NASA shows off a drive-by snapshot of Earth from OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe

This color composite image of Earth was taken by the MapCam camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Sept. 22, just hours after the spacecraft completed its Earth gravity assist maneuver at a range of about 106,000 miles. (NASA GSFC / Univ. of Arizona Photo) During last week’s flyby, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured a stunning portrait of Earth’s disk, spanning the Pacific from Australia to America’s West Coast. The color composite image, created from readings that were captured on Friday while the asteroid probe zoomed past at an altitude of 106,000 miles, was released by NASA and the University of Arizona today. You can make out Australia at lower left, and… Read More

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Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer among those praising Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s book ‘Hit Refresh’

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s new book, “Hit Refresh,” was released Tuesday. (GeekWire / HarperCollins Photos) Plenty of interested readers outside of Microsoft will pick up CEO Satya Nadella’s new book, “Hit Refresh,” to gain some insight into how the tech giant functions and what Nadella has learned in his time at the top. Two guys who know full well what that might entail have already weighed in and praised the book. In an Instagram post on Monday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates shared a photo of himself with Nadella, and said that when he heard his former co-worker was working on a book he couldn’t wait to read it. Now that… Read More

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Dems knock Zinke for trashing his staff to oil crowd

By Matthew Daly | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are criticizing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke after he said nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump. Zinke had said that when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March, “I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag” and compared Interior to a pirate ship. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona said Tuesday that Zinke should “apologize to the public servants he is supposed to be leading.” Interested in more coverage of the California marijuana industry? Head to TheCannifornian.com or subscribe to The Cannifornian newsletter to get cannabis-related… Read More

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Earthquake ‘thermometer’ shows LA region is boiling to Northridge level

The Los Angeles region’s “earthquake potential score,” a gauge for assessing the likelihood of a destructive temblor, has surpassed the level assigned to the 6.7 magnitude Northridge Earthquake of 1994, according to a University of California Davis professor. The score is created through “nowcasting,” a method of using small earthquakes to mark the current progress between larger and more dangerous ones, according to John Rundle, a professor of geology and physics at UC Davis. Rundle developed the idea in collaboration with researchers from UC Irvine and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “The data says that within 100 kilometers of Los Angeles, as judged by the number of small earthquakes, we are… Read More

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Mobile marketing startup Tune cuts 9% of staff as it looks to return to profitability

Seattle-based mobile marketing startup Tune today cut 9 percent of its staff, or about 30 employees, as it looks to return to profitability. Tune CEO Peter Hamilton confirmed the cuts with GeekWire today, noting that the layoffs came across the company and its nine offices worldwide. He said it was a difficult decision, but one that was “necessary to ensure the health of the business.” “As we continue to scale quickly, our expenses have trended just a little higher than our revenue,” he explained. “This decision ensures we move forward as a cash flow positive organization, which really gives us the most control of our future.” Tune builds technology for… Read More

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Beyond the jetpack: Boeing backs GoFly’s $2M contest for personal flying machines

The $2 million GoFly Prize for personal flying devices aims to make a splash. (GoFly via YouTube) For decades, if not centuries, people have been dreaming about flying free like a bird — and now there’s a $2 million contest to bring that dream closer to reality, made possible with a boost from Boeing. Over the next two years, the GoFly Prize program aims to provide incentives for teams to develop one-person flying devices that are capable of making vertical or near-vertical takeoffs and taking 20-mile aerial trips — without refueling or recharging. “Two years from now, we will be able to look to the sky and say, ‘Look at… Read More

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Watch: Spectacular video of aurora borealis from space

A time-lapse video shot by International Space Station astronaut Paolo Nespoli shows North America enveloped in a stunning green glow. Related Articles Trump taps former pilot to head NASA Astronaut Whitson returns with a few more records in hand The video, taken Sept. 15, starts over the California coast, then sweeps across the Northern Rockies and the Plains to Quebec. It was during a period of particularly intense northern lights, as a series of powerful solar flares generated a geomagnetic storm. …read more Source:: East Bay – Science

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Why Fred Hutch President Gary Gilliland is enlisting techies to defeat cancer by 2025

Gary Gilliland, president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, stands by his prediction that most cancers will be curable by 2025. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) The president and director of Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Gary Gilliland, is bringing big-data experts on board to make good on his controversial prediction that there could be cures and therapies for “most, if not all, human cancers” by 2025. Those experts include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Mike Clayville, a vice president at Amazon Web Services, both of whom serve on Fred Hutch’s board of trustees. Gilliland, one of the featured speakers at the upcoming GeekWire Summit, says… Read More

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Seattle retains title of hottest housing market in the country with Portland right behind

Cranes dot the neighborhood around Amazon’s South lake Union campus, with its Doppler and Day 1 towers and Spheres visible at top right. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Seattle home values continue to skyrocket, rising at a rate of more than double the national average in July. According to the latest installment of the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, Seattle home prices shot up 13.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. Portland saw the second fastest home price growth at 7.6 percent, according to the report. The national average for July was 5.9 percent. Seattle has consistently been the hottest housing market in the nation over the last few years, buoyed… Read More

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National Geographic visits Alameda’s Crab Cove Visitor Center

ALAMEDA – School kids on field trips are often the ones stopping by Crab Cove Visitor Center at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. But in late August it was National Geographic Society photographer Joel Sartore who was visiting the place that the East Bay Regional Park District boasts is home to the world’s most diverse captive collection of native California freshwater fish. Sarore leads the National Geographic Society’s Photo Ark, a project to document every species on Earth living in captivity. Assisted by Josh Porter, a park district resource analyst, and Supervising Naturalist James Wilson, Sartore photographed 46 species of California fish and crustaceans in the center’s aquarium lab.… Read More

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