Communicating with students via video chat, obliging experts have answered all manner of questions: “Have you researched the lost city of Atlantis?” “Would you rather marry a clam or be a clam?” And this, especially burning query: “Is Jupiter made of farts?”
TV shows don’t usually talk much about climate change. Rosario Dawson's YouTube series does.
Silicon Valley startup SkyCool Systems is trying to drag cooling technology into the space age. Literally: The company is freezing ice cream — and cooling office buildings — using the cold of space.
How do you keep cities cool as the world gets hotter? It's sort of a no-brainer: Less concrete, more jungle.
You've heard of meatless meat and milkless milk. But would you drink beanless coffee? The powers that be are betting on it.
10 undocumented families visit the farm regularly to harvest from beds containing an abundance of peppers, holy basil, and fist-sized tomatoes.
This advice goes out to all the climate-conscious teens out there. And, at least career-wise, I have some good news: There’s never been a better market for a climate-related job.
Back in 2015, a pack of 21 kids sued the United States to try to force government action on climate change. Four years later, that case - Juliana v. United States, or, affectionately, Youth v. Gov - is still tangled up in the courts. And the kids are losing their patience.
If candidates really want to talk about their plans for climate change in front of an audience, they can just head to Iowa.
Summer's finally here, and in case you haven't gotten the memo: You don't want to be caught dead in carbon-intensive fashion right now.
It's a daunting task, keeping a bunch of 12-year-olds interested in something for an entire school year. The cutest, whiniest boy bands barely manage it.
When Bren Smith first started farming kelp, he was embarrassed. He'd spent his life as a commercial fisherman, eating raw salmon he'd scooped out of the sea and exchanging harrowing, near-death tales in darkened bars.
Back in 2007, South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis rebelled against the Republican party and his conservative state: He told the world that climate change was real, that it was caused by humans, and that his party would "get hammered" if they didn't step up and do something about it.
How clean is your underwear? Please don't check! I'm talking sustainability here - and when it comes to the planetary impacts of your underthings, well, they're verging on unmentionable.
Back in 2008, the famously right-wing PayPal founder Peter Thiel threw money at the idea of a floating city - a sort of drifting Mar-a-Lago, where the rich could escape tax-free to a virtually lawless paradise.
Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš started her career working at a commercial fishing conglomerate, first as a receptionist, and soon taking the helm as operations manager at a bluefin tuna farm out of Mexico. But she didn't realize she was "part of the problem" - as she describes it - until she read one of those awful, devastating, doomsday climate change articles.
In 2019, we're pretty used to seeing meat substitutes that convincingly imitate the real thing. But satisfying vegan eggs are a rare bird - how could you possibly imitate the texture of an egg? The sulfuric umami? The satisfying "splat" it makes upon contact with the home of your nemesis?
Last week, students around the world walked out of school to take a stand against climate inaction. In Portland, Oregon, a strike at City Hall turned into a 2-mile walk, briefly shutting down traffic across two major bridges and ending at... the skatepark? Voodoo Doughnut?
The latest news about climate change got you in an existential spiral? Did you just finish all 322 pages of David Wallace-Wells' best-selling nightmare scenario The Uninhabitable Earth ? Get out of the fetal position and read on!
Meet five environmental justice advocates from this year’s Grist 50 who are challenging biased systems, righting wrongs, and ensuring that marginalized communities are at the center of climate solutions.
Sure, some of us were born activists. But it can take a crowbar to get the rest of us off the couch. What’s a little blue planet to do?
Should your carpets be made of agave or recycled milk jugs? Should your walls be made of hempcrete or potato peels? And, if you land on hempcrete, which brand should you buy??
Down in the dumps about the environmental impacts of toilet paper? Flush your worries away: the NRDC has a scorecard to help you determine which toilet paper brands are shittiest.
Is there science fiction out there right now, sitting on some library bookshelf, that could pave a yellow brick road to a better future? And, if there isn’t, shouldn’t there be?
Thank you, New York Fashion Week, for answering our most burning question about the impending climate apocalypse: "What will I wear?"
You've heard of meatless meat and milkless milk. But what about - don't read this while pulling an espresso shot, lest you burn it in shock - beanless coffee?
The Trouble is an up-and-coming magazine based on the notion that stopping climate change is a battle we’ve been fighting all wrong, and its founders play to win.
It's getting harder and harder to reconcile Punxsutawney Phil's Groundhog Day predictions with the realities of climate change.
Beyoncé just did more for veganism in one Instagram post than every weird guy playing slaughterhouse footage in a Guy Fawkes mask combined.
Here's a tip for President Trump: You may want to make sure the government is still shut down next time you fire off an inaccurate tweet about climate change.
O'Rourke went all beatnik on us. What if other potential 2020 hopefuls took a turn at the mic?
#MeToo came for Neil deGrasse Tyson, but he's not the only science whiz in town.
Transit rookies, we’re happy to have you — let’s keep it that way.
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When I tell my friends that I love watching comedy open mics, they look at me like they're waiting for the punchline.
Do you still equate stand-up comedy with old men making misogynistic jokes in dark, inexplicably smoky basements? Find relief in Seattle's tightknit scene of creative, inclusive shows (though, to be transparent, most of them are still in basements - can't win 'em all).
Comedian Hannibal Buress proves that you can be inhumanly productive without a morning routine. "It's all over the place," Buress said about his own schedule. "Some people pull out the calendar in their phone, and I'll be like, what the hell is going on in there? You in a whole different world to me."
Video projection-mapping competitions have been huge in Europe for over a decade, but the U.S. has been lagging behind - until now. Borealis, a Festival of Light takes place Oct. 11-14.
Seattle is full of funny people, and even more have local tour stops this fall. Here are the ones worth the price of admission, from comedy royalty like Carol Burnett to the best homegrown showcases. Share story There's a certain amount of pressure that comes with sharing a name with your comedy-superstar dad.
With art offerings incorporating such varied subject matter as artificial intelligence, brain waves, therapy and horror films, there's a Seattle exhibition to suit every taste this fall. Share story "Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film": This ongoing exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture will be here long after fall is gone.
The Village Theatre in Issaquah presents the world premiere of uproariously funny and surprisingly touching musical "The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes."
In its second season on ABC since the show left Fox in 2015, "American Idol" has developed a more uplifting bent than in years past - and the energy was there at the Bellevue auditions on Friday.
Bumbershoot headlining comedian Eugene Mirman says Seattle is among the best cities (that he knows of) for new comics. Here's what local comics on this year's lineup have to say about the scene.
Lauren Ko went from hobbyist baker to Instagram design sensation overnight. Now, she's riding the wave of pastry-made fame, dealing with internet trolls and making a living doing what she loves.
For Washington native Richard Rogers, finding food as a contestant on ABC's new survival show "Castaways" wasn't the problem - being away from his family was.
Can't make it to Canlis' Aug. 12 Milk Bar pop-up? Just really like cereal-flavored things? Here's where to get your cereal fix once Christina Tosi hits the road.
The latest contestant to be eliminated from ABC's dating show "The Bachelorette" is a fan-favorite for next season's Bachelor.
Stop fawning over Instagram photos of Milk Bar's whimsical sweets: the celebrated bakery is doing a pop-up at Canlis on Aug. 12. Maybe we can convince them to stay.
For some, jumping out of an airplane is out of the question at any age. For Stu Williamson, it's the perfect way to celebrate 100.
When The Seattle Symphony brought a string quartet to the Washington Corrections Center for Women, it performed for one of its most attentive audiences yet.
Relax - cooking with lavender is easier than it sounds. Try out these savory recipes from Seattle chefs Tom Douglas and Jerry Traunfeld.
The New York Times' recent article, "36 Hours in Seattle," gives travelers a tech-centric, meandering itinerary. Here's where they missed the mark.
Heads up, omnivores: Veggie burgers aren't just beans on a bun. We found some of Seattle's best and meatiest.
The CafePress designs of our wildest dreams somehow made it to the real world. What's the appeal?
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Dimas Padilla, a 44-year-old sales representative who lives near Orlando, hoped he had seen his last battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. But while driving one day, he felt his seatbelt pressing against his neck more tightly than usual.
Samples from the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Exotic Animal Milk Repository help scientists study the unifying trait of all mammals.
Remembering the aspirations, struggles and accomplishments of women who served a century ago.
The blockbuster movie borrowed from multiple African tribes to create a unique Wakandan style.
Lyndon Johnson’s cantankerous nature carried over to even the more engaging parts of being Commander in Chief.
Americans Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy are the latest LGBTQ athletes to go for the gold.
They defied the odds, broke the rules and continue to intrigue us long after the snow has thawed.
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A new series offers aerial views of the people who make America’s cities work
Researchers say they’ve found clues that might help us look for living on the red planet. But a Smithsonian scientist remains skeptical.
A discovery from the late Cretaceous period made for dramatic news coverage this week. Smithsonian scientists are more cautiously optimistic.
As residents of Detroit discovered this week, a massive sonic boom can register on the Richter scale
In Thurston County, about 12.5 percent of the population has a disability, with over 26,000 disabled parking permits registered to Thurston County drivers. As the population ages, the number of people with disabilities will increase, making disabled access a growing need. Meanwhile, Olympia's plan is to increase the number of people living downtown.
They were homeless, finding shelter with friends and family members, in motel rooms and, in some cases, broken down RVs without access to bathrooms and running water. Soon, those five Tumwater families will be moving into brand new, fully-furnished homes right across the street from their children's elementary school.
More than 100 people gathered outside Olympia City Hall Tuesday night to hold a vigil in response to Saturday's violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. "You have a right to your own opinion," said Irene Lewis, a member of the National Organization for Women. "But you don't have a right to kill me for my opinion."
In an effort to get more kids in Thurston County immunized before school starts, the Little Red Schoolhouse Project will partner with Thurston County Health and the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps to provide all school-required immunizations at no cost at this year's Aug. 17 school supply distribution day.
Misunderstandings about the role of female firefighters aren't all that surprising. In 2016, just 3.5 percent of firefighters in the United States were women. That's why Lacey firefighters decided to organize Capital Metro Fire Girls Camp to teach young women about the profession.
The first Yelm UFO Fest is set to launch this weekend, and organizers are preparing to welcome visitors from beyond. Or at least beyond Yelm. The festival also features the Cosmic Symposium, a speaker series at Triad Arts Theater. JZ Knight also will speak.
Lakefair kicked off Wednesday, complete with the usual attractions - a ferris wheel, musical acts, and " gut bombs " galore. But this year, some food-row favorites are conspicuously absent. Because of changing priorities and difficulties staffing a large event like Lakefair, the Olympia Kiwanis Club, which sold crowd-favorite roast beef sandwiches, and the Tumwater Rotary Club, known for their corn dogs, didn't roll out their food carts this year.
For the first time in its 53-year history, Timberland is welcoming adults to join its summer reading program.
Summer visitors to the Nisqually National Wildlife refuge enjoy panoramic views of the Nisqually Delta, intimate encounters with visiting waterfowl and, for the last 30 years, the annual Summer Lecture Series, free weekly lectures by prominent guest speakers on a wide range of environmental topics.
Palo Alto's Buena Vista Mobile Home Park will be sold to the Santa Clara Housing Authority for $40.4 million, preserving 117 units of affordable housing in Palo Alto, according to announcements last Thursday by the park's owners and the Housing Authority.
After concerns about unfair pay for Peer Health Educators (PHE) led some Resident Fellows (RFs) to refuse to hire PHEs last spring, funds have been secured to increase PHE pay for the 2017-2018 school year.
Three hundred miles southeast of Stanford in Rosamond, California, rows of solar panels stretch across the Mojave Desert. Wind turbines scatter the slopes at the base of the mountains. Between Joshua trees and desert scrub, oil pumps dip in and out of the sand.
Dozens of Stanford students spoke out in support of residents living in RVs in East Palo Alto.
At a town hall last Friday focused on seeking suggestions for the University's long-range planning process, students questioned Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell about the University's support of social justice initiatives.
After pressures from the University threatened to debilitate or even end Full Moon on the Quad (FMOTQ), the event is back and revamped. This Thursday, expect FMOTQ to bring fewer kisses and more roses, according to the junior class presidents, who plan the event each year.
At an Oakland rally on May 30 that drew tens of thousands, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a special appeal to women.