Category: Technology

UW center targets moonshots in materials science with $15.6 million federal grant

College students work with researchers as part of the UW Clean Energy Institute’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. (UW Clean Energy Institute Photo / Matt Hagen) The University of Washington has received a $15.6 million, six-year grant from the National Science Foundation to fund its Molecular Engineering Materials Center and take on “moonshots” that could lead to cleaner energy, advanced…

Review: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s candid book ‘Hit Refresh’ goes inside the tech giant’s revival

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) This was my litmus test for Satya Nadella’s new book: Does he write about his Grace Hopper debacle? The answer is yes. “Hit Refresh” addresses head-on the biggest public stumble of the Microsoft CEO’s career, when he told an audience at the celebration of women in computing that they should not…

Study: Millennials most concerned about losing their jobs to robots

Smartsheet last week released its “State of Automation 2017” study which provides a breakdown of industry attitudes toward automation. While an overwhelming percentage of those surveyed believe that automation can improve their workplace (97 percent), it’s clear that millennials are far more likely than any other group to consider automation a threat to their employment. The study was based on…

‘Essential startup advice’ from top Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator

Y Combinator partner Michael Seibel speaks to Harj Taggar, CEO Triplebyte. Photo via Y Combinator. The folks at Y Combinator have seen a lot startups succeed and fail, so it’s probably worth listening to their advice if you’re launching your own company. The renowned Silicon Valley accelerator published a blog post on Monday written by YC partners Geoff Ralston and…

America’s lopsided recovery: Study shows pockets of economic prosperity, leaving millions behind

This map shows EIG’s distress scores by county. (Images via EIG) When it comes to economic prosperity in America, a rising tide does not lift all boats. Looking at national statistics, the U.S. economy has bounced back from the Great Recession but a detailed new report from the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), a Washington, D.C., think tank, shows that the…

SpaceX’s Elon Musk is setting his fans up for a surprise during Mars mission update

One year after unveling his plan for Mars settlement at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, SpaceX founder Elon Musk will return to the IAC stage this week in Australia.. (SpaceX via YouTube) SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he’ll unveil “major improvements and some unexpected applications” this week when he updates his plan for sending thousands of settlers to Mars…