Protected African elephants at Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

From poop to ivory, how science can stop poaching

Every year as many as 50,000 elephants are killed in Africa for the illegal ivory trade. If this trend continues, African elephants could be extinct within a decade. An increasing demand for ivory in emerging markets like China — where ivory is considered a sign of wealth — has led to the killing of more […]
Apr 16, 2014
A car sports the unmistakable pink mustache of Lyft’s ridesharing service. (Photo courtesy of Lyft)

Five countries doing rideshares better than Seattle

A Seattle City Council decision will cap the number of cars for rideshare companies, but in these five countries, the model is thriving.
Feb 28, 2014

Facebook’s new gender identities exclude non-English Speakers

Last week, Facebook introduced 58 different gender identity options. But they're only available to U.S. English-speaking users.
Feb 20, 2014
Since 1992, Satya Nadella has brought Microsoft engineering expertise, business savvy, innovation and the ability to bring colleagues together, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Photo from

India-born innovator Satya Nadella takes the helm at Microsoft

Yesterday was a historic day for Microsoft with Satya Nadella’s appointment as the company's new CEO.
Feb 5, 2014
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

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

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

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

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

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

Your hitchhiking days are over, young lady!

Technology is great. But has too much connection with home spoiled the freedom of travel?

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

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

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. 

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

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