come from students, staff and researchers and turning them into patents, licenses and startups. The study was first conducted in 2006, and that year UW ranked 24th. Milken attributed UW’s rise partially to putting CoMotion, the university’s collaborative… Read More
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