Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is among four inductees added to the Washington Life Science Hall of Fame this year. (Fred Hutch Photo / Robert Hood) The Washington Life Science Hall of Fame welcomed four new inductees into its ranks today. The honor was awarded to a quartet of Washingtonians who have made an impact in research and discovery as pioneers in the field of life sciences. Meet the people leading the path to the future of medicine and health care: Dr. Lee Huntsman Lee ...
President Donald Trump is calling for significant cuts in science spending. (Flickr / Gage Skidmore) President Donald Trump sent his budget request for the next fiscal year to Congress today, giving the science community a glimpse of what may be to come – and many don’t like what they see. The budget proposal cuts funding for most research and development programs in favor of defense and homeland security spending. The National Institute of Health’s budget would be reduced 22 percen...
Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith speaking at the Life Sciences Northwest conference in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Chelsey Ballarte) A life sciences conference isn’t the first place you’d expect to find Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith. But that’s precisely where he was Tuesday morning, and he had an important message for the life sciences industry: if it wants to scale up, it should look to our neighbors to the north. Speaking at Life...
A new study from the Oregon State University published in the Journal of Management has monitored the work and sex habits of married employees over the course of two weeks and found those couples who had more sex reported “increased positive affect at work the following day, independent of the effects of marital satisfaction” and that “sex at home increased both daily job satisfaction and daily job engagement as a function of increased positive affect.” Then study also went on to note th...
One of the featured projects at the Consilience event: Cosmic Bitcasting is a wearable cosmic ray sensor. It is a collaboration between media artist Afroditi Psarra and experimental physicist Cécile Lapoire. (Cosmic Bitcasting Photo via Vimeo) How do we understand science? That’s the question posed by the Institute for Systems Biology’s annual event, Consilience, and this year’s event will give Seattle science geeks a chance to experience the world around us like never before...
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee today said science and technology must be made "more inclusive" and not just benefit "a select few" sectors.      "Our pursuits in science and technology have to be more inclusive and encompassing, improving the lives of our vast population," Mukherjee said while addressing an event to mark the 19th National Technology Day here.      The President said that disparities between haves and have-nots,...
Ed Lazowska of the University of Washington takes home the Geek of the Year award at the 2017 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) The University of Washington’s fingerprints were all over last night’s GeekWire Awards. Two of the Deal of the Year finalists, Impinj’s IPO and Turi’s $200 million acquisition by Apple, have ties to UW. Ed Lazowska, the longtime UW computer science professor who is spearheading the campaign for a second computer science buildin...
NEW DELHI:  If at all there is a case warranting death sentence, it is the December 16, 2012 gangrape-cum-murder case which "shocked the collective conscience of the society", the lone woman judge in the Supreme Court, Justice R Banumathi, said today.      The judge, who wrote a separate but concurring verdict upholding capital punishment to the four convicts, said if the dreadfulness of the men who raped and inserted iron rod in the victim's private parts, doe...
When Jon Levy went to Pamplona, Spain for its infamous "Running of the Bulls," he was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. The bull entered the stadium, missed its jump and landed on top of Levy--crushing him. Another time, he decided to do a Polar Plunge in Antarctica, diving headfirst into the arctic water. "I didn't do it to impress a woman ... well maybe a little," says Levy, a behavioral scientist, and author of The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure. "I didn't enjo...
Stephen Colbert popularized the phrase, “It’s a well-known fact that reality has a liberal bias.” It’s the kind of sloganeering that’s caused many a progressive liberal to adopt a smug, self-satisfied view of the world with a sense of certainty that stands unfaltering—until faced with dissent. New research (via New Scientist) shows that leftists are every bit as deluded those they mock, and that they’re just as prone to confirmation bias as their political opponents. A new study pu...
NEW DELHI: Concerned over China outpacing India in the science and technology sector, Niti Aayog has recommended constituting a national Science, Technology and Innovation foundation headed by a distinguished scientist to coordinate efforts on national scale and come out with a roadmap.  The suggestion has been made in the three-year (2017-2020) draft action plan which was put online for public consultation.   The draft plan observed that India has been greatly outpaced by China...
Annual Las Vegas musical festival, Life is Beautiful has just unveiled their official 2017 lineup. This year, the three-day festival will play host the likes of Chance The Rapper, Gorillaz, The xx, Lorde, Pusha T and even Bill Nye The Science Guy, who recently called upon Tyler, The Creator to create his new theme song. The event will be taking place September 22 - 24 in Downtown Las Vegas with three-day passes going on sale beginning Thursday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PT on lifeisbeautiful.com. Chec...
They gathered at a biomedical research park in Barcelona, outside the Queensland Parliament House in Brisbane, and in a 70-person huddle in Blantyre, Malawi, chanting "Taima nji" ("We are standing strong"). They stormed the capitals of London, Paris, Tokyo, and Mexico City; assembled in cities accustomed to activism (San Francisco, Geneva, New York) and in those not so much, like Morgantown, West Virginia. What began as a "throwaway" post on Reddit grew into a bullhorn of a message sounded from ...
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, fol...
A breast cancer survivor poses as Wonder Woman among other demonstrators at the March for Science, with the U.S. Capitol in the background. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) 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-st...
When Dennis and Christina Dorward awoke to their alarm at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, there wasn’t a question of whether they would get out of bed, catch a four-hour bus to Washington, D.C., and brave a chilly rain on the National Mall to protest — all in the name of science. “We were committed,” said Christina Dorward, from beneath both a windbreaker and an umbrella. “We weren’t going to miss this.” Like thousands of other people, the Dorwards joined ...
Thousands marched in Seattle and around the country to support science and scientists. (GeekWire Photo / Lisa Stiffler) 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 ...
One March for Science protester has a message for President Donald Trump: “Scientists invented your spray tan!” Thousands of scientists gathered in Washington, D.C., and around the world to celebrate science in light of Trump Administration policies targeting their work — including proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health. And the scientists certainly did not disappoint with their posters. One read “Shrodinger’s...
Musician and multi-instrumentalist Questlove said science should belong to the masses at the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Questlove, one of the event’s co-hosts, spoke about the importance of science and facts during the new presidential administration as thousands of scientists gathered at hundreds of cities around the world on Earth Day in light of new policies affecting their work. “The rational scientific thought gets us out of the highest corners and to...
On April 22, 1970, nearly 20 million Americans (including members of both houses of Congress) came out to march in various cities to protest the spread of pollution, wildlife extinction, anti-earth behavior by corporations, and more. The event eventually helped start an environmental movement that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of a wide range of legislation and regulations designed to protect the environment. This Saturday, scientists and researchers ...