Border Patrol Agent Mike Burmudez at a command center along the Canadian border in Blaine, Washington. (Photo by Eroyn Franklin)

Judge rules gadgets are fair game in warrantless border searches

If you come with 100 miles of the Canadian border, the government can search your phone or laptop without cause.
Jan 1, 2014
Anurag Mairal works at PATH, where a suit has been made to control bleeding after childbirth. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s global health MacGyvers

Innovators from Washington state blend high-tech research and pragmatic application to create cool, surprising and even downright weird global-health inventions.
Dec 20, 2013
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How DNA can (and can’t) help you trace your family roots

Elizabeth Hayden headed for the rolling hills of the Cotswold in England to find the ancestral home of her great-grandfather, Thomas Thatcher Grimmett. (Left photo by Joe Dunckley via Flickr) DNA technology is great. But if you really want to connect with your ancestors, do your genealogical research the old fashioned way. 
Sep 4, 2013
Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square in 2011 celebrate Facebook's contribution to the Arab Spring. (Photo by Essam Sharaf via Flickr)

“Why don’t you like my post?” Americans keep it apolitical on Facebook

Millions of people around the globe are on Facebook. But when she moved to Northwest from Sri Lanka earlier this year, Frederica Jansz found out that the way people post here is completely different.
Aug 21, 2013
Stephanie Weber and her husband, Pier Paolo Perrone, of Frankfurt, Germany, look for clues to find a geocache in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood on Wednesday. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Geocaching: A global treasure hunt with Northwest roots

How a digital scavenger hunt born in Oregon has changed the way people travel.
Aug 16, 2013
Bob Dempster pushes over the rudder of The Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser replica built nearly from scratch that he and his wife, Diane, intend to fly around the world. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Local couple’s around-the-world flight plan for peace

Bob and Diane Dempster are flying a replica 1920’s era open-cockpit plane around the world to commemorate a milestone in aviation history.
Jun 28, 2013
Used computer monitors imported from overseas are polished for retail at an electronics market in Karachi, Pakistan. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Is your used computer donation really just E-waste dumping?

Want to donate your old computer to the developing world? Many recipient countries are saying ‘thanks but no thanks’.
May 28, 2013
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21 must see global films at SIFF

With 447 films from 85 countries, deciding what to see at the Seattle International Film Festival, May 16-June 9, can be daunting.  So let us give you a hand!
May 16, 2013
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Google GIFs show a rapidly changing Earth

New satellite images are a jarring reminder of the massive transformations humans have made to the planet. 
May 12, 2013
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North Korea threatens, Internet laughs

Earlier this week gave you a rundown of North Korea’s actual social media presence. Now here’s a look at the memes, GIFs and parody accounts that have sprung up in response to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear threats.
Apr 19, 2013
Sarah Stuteville (right) hitchhiking with friends in Spain in 2000. (Photo by Eroyn Franklin).

Your hitchhiking days are over, young lady!

Technology is great. But has too much connection with home spoiled the freedom of travel?
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North Korea wants to be your Facebook friend

It may be the ‘hermit kingdom’ but North Korea has a growing internet presence and a social media strategy.
Apr 16, 2013
A youth pumps up the crowd at WeDay, a star-studded event to celebrate a year of community service. (Photo by Sara Stogner)

We Day: A party with a purpose softens skeptic

At first, We Day seemed like an elaborate star-studded party to entice youth to care about social causes. Which is why at 6 a.m., I rode a bus packed with cheering, youth “crowd-pumpers” to We Day to find out for myself.
Mar 29, 2013
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Don’t call them victims, these youth are slum changemakers

The polio-fighting, clean water advocating, girls’ rights empowered youth of “The Revolutionary Optimists” shatters everything we thought we knew about creating change. 
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Three lessons Seattle should learn from Boeing’s Dreamliner-gate

The worldwide grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and its battery fire put everyone’s worst travel nightmare front and center. A local aerospace expert gave us three takeaways from the aftermath.
Feb 20, 2013
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Seattle celebrates World Radio Day with plans for new low-power stations

Radio is the world’s most widespread medium–over 70% of the world has access. With new low-power licenses being released locally this year, you can expect more diverse voices coming your radio dial.
Feb 15, 2013
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Slum Rising explores innovations in tomorrow’s megacities

One sixth of the world’s population lives in slums, but there’s a lot more going on there than poverty. You can support Slum Rising, a new series by The Seattle Globalist uncovering what’s really going on in the world’s slums, today on Kickstarter. 
Feb 13, 2013
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New Chinese highway exposes medieval Tibetan kingdom to the modern world

Cheap denim jeans replace handwoven textiles and ancient farming techniques give way to tractors as the ancient Tibetan Kingdom of Lo gets a long-awaited taste of modernity. 
Jan 30, 2013
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Small-business suicides expose China’s hidden economic crisis

“Many things that shouldn’t have happened, happened because of money," Mr. Wang Youliang tells the camera in front him. “The situation in (Wenzhou) is a secret everybody knows but you can’t talk about it in public.” He is a young entrepreneur and shoe manufacturer working in Wenzhou, China. Among his friends, five factory owners escaped and one killed himself.
Jan 29, 2013
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Top 5 bizarre plans for tonight’s Mayan apocalypse

The end is near! And for Seattleites that means going out with a bang. It’s almost December 21st, the day the Ancient Mayans predicted (sort of) that the world would end. Or maybe John Cusack just starred in a movie about it and we’ve officially lost touch with reality. Either way, Elysian Brewery is serving […]
Dec 20, 2012